121st Arlee Powwow combining history, traditions and science

Posted at 9:53 AM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 11:53:58-04

ARLEE – The Arele Powow isn’t something normally associated with University of Montana science programs.

The 121st Arlee Powwow celebration has been going on since Wednesday bringing with it all the fun and excitement everyone waits all year for.

UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area — along with some partners — brought in some science education for kids to learn — and more importantly — to have fun with.

“We talk about just adding science, so just add science to places where kids already are. And the Arlee celebration is a great example of that, where kids are here hanging out. And we are so excited to come and
bring activities for them throughout the day, explained Jessie Herbert-Meny.

The activities keep kids involved in science while on summer break to help drive home things they are already
learning in school.

“We strive to add science to things that kids are doing in the summer so that it enhances what they are learning in school and keeps them excited to learn and curious about what’s going on with science,” Herbert-Meny told MTN News.

This marks the sixth year that the science learning tent has been at the celebration and this it features a new favorite activity for the kids.

“I think all the activities that we have here kids really love. The maker truck is super popular. So kids get to learn
about laser cutters and 3D printers. So we have a beading and drum making activity that we do with our maker truck,” Herbert-Meny said.

The tent will be back at the Arlee event on Saturday and will feature a new theme.

Click here to check out what’s happening this weekend at the 121st Arlee Powwow.