Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body - Buffalo Museum of Science - May 26 - September 3, 2012
Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Based on the bestselling book, GROSSOLOGY, by Sylvia Branzei, this science-in-disguise exhibition uses more than 20 interactive displays to tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about the human body and how it works. The exhibit will be in Buffalo from May 26 - September 3, 2012.
Nigel Nose-It-All: Visitors activate this animatronic exhibit by pressing one of five buttons to learn about how their nose functions including allergies, sinuses, snot trivia, runny noses and more. In addition, microscopes at the exhibits base feature slides of things that cause runny noses.
Tour du Nose: Enter a giant cartoon nose and explore 10 very realistic nasal features: nose hair; conchae: the opening to the front of the sinuses; the septum; the eustachian tubes; mucus production; a view down the throat; tear ducts; the olfactory epithelium and blood vessels. As people enter and walk to the back of the nose the nose awakens and lets out a loud “sneeeeze”, which triggers a rush of air through the nose!
Skin Climbing Wall: This large-scale fiberglass replica of human skin features pimples, warts, wounds, hair, moles and other skin blemishes. Visitors discover many features of the skin as they climb across this wall.
Burp Man: A larger than life cartoon character drinks from a three-foot pop can pumped by visitors. The stomach pressure increases until the character releases a giant burp, while a second interactive exhibit shows how the sphincter works.
Gas Attack!: Everyone loves to play pinball. Two custom pinball games are positioned in front of an animated pig sitting atop a pile of poo. The games are customized to teach children which foods create more gas in their bodies. The animated pig says funny quips at the start and end of each game.
GI Slide: This exhibit is for young visitors who slide and crawl through its giant, 30-foot 3-D model of the digestive system from mouth to large intestine.
Patients Please!: Visitors learn their body parts in this activity styled ala the old famous game “Operation”. Visitors can attempt to remove body parts from the game table without touching the sides of the holes. Lots of fun!
Click Ick: Play GROSSOLOGY at one of two computer stations. Each computer has a character face positioned around its monitor.
Listen to Your Body: Press one of four buttons to listen to various body sounds: heart, stomach gurgles, breathing and swallowing.
Look Inside: Learn how food is digested as it passes through the gastrointestinal system.
Up Your Nose: Learn how boogers form in your nose by launching pollen balls at an oversized nose. Shooting five pollen balls into the nose causes the nose to sneeze and shoot back the balls at the visitor.
Urine: the Game: This exhibit teaches visitors how the kidneys remove waste from the blood.
Vomit Center: A Rube Goldbergesque structure of the digestive system explores the many causes of vomiting.
Y U Stink: Match the body odors with the area of the body they come from: arm pits, lower intestines, mouth & feet. You smell, select your answer, then a red or green light glows from under the bacteria model to identify if you have answered correctly or not.
Toot Toot: Visitors use rubber tubing and air to learn about the physics of tooting.
Let’s Play GROSSOLOGY!: How much do you know about the gross things your body does? This multiple choice trivia game tests what people have learned from visiting GROSSOLOGY.
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