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Explore the good, the bad, and the ugly science of the body in “Grossology”

By Miriam Hodgman

Photo19The Wilbur D. May Museum is proud to present the upcoming exhibit, “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body!” Beginning January 3, kids of all ages will love discovering the answers to all the questions they have about the mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and smelly biology of the body.

This science-in-disguise exhibition features dozens of animatronics, imaginative games, and interactive elements to take visitors on an up close and personal tour of the body functions that most people don’t like to talk about.

Visitors can do any of the following: take aim and launch dirt balls into a larger-than-life nose to discover how boogers are formed; play the “Gas Attack” pinball game with bumpers dressed up as food items that cause gas; mimic the build-up of acid indigestion by causing the “Burp Machine” to release a giant belch; visit the “Vomit Center” to learn the many reasons humans vomit; take a ride on the GI slide to discover how food becomes waste; scale a skin climbing wall where the hand and foot holds are pimples, warts and scabs; and, discover other mysterious ways the body’s biology does what it needs to do to keep us healthy.

Photo08The three-month exhibit will also feature special programming for adults and children, including snot making workshops, lectures and more.

Grossology was created by Science World British Columbia and Advanced Exhibits, in collaboration Sylvia Branzei. Branzei is the author of the best-selling Grossology series of books for kids.

“Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” runs from Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, April 26, 2015. It’s at the Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street, in Reno. Admission is $9.00 adults, $8.00 children and $8.00 seniors.

For more information call 775-785-5961 or visit www.maycenter.com.

Located within Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, the Wilbur D. May Center is managed by the Washoe County Community Services Department and continues to receive generous support from the Wilbur May Foundation.

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