SpectrUM’s Hands on Health Exhibit Featured at 2015 Heart Expo

February 25, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will bring pieces of its popular “Hands on Health” exhibit to the Heart Expo at Providence St. Patrick Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 28.

The Heart Expo is a free, public event held from 7 a.m. to noon at the Broadway Building Conference Center, located at 500 W. Broadway St. in Missoula.

Participants can gather information about heart care, attend lectures by health care providers from the International Heart Institute of Montana and take low-cost health screenings. 

SpectrUM’s “Hands on Health” exhibit engages young participants with guided, hands-on activities that explore the human body and health careers. Visitors can explore a health assessment station, a life-size medical teaching torso for simulated surgery activities and guided heart dissections. This tour stop is powered by the International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation. 

Director Holly Truitt said spectrUM’s goal is to “inspire Montana’s next generation of scientists, health care providers, engineers and visionaries.”

Since 2006, spectrUM has traveled exhibits and educators to 75 schools and public libraries in 29 counties, including all seven American Indian reservations in Montana. In total, spectrUM has served 44,985 people, of whom 30 percent are Native American and 75 percent live in rural communities. January marked the first time spectrUM has taken its mobile tour outside Montana, traveling to the Tri-Cities Family Expo health fair in Pasco, Washington.

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. Annually, spectrUM serves more than 50,000 Montanans through in-museum and mobile partnering.

National sponsors include SciGirls, NISE Network, Western Montana Area Health Education Center and the Noyce Foundation. SpectrUM is supported by an array of funding sources, including the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program. Its Science for All Scholarship Fund has provided the gift of science to more than 9,589 Montana children.

The public can visit the spectrUM Discovery Area at 218 E. Front St. in Missoula. Public hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission costs $3.50 per person. 

For more information or to book a school visit, call spectrUM STEM Education Program Manager Jessie Herbert at 406-728-7868 or visit http://www.spectrum.umt.edu.

Contact: Jessie Herbert, STEM education program manager, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-728-7836, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.