MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will bring its popular traveling exhibit, “Motion,” to the Lincoln K-12 School on Thursday, March 22.
“We’re delighted to be traveling to Lincoln, where spectrUM has collaborated with educators for nearly a decade to inspire students about STEM, higher education and career pathways,” said Jessie Herbert-Meny, head of educational programs for spectrUM and the UM Broader Impacts Group.
Featuring hands-on exhibits and interactive activities, “Motion” explores the wonders of physics and engineering. Highlights of the exhibition will include a larger-than-life spinning turntable, a gravity well, flying cups, a Bernoulli Blower and spectrUM’s popular flight simulator. The visit is sponsored by the Lincoln School.
During the school day, students in kindergarten through 12th grade will participate in guided field trips to the “Motion” exhibit. Families and friends are invited to explore the exhibit the same evening at a free Family Science Night from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lincoln School gymnasium.
SpectrUM’s mobile science program engages K-12 students with hands-on science experiences that, according to spectrUM Director Holly Truitt, are designed “to close persistent opportunity and achievement gaps and foster a vibrant, homegrown workforce in our state.”
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, and collective-impact initiatives on the Flathead Reservation, in the Bitterroot and in Missoula. 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.
To date, BIG programs have reached K-12 students in three-quarters of Montana’s counties and on all seven of the state’s American Indian reservations. BIG and spectrUM are supported by an array of local and national funding sources, including the National Science Foundation, Montana National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, 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 Herbert-Meny at 406-243-4828 or visit http://spectrum.umt.edu/.