Welcome again, readers. Today in Footsteps, we have dug up another exhibit of interest, this time, centered in downtown Alabama, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum. The exhibit in question is one called "My Bodyworks", which is one of the human body exhibits in focus.
|The museum exterior building, as seen here: http://blog.bigmoviezone.com/?p=12924|
From the 12-foot-tall beating heart to augmented reality, science meets fun at every turn. Each exhibit reveals information about anatomy, nutrition or exercise. Learn more about the skin you're in and how to live life to the fullest with healthy choices.
|Head to Toe: An interactive scanner, allowing guests to get to know the body's systems at a glance.||This, along with other exhibits, is demonstrated at the 3:57 minute mark|
- The BeHealthy stations, which encourages everyone to test their physical activity skills within a range of activities in a fun and engaging way. Whether through jump tests, upper muscle strength or flexibility tests (such as the Dance Dance Revolution, Cardiac Style game), through to measuring blood pressure and volume, and even an exercise activity to see how long it would burn the calories in (example given) a cheeseburger! As part of the interactivity experience, visitors would record their results on the activity cards, and they would be traded for your personal health profile.
- My Beating Heart, a 12 foot tall illuminated heart model, designed to display the signs of cardiac arrest in a biomechanical manner. The premise is the heart is seen beating normally, but during a simulated blood clot, it works harder and faces cardiac arrest. A monument of borderline 'creep factor', but at the same time, a head on look on the heart as it functions. Also, augmented reality cards allowing the virtual inspection of the heart's exterior, functions and many components and valves, forming the secondary heart of this cardiac exhibit.
|My Beating Heart: The interactive heart display|
- Head to Toe Display, (seen further upwards) which is a spectacular 'window to the innards', via a movable screen to scan a life size representation of the body, delving into five of the body's well known systems (skeletal, muscular, cardiopulmonary, nervous and digestive); users can touch the screen and switch from one system to another, to view text based/video based information on the organ of that system.
- Ernest G DeBakey Virtual Surgery Center, a high tech surgery simulation center covering more than a selection of surgical procedures, from a virtual heart bypass, knee replacement surgery, blood vessel repair with laser-beam tools, and even endoscopic surgery techniques.
|The Ernest G DeBakey Virtual Surgery Center, home of some of the most innovative surgery simulation displays.|
|A glimpse of the BioLab, with a set of exercise racers (visitors get to race against a skeletal model to understand how their skeleton works)|
Here are some source links of where some of the information was quoted or referenced from, along with some other pages for further reading or research:
- 2012. Gulf Coast Exploreum - My Bodyworks. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.exploreum.com/exhib_bodyworks.html. [Accessed 18 October 12].
- 2012. Gulf Coast Exploreum - BioLab. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.exploreum.com/exhib_biolab.html [Accessed 18 October 12]
- 2009. G. C Exploreum's Blog, "Virtual Surgery Center is a Big Hit" [ÓNLINE] Available at http://exploreum.blogspot.com.au/2009/02/virtual-surgery-center-is-big-hit.html [Accessed 18 October 12].
- 2009. G. C. Exploreum's Blog, "My Bodyworks Exhibit Now Open" [ONLINE] Available at http://exploreum.blogspot.com.au/2009/01/my-bodyworks-exhibit-now-open.html [Accessed 18 October 12].