Go for the gross

New miSci exhibit shows people the ins and outs of the human body

The “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” exhibit explores the human body in a hands-on way that kids can understand.

The “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” exhibit explores the human body in a hands-on way that kids can understand.

For those who have ever wondered why there are hairs inside the nose or how a belch and other gas is produced in the human body, here’s the chance to find out.

The answers to those questions and many other slimy, mushy and oozy, yet scientific things that occur everyday in the human body are explored at miSci’s latest exhibit, “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.”


• What: Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body

• When: Through Labor Day

• Where: miSci, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady

• How much: Free, with admission ($6.50-$9.50)

• Info: 382-7890 or www.schenectadymu...

The 5,000-square-foot exhibit opened on Saturday, May 17, and will run through Labor Day.

Adapted from the best-selling “Grossology” children’s book series by author and science teacher Sylvia Branzei, the exhibit takes a hands-on look at the gross stuff kids like with explanations parents like.

“This is one you have to see to believe,” said Chris Hunter, miSci’s director of archives and collections. “There is an interactive 6-7-foot character that shows different body noises … a heartbeat, gulping and a few other things. There is a 12-foot-long walk-through nose on a timer that simulates a sneeze and a game where you pretend you’re the kidney and swipe waste in the bloodstream to capture the bad things in the blood.”

Hunter said everything in the exhibit ties into how the body works from the moment you step into the door.

“You walk into the exhibit through the mouth, like you are entering the body. Then you come into a skin climbing wall for kids, and instead of rocks you are stepping on moles, warts and zits,” he said.

Among the attractions inside, visitors will find a giant model of the human digestive system, which includes a 26-foot esophagus slide from the mouth to the stomach, as well as a tunnel that wanders down into the colon.

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