What’s sNOT to Love? Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body now open at the EcoTarium | EcoTarium

What’s sNOT to Love? Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body now open at the EcoTarium

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Explore the good, the bad and the downright ugly about how your body works!

(May 24, 2012)  Worcester, MA: 
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 in Grossology:  The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, showing at the EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, from May 26 through December 2, 2012.

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 ugly about runny noses, body odor and other icky stuff that everyone experiences.

Get to know Nigel Nose-it-All and learn all about how your nose functions, including allergies, sinuses, snot trivia, runny noses and more; meet Burp Man, a larger than life cartoon character who drinks from a three-foot soda can, and see how and why you burp -- from an inside perspective; play Urine, the Game and learn how kidneys remove waste from the blood; climb a wall of human "skin" and get up real close to pimples, warts, wounds, etc; match body odors with where on the body they come from in the YU Stink exhibit;  and much more!

"Why do noses run or zits form?  Some things are so gross that you just have to learn about them," says Alexander Goldowsky, Ed. D., Director of Exhibits and Programs at the EcoTarium.  "Biology may not always be beautiful, but it's life.  Grossology presents the science behind the things we all deal with, in a fun and interactive way.  You can't help but want to explore."

Grossology is a collaboration between Science World, Advanced Exhibits (a division of Advanced Animations, LLC), and Grossology author Sylvia Branzei, a teacher, writer, curriculum designer, and microbiologist.

Related events 

TOO GROSS Tuesdays:

Tuesdays, June 26 to August 28, 12:30 p.m.

Learn gross, but fascinating stuff about humans -- and animals -- in these weekly programs.  Free with museum admission.  

Arm Fart Contest: 

Saturday, June 23, 12:30 p.m.
Compete for prizes in three categories:  loudest, fastest, and most creative!  All ages.  Free with museum admission.

About the EcoTarium

EcoTarium is New England's leading science and nature center, an indoor-outdoor venue dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. The center offers a museum building with three floors of interactive exhibits and is home to live animal habitats, interpretive nature trails through forest and meadow, the Alden Digital Planetarium, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal) and a narrow-gauge railroad.  

The EcoTarium, located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, Mass., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for children 2-18, $10 for seniors 65+ and students with ID.  Parking is free. For more information, visit www.ecotarium.org.


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