MISSOULA – One of the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s popular traveling exhibitions, “Brain: The World Inside Your Head,” will visit Lolo Tuesday through Friday, March 25-28.
Featuring hands-on exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of neuroscience, “Brain” will transform the Lolo Elementary School gymnasium into an interactive science museum. Highlights of the exhibition include an EEG measurement station, a colossal brain and Mind Flex Duel, an activity that allows visitors to move a ball using just their brain waves.
The spectrUM Discovery Area travels the state with a mobile science center featuring interactive science exhibits. According to spectrUM Director Holly Truitt, the goal of spectrUM’s mobile outreach is to “help inspire Montana’s next generation of scientists, health care providers, engineers and visionaries.”
Since 2006, spectrUM has driven more than 22,100 miles to bring educators, exhibitions and programs to 60 different schools in 23 Montana counties, including all seven Montana Indian reservations. All together, spectrUM’s mobile science programs have served more than 34,080 people, of whom 30 percent are Native American and 75 percent are from rural communities.
Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, the spectrUM Discovery Area is an interactive science center located in the heart of downtown Missoula. SpectrUM annually serves more than 50,000 Montanans through in-museum and mobile programming.
National sponsors and partners include SciGirls, NISE Network, Western Montana AHEC and the Noyce Foundation. SpectrUM is supported by an array of funding sources including the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program. Its Science For All Scholarship Fund has given the gift of science to more than 1,500 Montana children. This stop on spectrUM’s mobile science tour is powered by the Jane S. Heman Foundation.
SpectrUM’s new downtown museum, located at 218 E. Front St. in Missoula, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $3.50 per person. Teachers or schools interested in booking a field trip to the spectrUM museum or would like to arrange a stop on spectrUM’s mobile tour can call 406-728-STEM.