Explore the ‘mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk’ of Grossology

From press release

Sometimes it’s stinky, sometimes it’s crusty, and sometimes it’s slimy. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” during its appearance at the Discovery Center/Burpee Museum Woodward Exhibit Hall. The exhibition will be on display through Jan. 2, 2011.

Based on the best-selling book Grossology, this exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and exhibits to tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. Take a “Tour du Nose” to explore 10 nasal features, including how your snoot acts as an air filter, a smell sensor and a mucus producer. Mimic the build-up of acid indigestion by causing the “Burp Machine” to release a giant belch. Explore the role of the kidney in a virtual reality experience in “Urine: The Game.” Take a ride on the GI slide, climb a large-scale replica of human skin, and discover other mysterious ways your body’s biology does what it needs to do to keep you healthy.

Admission to Grossology is $5 plus $7 admission to either Burpee or Discovery Center; $3 for members of either museum; $4 for Grossology only or $11 for Grossology plus either Burpee or Discovery Center; and $15 for both museums and Grossology.

The Grossology exhibit is created and produced by Advanced Exhibits, a division of Advanced Animations, LLC., in collaboration with Science World British Columbia and Grossology author Sylvia Branzei. 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.”

Grossology is a registered trademark of Penguin Group (USA). For more information, call (815) 963-6769 or visit the Grossology tour website at grossologytour.com.

Discovery Center is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. General admission to the museum is: $7 adults, $7 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to children younger than 2 and museum members. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. For additional information, call (815) 963-6769 or log on to discoverycentermuseum.org.

Established in 1941, the Burpee Museum of Natural History is the home of Jane, a rare juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, and one of the preeminent natural history museums in the nation. Its mission is to inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of learning about our natural world. Burpee is at 737 N. Main St. Call (815) 965-3433 or log on to burpee.org.

From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue

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