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September 6, 2011

Contact: Gerianne Smart
gsmart@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 125

Molly Loomis
mloomis@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 110

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
GROSSOLOGY: THE (IMPOLITE) SCIENCE OF THE HUMAN BODY

September 17, 2011 through January 8, 2012

BURLINGTON, VT — Sometimes it’s stinky; sometimes it’s crusty; and sometimes it’s slimy. Explore why our bodies produce mushy, oozy, scaly and smelly gunk at GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body during its summer appearance at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.

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.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: Folks will enjoy the return of nine-foot-tall “Nigel Nose-it-All”, who teaches everything you always wanted to know about the critical role of snot. And there’s the odiferous “Y U Stink” where guests smell their way through the world of body odor. Plus there’s the active “Skin Climbing Wall” where warts, hairs, and wounds act as hand and foot holds and teach us about pimples, blisters, and bruises. And yes, there is the popular “The Vomit Center” that answers the timeless question, “Why do we throw up?”

But there is so much more to the exhibit, just as there is so much more to the human body, including “Toot Toot!” where guests create an orchestral arrangement of not-so-classy gassy sounds. Speaking of sounds, “Burp Man” is very popular and it involves pumping enough soda pop into this huge cartoon character, until the acid indigestion builds up enough to release a humongous belch. Very satisfying, as is “Urine: The Game”, a virtual reality tour of the kidneys.

SPECIAL "GROSS" EVENTS: Check out these special programs developed with the medical professionals at the Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Heath Care!

Each program takes place on a Saturday while Grossology is at ECHO, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the dates listed below.

September 17: An Introduction – The Impolite Science of the Human Body – Family audiences. Learn your body’s ins and outs through exhibits, games, and experiments. Meet Vermont Children’s Hospital staff for Grossology Q & A. Climb aboard the FACT ambulance.

October 22: A Prelude to Halloween – Wounds, Scars, Guts and other Gross Fake Stuff – Family audiences. Make fake blood, eyeballs, and wounds. Face painting. Go retro by competing in The Operation Game. Climb aboard the FACT ambulance.

November 19: Pre-Thanksgiving – Yes, It’s All About Digestion – Family audiences. Experiment with physical and chemical change and find out what makes us “go”, a Digestion Demo with the Vermont Children’s Hospital. Climb aboard the FACT ambulance.

December 10: Cooties! – The Realities of Infection – Family audiences. Explore the science of the sneeze and cough plus the evolution of the scab. Meet Vermont Children’s Hospital staff for Grossology Q & A. Climb aboard the FACT ambulance.

Many of the events above include special guest appearances from the dynamic staff of Vermont Children’s Hospital, and surprises galore throughout the entire run!

FIND THE FOOT GAME: Guests will be encouraged to test their scientific observation skills and play “Find the Foot” each week at ECHO! We’ll stamp a special Grossology “Find the Foot” card at our front desk each time a guest discovers its unusual location in ECHO’s exhibits. When a guest finds it in five different locations over the course of the exhibit’s stay, they win a Grossology Goodie Bag filled with fun and useful stuff from ECHO and the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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. It is based on the popular book by teacher/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 www.echovermont.orgg.

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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 featuring food prepared 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.

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