One-of-a-kind exhibit at Discovery Center

What do pinball, epilepsy and the Discovery Center have in common? The answer will be revealed at a press conference at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. More than two years in the making, a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation and the Discovery Center Children’s Museum has produced an interactive exhibit, the first of its kind in the country.

The exhibit is designed to teach school-age children how the brain functions, and using seizures as an example, what can happen when it malfunctions.

“When we were searching for a new way to educate people about epilepsy, we turned to the Discovery Center as a potential partner because they are so creative and so highly regarded,” says Monique Aduddell, development director for the Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska. The Discovery Center, viewing this as an opportunity to enhance their exhibits relating to the body, readily agreed, and the exploration of ideas began.

Epilepsy affects approximately 3 million Americans and is the third most common neurological disorder after headache and stroke.

The Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska has been serving people with epilepsy and their families for more than 30 years. The agency has an award-winning record of offering pediatric seizure clinics, and designing children’s services that meet the needs of those affected by epilepsy, the most common childhood neurological disorder.

Discovery Center Museum is a nonprofit organization creating opportunities for joyful learning and discovery through hands-on experiences in science and art for all ages. The museum contains more than 250 hands-on exhibits and an award-winning outdoor science park. Discovery Center is rated the No. 4 children’s museum in the nation by Child magazine.

Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Merritt Mott Family, The Howard Charitable Trust, the Olson Family Foundation, Williams McCarthy LLP, and Eisai Pharmaceuticals.

From the Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2006, issue

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