MISSOULA – “Water,” the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s newest traveling exhibition, will visit Darby on Tuesday, April 4.
During the school day, students from Darby will participate in guided field trips to the “Water” exhibition. Families and friends are invited to attend a free Family Science Night from 5 to 7 p.m. at Darby School.
Created with researchers from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, “Water” features interactive exhibits and hands-on activities exploring ecosystems science. Highlights of the exhibition include 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. This tour stop is powered by the Jane S. Heman Foundation.
The spectrUM Discovery Area’s mobile science program travels statewide with hands-on science exhibits and activities guided by museum educators. According to spectrUM Director Holly Truitt, 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, UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area serves more than 55,000 Montanans annually through in-museum and mobile programs. 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 in Montana. In total, spectrUM’s mobile science program has served over 52,000 people, of whom 30 percent are Native American and over 75 percent live in rural communities.
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 Truitt at 406-243-4872 or visit http://www.spectrum.umt.edu.