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November 22, 2010


The University of Montana’s spectrUM Discovery Area has joined forces with Community Medical Center to create a field trip bus based on spectrUM’s popular exhibition “The Brain: A World Inside Your Head.”

Nearly 400 K-12 students in the Missoula area will experience hands-on science activities ― taught by a spectrUM educator and physical and occupational therapists from Community’s Rehabilitation Institute of Montana who work in neurology and head-injury treatment ― during 60-minute field trips aboard the “Brain Bus” each Tuesday of this month.

“Recognizing that one of the primary barriers to Missoula K-12 schoolchildren experiencing spectrUM’s world-class science exhibits is the cost of transportation, spectrUM regularly partners with local businesses to make the magic of spectrUM available to Missoula schools through free field trip transport,” said Holly Truitt, spectrUM director.

“The Brain: A World Inside Your Head” was co-developed by spectrUM and UM’s Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience. The exhibition is designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and medical providers while sharing the exciting world of the human mind. Visitors to the exhibition can move a ball using their brainwaves, see a real-time simulation of an EEG, explore a colossal brain and diagnose a head injury.

“Community Medical Center is thrilled to work with spectrUM, The University of Montana and Missoula-area schools to share the message with the youth of Missoula about protecting their brains and using safety, fun and common sense,” occupational therapist Becca Robertson said.

In addition to UM and Community, Allied Waste Services and Beach Transportation also sponsor the “Brain Bus.”

SpectrUM is located in Skaggs Building Room 166 and is open to the public from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $3.50 per person ages 4 and older. Teachers who would like to arrange field trips to spectrUM, which cost $3.50 per student, can call 406-243-4828.

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Contact: Lisa Woods, UM spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4828,; Kara McCarthy, community relations coordinator, Community Medical Center, 406-327-4152, .