Moving on to Corvallis

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!


Motion in Lolo


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!