Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being YouSaturday, February 9, 2013 Through Monday, May 27, 2013
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Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You explores the physical science of the human body. The concepts of force, pressure, light, sound, mathematics, and the laws of motion are all part of how our bodies interact with the world. Through a variety of exciting and engaging activities, children can understand the science of how their body works.
This exhibit has eighteen different components to help visitors grasp scientific body concepts. The stimulating stations include:
Visitors can explore how the center of gravity and the base of an object affect stability. Each side will have a doll with a set of metal rings. Children can place rings to the left and right of the outstretched arms of the doll to demonstrate varying degrees of balance.
Visitors walk through a rotating star field which creates the illusion of movement or spinning. The challenge for visitors is trying to maintain while trying their balance as they make their way through the tunnel.
Tunnel of Blood:
Children can crawl through a giant coronary artery with realistically sculpted walls simulating the build-up of arterial plaque. Visitors see and hear the effects of blood flow as it is decreased by plaque build up which is demonstrated as the tunnel becomes increasingly narrow as the further visitor crawls through the artery.
Sit and Reach:
Children will attempt to measure how flexible they are. They can measure their reach and understand how the body’s muscles when inactive or active. Visitors can compare their flexibility based on others of their same age and gender.
Visitors can measure their extended and flexed arm hang times with a timing device that tells them how long their feet are off the ground. Visitors can compare their hang time based on others of their same age and gender. They will also be challenged to hold their hands in different locations on the bar to determine what the easiest position to hold is.
The remaining learning zones include: Walk the Plank, Goofy Goggles, Wacky Wall, Get a Grip, House of Color, Pressure Vessel, Go with the Flow, Calculation Station, Feel the Music, Body Challenge, and Think Fast.
Created by the Catawba Science Center.