Before the kids can even start to whine about not
liking science, Kohl Children's Museum and Abbott have teamed up to
create a new exhibit that just might make them love it first.
The museum unveils its new Science + You exhibit later
this month that puts children in the shoes of real Abbott
"The wonderful thing about science is it helps ignite that
sense of curiosity and imagination. This is a skill that children
need in almost anything they do in life," says Sheridan Turner,
president and CEO of Kohl Children's Museum.
The 1,200-square-foot exhibit revolves around a child-size
laboratory, full of hands-on activities and technology, as well as
a demonstration area where real Abbott scientists will conduct
experiments. The exhibit's overall message focuses on how science
contributes to the health and well-being of kids around the world,
Turner's favorite piece of the exhibit? The antibodies.
"It's so cool," she says. At the plastic structure filled with
magnetic balls, the "germs," children grasp the moveable
antibodies, attach them to the germs and maneuver the germs through
the labyrinth to the white blood cells, showing kids how the body
takes care of itself.
The exhibit opens at 10:30 a.m. July 19. It will be
in place at Kohl until early January, when it moves to Washington,
D.C., and then on its worldwide tour.
Turner says Science + You has been one of the most
challenging exhibits to create. "But at the end of day, I think it
will be a blockbuster. ... This is an absolute must for every
family because there is going to be something to learn for
Elizabeth Diffin is the senior editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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