Hello from Stevensville! We are having such a great time in the Bitterroot Valley this week! Thanks to the support from the Jane S. Heman Foundation, spectrUM brought our Motion exhibit to Stevensville schools and the students (and teachers) could not be more excited! On Tuesday, the elementary school kids learned about slow motion and fast motion, how planes fly, and wheels spin. They even spun around themselves on our lazy Susan and spinning stool.
On Wednesday, the middle schoolers braved the wind and rain to join us while we explored properties of lift, gravity, and how spin makes things more stable. Thursday we had the pleasure of being in the band room with lots of enthusiastic band kids. High schoolers joined us all day long to delve into Newton’s 3 laws, Einstein’s theory of relativity, and Bernoulli’s principle. Family Science Night on Thursday evening was a blast with tons of family enjoying out flight simulator, flying cups, and radar magnets. We even got to hear some great band music from the band concert! In total, we saw over 765 students and over 90 adults. Thanks so much for having us, we look forward to coming back to Stevensville next year!
There wasn’t a dull moment in the three days we spent in Corvallis, MT. We set up the Motion exhibit in Corvallis High School’s library and it was a blast being right in the middle of the school. Everyone came to visit us and check out the cool science learning toys, from the school secretaries to the custodian. Though we were only originally scheduled to work with grades 4-9, the buzz spread, and soon we got to share our exciting science with the bulk of the high school students.
As part of a grant from the Jane S. Heman Foundation, spectrUM will bring awesome science exhibits to the Bitterroot Valley for the next three years. Corvallis is one of the towns that we get to visit because of the program, and they made the most of our time in the school. We really appreciated the enthusiasm that all of the students brought to the material, from elementary through high school. While the fourth graders were enamored with the Gravity Well and Turntable, a group of juniors and seniors successfully assembled the puzzle pieces into a cube and crafted incredibly creative flying machines out of paper cups and masking tape.
When the week ended and it was time to pack up, we had served over 600 students! We had so many volunteer helpers and tons of students expressed how excited they were about the exhibit. Thanks to the Corvallis Devils and the many future scientists we met there! We hope to see you at the museum in Missoula!
The Turntable is a huge hit!
In early November we spent a fun week in Lolo where we got to explore motion with students from kindergarten through 8th grade. The students were excited to learn about concepts like flight, spin, magnetism, and momentum. They enjoyed letting the Bernoulli Blower mess up their hair while suspending balls over the flow of air, magically hovering in the low pressure. We talked about Sir Isaac Newton and Einstein, played with tops, let angular momentum spin us around, and constructed paper cup helicopters.
The 515 students we worked with learned a lot about how spin lends to stability and were even showing us some new tricks when it came to the Turntable and Flying Cups. The Missoulian even sent a reporter to see what we were up to. Everyone at Lolo School helped to make Family Science Night a success, with families dropping in before and after their parent-teacher conferences. We had record turnouts, with 264 people attending! Kids were teaching their parents and grownups all of the cool science that they had learned throughout the week.
Thanks to everyone in Lolo, and thank you to the Jane S. Heman Foundation for sponsoring this visit. We can’t wait to come back again next year!