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April 04, 2013


“Hands on Health,” a popular exhibit from The University of Montana’s spectrUM Discovery Area, will travel to the Bitterroot with a three-day exhibit in Florence Monday through Wednesday, April 15-17.

The spectrUM Discovery Area travels the state with a mobile science center featuring a variety of themed, interactive science exhibitions.

SpectrUM will take over the Florence-Carlton High School gymnasium, where schoolchildren will participate in guided field trips to the “Hands on Health” exhibit. The community is invited to a free evening of family science fun from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the 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.

Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, the spectrUM Discovery Area is an interactive science center located in the Skaggs Building on the UM campus. With programs ranging from community events to traveling exhibits, this nonprofit organization has driven more than 20,500 miles to 53 different schools in 23 counties, serving more than 30,500 children and their families.

SpectrUM’s national sponsors include the NISEnetwork, SciGirls, Montana Girls’ STEM Collaborative and the National Science Foundation 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 during the Florence tour, the spectrUM Discovery Area in Missoula is open to the public 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.

The Florence visit it powered by the Jane S. Helman Foundation. “Hands on Health” was created with support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana and Western Montana Area Health Education Center.




Local, Bitterroot area

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