The Museum of Science and Industry just made keeping our
families healthy a little easier.
"You! The Experience" takes visitors on a journey through body,
mind and spirit in a way that's relevant, interesting and even fun.
More than 50 interactive stations within the 15,000-square-foot
permanent exhibit, which opens Oct. 8, teach kids about everything
from the role of laughter in our lives, to setting sleep patterns
and examining what and how we eat.
From the "Laughter Garden," where movement motivates a variety
of faces to laugh, to the human-sized "Hamster Wheel," which
provides real-time feedback on how your body responds to aerobic
activity, my sons loved making things move.
Beyond the physical fun, "You!" provides a very personal
experience. Cameras and screens predict how you age inside and out
based on your life choices and the giant heart uses digital imagery
to beat in time with yours. As my son jogged, he watched the heart
beat faster and learned how activity affected both the blood flow
and electrical impulses in his heart.
Meanwhile, my other son used the "Vein Viewer" to watch his
blood pulsing via an infared camera. The boys loved battling each
other at the "Compete to Relax" game, which read their brainwaves
to move a ball between them.
The exhibit goes beyond simple scientific anatomy by examining
why we behave the way we do. By showing us the direct relationship
between the choices we make and the way our bodies react, the
exhibit teaches without preaching. You can even take the experience
home. At several spots you input your personal data and "record" it
onto your admission ticket. You can then access your experience at
home via the museum's Web site.
With everything this exhibit has to offer, families should leave
themselves plenty of time to explore. "You! The Experience" is
included with general admission. General admission will be free on
weekdays from Oct. 8-30. For more information, visit www.msichicago.org.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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