|July 10, 2014
UM Spectrum tent introduced powwow kids to science
By Lailani Upham
Six-year old Durglo becomes a pilot for a few minutes and takes a flight at the UM Spectrum Science Learning tent. (Lailani Upham photo)
ARLEE — The University of Montana Spectrum Discovery interactive science museum spread the fun of learning at the hands-on exhibit tent at the Arlee powwow grounds this past weekend for the first time.
The UM Spectrum museum, Salish Kootenai College science department, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal natural resource department teamed up this past weekend to gets kids excited about the sciences through interactive activities and explorations of not only science but health careers as well.
Loretta Grey Cloud, a SKC researcher assists the children at the hands-on science exhibits and guides them through activities. (Lailani Upham photo)
The travelling Science Learning tent involves high school students and undergraduate educators, as well as local artists, scientists and tinkerers to help out schools, festivals, powwows, and fairs to share their fascination with science, health and world around that surrounds living beings.
Students from SKC, Arlee High School and UM participated this year.
On Thursday the exhibit focused on health where local health care providers were featured and the Spectrum’s Big Sky Brain Project was showcased.
Jayson Brown, 6, checks out a bird’s feather through a microscope while his father assists. (Lailani Upham photo)
Friday, on the Fourth of July the exhibit called “our environment” was set out where world-class ecosystem exhibits, including the SKC stream table and spectrum’s famous flight simulator was set up for flight experiences.
CSKT wildlife biologists Whisper Camel Means and Stephanie Gillin worked with kids with an array of animal parts and information for kids to touch and learn and ask questions about.
James Durglo, 6, tries out the flight simulator. (Lailani Upham photo)
On Saturday the “technology, engineering, and innovation” exhibit was the highlight where an array of robotics, tech activities, high flying science, and shocking electrical circuitry with a special appearances from local technologists.
With popcorn on deck, Friday night the kids got to star gaze with telescopes with astronomers.
To learn more or to sponsor the science learning tent, call (406) 728-STEM.