MISSOULA, Mont. - The spectrUM Discovery Area moved from downtown Missoula to a new building on Toole Avenue. Business owners say they needed a new and improved, bigger area for their exhibits.
Exhibits include the anatomy of the human body, a medical lab, gravity, a 3-D printer and an erosion display.
SpectrUM officials say the ultimate goal of the program is to inspire young Montanans to pursue higher education and possibly careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Lucie Parsons graduated from fifth grade today. She says she would have been behind in school without the discovery area.
“I know if I hadn’t learned science through the discovery area , science would have been really hard for me,” Parsons said.
Another graduate, Lizzy Depuy says she was happy to just be there.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” Depuy said. “I mean I like school a lot and science is one of my favorite subjects.”
According to spectrUM’s website, the program reaches 50,000 people with hands-on exhibits and activities each year.
The program also gives out a robust Science for All Scholarship Fund to low-income children, schools and communities.