UM News Service
MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area has released its 2019 summer camp lineup.
The camps invite children ages 6-14 to dive into a range of science-related subjects from June to August. Enrollment for spectrUM’s summer camps will open on Friday, Feb.1, for spectrUM members. On Saturday, Feb. 16, summer camp enrollment will open to the general public.
Registration can be found online at https://spectrum.umt.edu/, where the public can also purchase spectrUM memberships, request a scholarship or make online donations.
SpectrUM’s summer camps include a variety of options, including Get Set to Be a Vet, Treasure Island Adventures, The Magic of Chemistry, Makers Academy and Camp Contraption. The majority of spectrUM summer camps will be held at Missoula College’s River Campus at 1205 E. Broadway St., with a few camps taking place at spectrUM Discovery Area, located at 812 Toole Ave.
“At spectrUM’s summer camps, kids can try everything from designing and building catapults and bridges to extracting DNA and hunting for a treasure chest on a pirate’s map,” said spectrUM Associate Director Jessie Herbert-Meny. “We’re especially excited for the launch of our online registration this year, as well as our new summer camp venue at Missoula College.”
Serving more than 200,000 Montanans annually through museum and mobile programming, spectrUM is UM’s hands-on science center dedicated to inspiring the next generation about STEM, higher education and career pathways. In addition to spectrUM Discovery Area, spectrUM engages in programming at EmPower Place at Missoula Food Bank and Community Center, in the Bitterroot Valley and on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
SpectrUM is part of UM’s Broader Impacts Group, which harnesses the University’s research and creative scholarship to foster innovation and social mobility. 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.
The public can visit spectrUM’s museum from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission costs $3.50 per person.