I Spy the Missouri


spectrUM educator Lily demonstrates neuron communication with a little help from a volunteer

Fort Benton, a friendly town located on the Missouri River, was established by Auguste Chouteau and Pierre Chouteau, Jr. of St. Louis in 1847. Who would have guessed that over 165 years later, this fur trading post would become a destination for MosSE? Last year, we brought Hands on Health, and the students were great. This year, we brought Brain, and the students exceeded all expectations! With two full days in one of the oldest settlements in the American West, the fun never stopped. We served a total of 370 people, including K-8 of Fort Benton, Geraldine, and Highwood. On top of that, a lively Family Science Night brought in many families and a special guest. In the words of one teacher at Fort Benton, “The kids had a wonderful time! Thank you for being so enthusiastic and showing them how much fun we can have in science!” We would go on telling you how great of a time it was, but a picture is worth a thousand words, and if these pictures had frontal lobes, then they would have a lot to say. The River Press of Fort Benton also came on by and put together a lovely article. Be sure to check it out at:  http://www.riverpressnews.com/More_Articles/Entries/2014/4/16_Entry_1.html

Though we only were only in Fort Benton for two days, we felt like it was a home away from home. The students and residents treated us like one of their own. We received many hellos and “hey, you’re those science dudes!” while walking around the town. We look forward to returning once more to this lovely town on the Missouri River.

Our thanks go out to Chouteau County PEAK for powering this event, Anna Arganbright for helping organize the details, the teachers, staff, and students of Fort Benton, Geraldine, and Highwood, and all the residents of Fort Benton. Go Longhorns!

Here is a smattering of photos from our wonderful visit to Fort Benton:



Local role model Ryan Rominger poses next to the Colossal Brain.


Getting up close and personal with fruit flies


Geraldine came to visit our exhibit


Can you make the ball float using only your brain waves?


Exploring the eye-brain connection at the senses station


Brain waves in motion



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