To the Missoula community:

Dedicated to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, the University of Montana spectrUM is a hands-on science center for school children and families. Each year, spectrUM programs reach more than 39,000 people throughout the Missoula community, as well as rural and tribal Montana.

On June 8, spectrUM held its 3rd Annual Weird Science Dance Party, a celebration of hands-on science education and the premier fundraiser for spectrUM’s Science For All Scholarship Fund. More than 600 people joined spectrUM in Caras Park for a night of science demonstrations, hands-on exhibits, and live music. More than $1,800 was raised for the Science For All Scholarship Fund, which will allow spectrUM to provide more outreach throughout rural and tribal Montana and provide funding for children to attend spectrUM’s summer camps and science clubs. The funds raised by the Weird Science Dance Party have the power to allow over 500 Missoula K-12 students to participate in spectrUM’s popular field trip program.

We’d also like to express our sincere thanks to our premier community and university sponsors that helped make the event possible: Montana Radio Company, Lambert Family Chiropractic, Mamalode, the McCubbin Family, Optimystical Studios, Western Montana Clinic, Children’s Dentistry of the Rockies, Allied Waste, Western Montana Clinic, Missoula Pediatric Dentistry, Heffernan Consulting, NSF EpSCoR and all of our University of Montana sponsors. We would also like to extend gratitude to all other sponsors, our fantastic community partners and the local businesses who donated items to our silent auction.

On behalf of the many who will benefit from these funds, spectrUM would like to thank the Missoula community for their generosity and support, and all who helped with the 3rd Annual Weird Science Dance Party. We hope to see you next year!

The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area, Missoula

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