Each summer, the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area and its community partners on the Flathead Indian Reservation host a Science Learning Tent at the Arlee Celebration powwow. Over 2 days, the Science Learning Tent reaches over 1,000 powwow visitors of all ages with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities guided by Native STEM role models, “near-peer” high-school and college interns, and spectrUM educators. The Science Learning Tent’s daily themes—ecosystems science and the health science—reflect workforce development priorities identified by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
The annual Arlee Celebration serves as a cultural highlight for the three tribes on the Flathead Reservation, as well as for visitors from around the country. The Science Learning Tent has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Simons Foundation, NASA, the Montana National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program, the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Bonneville Power Administration, and GSK Science in the Summer. In 2014, the Noyce Foundation awarded spectrUM honorable mention in its Bright Lights Community Awards Competition in recognition of this innovative, community-based project.
spectrUM and SciNation, its advisory committee on the Flathead Reservation, collaborate to foster children’s passion for STEM learning through culturally relevant, community-created programming, including the Science Learning Tent at the Arlee Celebration. SciNation’s members include representatives from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai (CSK) Tribal Health, CSK Tribal Education, CSK Tribal Wildlife Management, Ronan School District, and the University of Montana.
Arlee, MT, United States. 07.02.2015 - 07.04.2015