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March 19, 2013


The University of Montana’s spectrUM Discovery Area will bring its popular “Hands on Health” exhibit to Lolo Tuesday through Friday, March 26-29.

“Hands on Health” will feature interactive science exhibits and activities that explore the world of health professions and sciences. Lolo school children will participate in guided field trips to the exhibition. The community is invited to participate in free family science fun from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Lolo Elementary School lower gymnasium.

Highlights of the exhibit include a giant runny nose that children can diagnose, a health assessment station, a life-size medical teaching torso for simulated surgery activities, guided cow eyeball and heart dissections, and other engaging health science exhibits and activities.

“We deliver hands-on science around the state transforming gymnasiums and cafeterias into powerful science learning centers that help inspire Montana’s next generation of scientists, engineers and visionaries,”spectrUM Director Holly Truitt said.

The spectrUM Discovery Area’s mobile science center features a variety of themed interactive science exhibitions such as “Hands on Health,” which travels the state. With programs ranging from community events to traveling exhibits, spectrUM has driven more than 15,000 miles to 35 different schools in more than 20 counties, serving more than 23,000 children and their families.

Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, spectrUM is an interactive science center located in the Skaggs Building on UM campus. SpectrUM’s national sponsors include the NISEnetwork, SciGirls, Montana Girls’ STEM Collaborative and NSF EPScoR. SpectrUM has a grant partnership with the National Institutes of Health, and its Science For All Scholarship Fund has given the gift of science to more than 1,000 Montana children.

For those who can’t visit spectrUM in Lolo, the spectrUM Discovery Area in Missoula is open to the public on Thursdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. or Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Admission is $3.50 per person. 

Teachers who would like to arrange class field trips to spectrUM, which cost $3.50 per student, can call 406-243-4828. To arrange for spectrUM to visit a school or organization, go to or call 406-243-4828.

This project is powered by The Jane S.Heman Foundation. “Hands on Health” is a collaboration of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana and the Western Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC).



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Contact: Holly Truitt, spectrUM Discovery Area director, 406-243-4872,; Hannah Motl, spectrUM Discovery Area outreach coordinator, 406-243-4828,