SpectrUM’s ‘Motion’ Exhibit Travels to Charlo

March 02, 2018

MISSOULA – “Motion,” one of the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s popular traveling exhibits, will visit Charlo on Monday, March 5.

Featuring hands-on exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of physics and engineering, “Motion” will transform the Charlo School gymnasium into an interactive science museum. Highlights of the exhibition include a larger-than-life spinning turntable, a gravity well and spectrUM’s popular flight simulator. This tour stop is powered by Charlo School.

Families and friends are invited to explore the exhibit at a free Family Science Night from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Charlo School gymnasium. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Education Department’s Kwul ’I’tkin Maker Truck, a mobile makerspace that weaves together STEM and culture, also will participate in the Family Science Night with a drum-making activity.

Funded by a National Science Foundation EAGER grant, the Kwul ’I’tkin Maker Truck was co-created by spectrUM, CSK Tribal Education, spectrUM’s SciNation advisory group and tribal elders.

SpectrUM and its SciNation advisory group collaborate on an array of programs designed to generate a homegrown, Native STEM workforce on the Flathead Reservation. In addition to Family Science Nights, their year-round programming includes a Science Learning Tent at the Arlee Celebration and Elmo’s Standing Arrow Powwow, “Science Bytes” that embed hands-on STEM activities and role models at summer free-meal sites, the Kwul ’I’tkin Maker Truck and, this May 19, a Tech Challenge, part of a U.S. Department of Education-funded collective impact led by Salish Kootenai College.

SpectrUM and SciNation’s innovative collective-impact approach has garnered awards from the Montana Indian Education Association, the Noyce Foundation, the Simons Foundation and the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science.

“By linking arms with the Tribes, SciNation, local K-12 schools and other STEM and higher education champions on the Flathead Reservations, we’re co-creating potentially transformative learning experiences that put students on the fast track to fulfilling careers in their home community and beyond,” said spectrUM Director Holly Truitt. “This collective effort is accomplishing what none of our organizations could on our own.”

Now in its 10th year, spectrUM Discovery Area is UM’s hands-on science center, serving more than 200,000 Montanans annually through in-museum and statewide mobile programming. SpectrUM is part of UM’s Broader Impacts Group, which harnesses the University’s research and creative scholarship to foster social mobility and a vibrant, homegrown workforce for Montana.

BIG and spectrUM are supported by an array of local and national funding sources, including the National Science Foundation, Montana NSF EPSCoR, NASA, the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Jane S. Heman Foundation and the Martin Family Foundation.

In Missoula, the public can visit spectrUM at 812 Toole Ave. from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission costs $3.50 per person.

For more information or to book a school visit, call spectrum Head of Educational Programs Jessie Herbert-Meny at 406-243-4828 or visit http://spectrum.umt.edu/.

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Contact: Jessie Herbert-Meny, head of educational programs, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4828, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.