How much do you know about the gross things your body does? 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 Imagination Station.
Based on the best-selling book Grossology, this exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to tell you the good, the bad and the downright icky about runny noses, body odor and much more.
If you want to see more pictures of the Grossology Exhibit, visit our Shutterfly page here.
Activate Nigel by pressing one of five buttons to learn about how their nose functions including allergies, sinuses, snot trivia, runny noses and more. In addition, check out the microscopes featuring slides of things that cause runny noses.
Tour du Nose
Enter a giant nose and explore 10 very realistic nasal features: nose hair; conchae: the opening to the front of the sinuses; the spectrum; the eustachian tubes; mucus production; a view down the throat; tear ducts; the olfactory epithelium and blood vessels. As you enter and walk to the back of the nose, the nose awakens and lets out a loud “sneeeeze”!
Human Skin Climbing Wall
Do you dare to climb the human skin wall using pimples, warts, wounds, hair, moles and other skin blemishes as your foot holes and hand grips?
Watch Burp Man’s drink from a three-foot pop can and see the stomach pressure increase until the character releases a giant burp!
Learn which foods create more gas in your body by playing a pinball game with pigs sitting atop a pile of… that’s right, poo.
Slide and crawl through this 30 foot long giant digestive system from mouth to large intestine.
Learn about your body parts in this “operation” style game where you can attempt to remove body parts from the game table without touching the sides of the holes. Lots of fun!
Up Your Nose
Learn how boogers form in your nose by launching pollen balls at an over sized nose. Shooting five pollen balls into the nose causes the nose to sneeze and shoot back the balls at you.
Other exhibits include listening to various body sounds; heart, stomach gurgles, breathing and swallowing, learning how food is digested as it passes through the gastronomical system, exploring the many causes of vomiting, matching the body odors with the area of the body they come from; arm pits, lower intestines, mouth & feet, how the kidneys remove waste from the blood and using rubber tubing and air to learn about the physics of tooting.
To book your field trip to see Grossology call 419.244.2674 ext. 250 or make your reservation online.
Visiting Grossology while on a field trip? Check out the Exhibit Learning Guides for Grossology and for Imagination Station as a whole. They have been developed to help structure a field trip that aligns directly to the concepts you are teaching in the classroom. These guides include student data recording pages, chaperon tips & instructions and a post-visit activity to complete back in the classroom. Parents, you might find these helpful for your trip as well!
Haven’t been grossed out enough? Get your fill by checking out the Grossology inspired reading list at your local Lucas County Public Library.
While you are at it, Dig into Reading and join the 2013 Summer Reading Club.
Collaborative project of Lithography ART 3120 and Anatomy students, Fall Semester, 2012
Instructors: Arturo Rodriguez and Ben Pond
While you are exploring Imagination Station, take time to admire the artwork that was created by students from printmaking and anatomy courses at the University of Toledo who worked collaboratively in pairs on the production of two bound books, both to be donated to the library at the UT Medial Campus and the Toledo Museum of Art in the Center for Visual Arts. The pieces displayed here are a small sample on loan from the students’ collection.
The students utilized lithography as the base for their initial drawing and then embellished the pages with additional drawing media, which was conceptually based on “Gray’s Anatomy”, an English-language human anatomy textbook originally written by Henry Gray.