MISSOULA – “Water,” the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s exhibition highlighting ecosystem science, will visit Corvallis on Monday through Friday, March 20-24.
Created by researchers from UM’s Montana Institute on Ecosystems, “Water” features interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, such as a virtual watershed sandbox, a groundwater model and spectrUM’s popular erosion table. The exhibition is funded by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, the Montana National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program and the Clark Fork Coalition. The tour stop is powered by the Jane S. Heman Foundation.
During school days throughout the week, students from Corvallis will participate in guided field trips to the “Water” exhibition. Families and friends can attend a free Family Science Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Corvallis Middle School.
SpectrUM’s mobile science program travels statewide with hands-on science exhibits and activities guided by museum educators. SpectrUM Director Holly Truitt said the goal of spectrUM’s mobile outreach is “to inspire Montana’s next generation about STEM and higher education and to help power a vibrant, homegrown workforce in our state.”
Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, spectrUM serves more than 55,000 Montanans annually, of whom 30 percent are Native American and more than 75 percent live in rural communities. Since 2006, spectrUM has traveled exhibits and educators to 73 schools and four public libraries in 31 Montana counties, including all seven American Indian reservations statewide.
Additional spectrUM sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, NASA, the Martin Family Foundation, the Montana Space Grant Consortium, the Simons Foundation, GSK-Science in the Summer, and the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation.
For more information, call spectrUM Director Holly Truitt at 406-243-4872 or visit http://www.spectrum.umt.edu.