New Science + You Exhibit at Bay Area Discovery Museum Connects Kids with Scientists

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With support from Abbott and the Abbott Fund, the interactive exhibit showcases the important role of science in promoting health and wellness. Kids enter a child-sized laboratory to explore machines, processes, and technology that demonstrates the role science plays to keep your body healthy. Children can meet visiting scientists from Abbott on Saturday afternoons for hands-on science demonstrations.

Through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology, Science + You demonstrates the role science plays in keeping the body healthy.

Bay Area Discovery Museum is proud to present Science + You, a groundbreaking new exhibit developed by Kohl Children’s Museum and designed in conjunction with scientists at Abbott, the global health care company with a significant presence in the Bay Area. This special exhibit is open through April 15, 2012 and is included with general Museum admission.

Underwritten by Abbott's philanthropic foundation, the Abbott Fund, the 1,200 sq. ft. Science + You exhibit offers a child-sized laboratory where children can explore how scientists impact health and wellness. Through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology, Science + You demonstrates the role science plays in keeping the body healthy. A demonstration area of the exhibit also will allow Abbott scientists to visit and perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Science + You debuted in the Chicago area at Kohl Children’s Museum. Following its presentation at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Science + You will travel to museums in Washington D.C., Germany, India and Brazil, with the exhibit presented in multiple languages.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this unique and exciting exhibit that allows children to become young scientists. Using the hands-on tools, machines and processes in the exhibit will help stimulate creativity thinking," said Karyn Flynn, Interim Executive Director of the Bay Area Discovery Museum.


Children will enter the exhibit as if entering a real-life laboratory. Children can even walk through a pretend shower to be bathed in blue lights before they put on their white lab coat.

Demonstrating how antibodies act in the body, this component of the exhibit offers children the opportunity to understand a complex process through play. A clear Plexiglas structure is filled with magnetic balls, which represent “germs” in the body.

Children can use a glovebox, a sealed container used by real-life scientists, with gloves built into the sides allowing one to manipulate objects safely. Demonstrating how scientists use a glovebox to contain materials as well as protect themselves, the children will wear thick gloves to measure substances using beakers, funnels and other lab equipment.

The magnification area features a specialized Wentzscope and video microscopes that magnify objects on a large video screen, allowing younger children to compare and contrast an array of natural and man-made items up close.

Science has shown us that we need a balanced lifestyle to stay healthy. This exhibit component emphasizes the importance of nutrition, exercise and rest with an interactive activity.

In the test kitchen children will make a ‘healthy soup’ choosing their own combination of appropriate ingredients. Teaching children the importance of a balanced diet, this exhibit has stations with soup pots that can hold up to six ingredients. Children pick the ingredients from the five food groups. The burner under their soup pot lights up when they’ve selected the correct balance of healthy ingredients.

**About Kohl Children’s Museum**
In recognition for its outstanding exhibits and impact on Chicagoland families, Kohl Children’s Museum was recently named one of the country’s Ten Best Children’s Museums by Parents Magazine. The Museum was ranked sixth out of more than 300 children’s museums nationwide and was the only Chicago area museum recognized. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at or call (847) 832-6600

**About Abbott and the Abbott Fund**
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's website at

The Abbott Fund is a philanthropic foundation established by Abbott in 1951. The Abbott Fund's mission is to create healthier global communities by investing in creative ideas that promote science, expand access to health care and strengthen communities worldwide. For more information on the Abbott Fund, visit

**About the Bay Area Discovery Museum**
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor facility at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. The Museum is recognized as the leading children’s museum dedicated to developing childhood creativity, nurturing future generations of creative thinkers and innovators. With this emphasis on creativity through play, we encourage children ages 6 months to 8 years to develop into curious, creative, adventurous lifelong learners and explorers. The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a Partner of the Golden Gate National Parks.


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