SpectrUM to Share Science Activities at Missoula Kids Fair

March 08, 2017

MISSOULA – Children can explore brain games, guided dissections and more with the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area during the Kids Fair at Southgate Mall on Saturday, March 11.

Organized by Mountain FM 102.5, the Kids Fair is a free, public event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to exhibits and demonstrations, the fair will include crafts, prizes and games.

SpectrUM Director Holly Truitt said the science center’s goal is to “inspire Montanans, especially our next generation, about STEM and higher education and to power a vibrant, homegrown work force in our state.”

SpectrUM engages more than 55,000 Montanans annually through in-museum and mobile programs. Since 2006, spectrUM has brought exhibits and educators to 73 schools and four public libraries in 31 counties and on all seven American Indian reservations statewide. Thirty percent of the people spectrUM serves are Native American, and more than 75 percent live in rural communities.

SpectrUM is powered by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, NASA, the Jane S. Heman Foundation, 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 or to book a school visit, call Truitt at 406-243-4872 or visit http://spectrum.umt.edu

Contact: Holly Truitt, director, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4828, holly.truitt@umontana.edu.