Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
What makes a nose run? Why does drinking soda make us burp? Where does food travel during digestion? The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) invites visitors to find the answers to probing questions like these and more as they explore all the slimy, mushy, oozy, scaly and stinky gross (yet scientific) things that occur every day inside us. Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body opens at the museum September 29.
Adapted from the best-selling children’s book, Grossology, by author and science teacher Sylvia Branzei, the internationally touring exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative features to explain the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and the like. Visitors have the opportunity to be a kidney, climb a human skin wall, and walk through a giant nose, not to mention visit the Vomit Center, stop by the Toot Toot exhibit, play Gas Attack pinball, and even slide through a 3-D model of the digestive system.
Grossology’s last Portland appearance at OMSI in January 2001 was so wildly popular, museum organizers were inspired to stage an encore. “Kids are innately fascinated by their bodies and how they work,” says Director of Museum Education David Perry. “This exhibit provides a perfect opportunity for them, as well as adventurous adults, to learn about the body’s ‘distinct inner workings’ in an environment that makes the experience fun!”
As a teacher, writer, curriculum designer and microbiologist, Branzei explains the concept of Grossology as a learning tool. “This is science in disguise,” she says. “If we teach students in their own words, they’ll understand better and actually learn something.”
The Grossology exhibition was created and produced by Advanced Animations, LLC., in collaboration with Branzei and Science World British Columbia. It will be on display at OMSI from September 29, 2012 to January 6, 2013. The price of the exhibit is included in paid museum admission. Members are free. For more information, visit http://www.omsi.edu.
What’s in a Nose?
Just Passing Through: Digestion Demystified
Gas Blasts: Trigger Causes of a Not so Glamorous Bodily Function
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit http://www.omsi.edu.