arlee powwow tents
TOM BAUER, Missoulian

The University of Montana's spectrUM Discovery Area and SciNation, its community partner on the Flathead Reservation, will return to Arlee's annual extended Fourth of July celebration with the popular Science Learning Tent on Thursday and Friday.

The Science Learning Tent will feature interactive exhibits and hands-on activities led by role models in STEM fields and higher education.

Supported this year by the Noyce Foundation, the Science Learning Tent will feature themes that reflect the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ workforce needs.

Ecosystem Day on Thursday will include Salish Kootenai College’s Stream Table, spectrUM’s mobile eco-science exhibits created with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, and activities led by the Watershed Education Network. Visitors to the exhibit also will have the opportunity to meet with local STEM role models, including Whisper Camel-Means of the CSKT Wildlife Management Program.

Health Day on Friday will feature spectrUM’s traveling exhibits, “Hands on Health” and “Brain: The World inside Your Head.” It will include visits with STEM role models Jera Stewart, a clinical neuropsychologist for CSKT; Lizzie Catudio-Garrett from spectrUM’s BrainLab; and high school scholars in the tribes’ Healthcare Warriors program.

“Near-peer” role models from Arlee High School, Ronan High School and spectrUM’s high school Explainers program also will guide participants, and representatives from UM Admissions will provide information and answer questions.

More information about spectrUM’s engagement on the Flathead Reservation available at spectrum.umt.edu/outreach/mosse_k12/CommunityInitiatives/FlatheadIndRes.php.

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