New Body Carnival Exhibit Opens at Discovery Station

New Body Carnival Exhibit Opens at Discovery Station

Discovery Station at Hagerstown has unveiled an exciting new exhibit called Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You! The exhibit will be open until September 2007. Body Carnival encompasses 2,000 square feet of space on the first floor of Discovery Station. Eighteen interactive, carnival-themed displays teach visitors about the human body while investigating force, pressure, light, color, and more.
The Tunnel of Blood enables young visitors to crawl through a giant artery to see and hear the effects of plaque build-up on blood flow. A Dizzy Tunnel tests visitors balance as they walk through a 10-foot long tunnel which stimulates a rotating star field. Visitors can put on a pair of vision-distorting goggles and discover how sight affects their ability to walk straight. Other displays include the House of Color with different sources of light and being able to "hear" through bones and muscles while learning how these body parts transmit sound.
The Washington County Gaming Commission funded the lease of this outstanding exhibit and the Nora Roberts Foundation is funding the complex displays and maintenance for three months. Body Carnival exhibits have been made accessible to all visitors, including low vision visitors. The exhibit includes four audio descriptor units and a charger. These are available for use from the Discovery Station entry desk staff.
Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You! was developed by the Catawba Science Center in Hickory, N.C., and The Health Adventure in Asheville, N.C. as part of the Traveling Exhibits at Museums of Science (TEAMS) Collaborative, with major funding from the National Science Foundation.

News taken from The Crossroads newsletter distributed by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com