|August 17, 2011
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GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body
Returns to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center as Latest Traveling Exhibit
September 17 – January 8, 2012
BURLINGTON, VT — Who knew coodies could be fun
and actually teach us something about keeping ourselves healthy!
ECHO’s newest traveling exhibit, GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite)
Science of the Human Body takes the reality of the mushy, oozy,
scaly and smelly gunk our bodies create, and presents them in a
fun and fascinating interactive exhibit that delights both young
This is the second time GROSSOLOGY: The
(Impolite) Science of the Human Body has made a stop at ECHO.
The last time was in 2006 and it was one of the most popular
exhibits in the science center’s history. Based on the
best-selling book, GROSSOLOGY features giant, interactive
animatronics and outrageous exhibits and games to tell the good,
the bad, and the yucky about runny noses, body odor and much
more. GROSSOLOGY — sponsored by Vermont Children’s Hospital at
Fletcher Allen Health Care — will be at ECHO from September 17
through January 8, 2012.
Exhibition highlights include:
Nine-foot-tall “Nigel Nose-it-All”: Learn
everything you always wanted to know about the critical role
“Y U Stink”: Smell your way through the
world of body odor.
The “Skin Climbing Wall”: Use warts, hairs,
and wounds as hand and foot holds, while learning about
pimples, blisters, and bruises.
“The Vomit Center”: Answers the timeless
question, “Why do we throw up?”
“Toot Toot!”: Create an orchestral
arrangement of not-so-classy gassy sounds.
“Urine: The Game”: A virtual reality tour of
“Burp Man”: Pump enough soda pop into this
huge cartoon character, and the acid indigestion builds to
his releasing a humongous belch.
“GROSSOLOGY is the most disgustingly good time
our guests will ever have”, joked Phelan Fretz, ECHO’s Executive
Director. ECHO’s education team has cooked up a variety of
GROSSOLOGY-related activities in our daily ECHO Encounters, plus
they’ve lined up several guest appearances from the dynamic
staff of Vermont Children’s Hospital, and a few other surprises
during exhibit’s run through early January.
Some special activities planned include:
Saturday, October 22nd – A Prelude to Halloween
– Wounds, Scars, Guts and other Gross Fake Stuff
Saturday, November 19th – Pre-Thanksgiving – Yes, It’s All About
Saturday, December 10th – Cooties! – The Realities of Infection
For more information on this special ECHO
exhibition, visit echovermont.org or call Toll-Free
1.877.ECHOFUN ext. 100.
GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human
Body was created and produced by Advanced Exhibits, a division
of Advanced Animations L.L.C. in collaboration with Science
World British Columbia and based on the book Grossology by
author Sylvia Branzei. Planet Dexter and GROSSOLOGY are
registered trademarks of Penguin Putnam Inc.
For more information call (toll-free)
1.877.324.6386 or visit
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the
Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington
Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100
interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and
seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History,
and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The
2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted
by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s
Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy
Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Café
managed by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit
echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake
Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.