|September 6, 2011
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
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
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
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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.