MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will share hands-on health science activities at the Heart Expo at Providence St. Patrick Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Presented by the International Heart Institute, the Heart Expo is a free, public event from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Broadway Building Conference Center, located at 500 W. Broadway in Missoula.
Heart Expo visitors can attend lectures by researchers and meet health care providers from the International Heart Institute of Montana. Low-cost health screenings also will be available. More than 1,000 people attend this event annually.
At spectrUM’s station at the Heart Expo, visitors can dissect a heart, explore a health assessment station and practice simulated surgery activities on a life-size medical teaching torso. This visit is powered by the International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation.
According to Director Holly Truitt, spectrUM’s goal is to “inspire Montanans, especially our next generation, about STEM and higher education and to power a vibrant, homegrown workforce in our state.”
UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area engages more than 55,000 Montanans annually through its in-museum and mobile programs. Since 2006, spectrUM has traveled exhibits and educators to 73 schools and four public libraries in 31 Montana counties and on all seven American Indian reservations in the state. Thirty percent of the people spectrUM serves are Native American, and more than 75 percent live in rural communities.
Additional spectrUM sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, NASA, the Jane S. Heman Foundation, the Martin Family Foundation, the Montana Space Grant Consortium, the Simons Foundation, the Bonneville Power Administration, GSK-Science in the Summer and the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation.