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New Exhibition at the Orlando Science Center
Do you have children who enjoy anything slightly rude or basic? You know the sort of thing I mean, snot, smells and noises is the polite way of describing it. Well if that is the case, then an exhibition which has been running since the end January, 2009, at the Orlando Science Center, will be right up their street!
It’s called ‘The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, ’ and its a ‘hands-on’ exhibition which aims to teach children (and adults! ) about health and biology in a humorous and light hearted way, using a variety of experiences, including animatronics and amazing exhibits. In fact, your children probably won’t realise quite how much science they are absorbing as they will be too busy enjoying themselves.
The exhibition is actually based on a series of very popular books by the author Sylvia Branzei, who has sold over 350, 000 copies across the world. Sylvia Branzei is a microbiologist, teacher, writer and curriculum designer who teaches science through ‘gross’ things. Now anybody who has ever had young children will know exactly what she means. . . . there is nothing little children like more than whoopi cushions or fake dog poo, so she draws on this interest in the vulgar to teach children science.
This colourful exhibition focuses on such bodily functions as burps, body odour, gas, crusty noses, snot and runny noses, educating children in an amusing and fascinating way about the science behind them. They can explore the nose, for example, learning how it acts as an air filter, a mucus producer and a smell sensor in a fun way. You can actually stand inside and feel the sneeze. This amusing exhibit features a tap dressed in a stripy outfit, with its nose formed by the tap itself. Nigel Nose-It-All is a comical character who teaches children what causes allergies, runny noses and sneezes.
Children will enjoy playing ‘Gas Attack, ’ a pinball game designed to show you how eating food causes gas. Even more popular is the ‘Burp Machine’ which mimics the build up of acid indigestion, resulting in a huge burp at the end of the demonstration. Kids will also enjoy scaling the human skin rock wall, crawling over the epidermis, or going through a 30 ft slide which represents a 3-D model of the digestive system. In the GI Slide you can climb into a mouth and then slide down into a stomach, and crawl through a tunnel which represents the intestines.
What better way could there be to learn all about blood than to play a video game where you have to sort white and red blood cells out of the bloodstream, as well as removing the different waste particles to be disposed of via the kidneys?
The whole exhibition enables people of all ages to test their knowledge with numerous trivia activities, puzzles, games and exploratory laboratories. The Orlando Science Center is one of America’s premier hands-on science centers, which makes learning fun. If you have the time and want to do something a little out of the ordinary, which will definitely amuse, entertain and even educate the children, then try to get to see this fascinating and amusing exhibition.
The exhibition finishes at the end of April and admission is $17 for adults and $12 for children aged 3-11. This ticket also entitles you to admission to the palaeontology exhibit on fossilized dinosaur eggs, as well as the Science Center’s other exhibits, giant screen films and live programmes.
This Science Center makes a great outing for children if you want a change from shopping or the parks.
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