Large River Ecosystems

Crowd at discovery bench

Designed in collaboration with the Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) and funded by the National Science Foundation, visitors to this beautiful exhibit will soar above the Clark Fork River in a flight simulator, create their own virtual floodplain, and explore Missoula's stretch of the Clark Fork River. Each exhibit features STEM role models and researchers from the Institute on Ecosystems.

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Kids and Dr. Amanda testing fruit flies

A partnership between the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience (CSFN) and spectrUM. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Big Sky Brain Project increases Montana K-12 student neuroscience literacy while putting the next generation of Montanans on the fast track to careers in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math. Visit the Big Sky Brain Project website for more brain related fun.

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Discovery Bench

Kids eating Liquid nitrogen icecream at discovery benchVisitors will experience magic at the Discovery Bench as they get up close with science. Explore a different topic each day, from magnetism to physiology and more. Led by spectrUM educators, participants of all ages can see, smell, hear, feel--even taste--science. For descriptions of our various activities, see this PDF. Check the museum calendar to see what exciting activities we have coming up.


kids at BrainLabAt the heart of this exhibition is a working neuroscience lab where children and families can explore Drosophilia and C. elegans neurobiology, candy DNA, brain and eye dissections, optical illusions, and many more neuroscience-related activities led by BrainLab Educators. Check the museum calendar to see what exciting activities we have coming up.

SciGirls Digi Zone

SciGirls Digi zone sitting and viewing areaAffiliated with the Emmy-award-winning PBS show SciGirls, spectrUM's DigiZone is a place for kids to relax, explore, and engage in tech-based activities.

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