|Body Carnival: Entrance
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Two columns, covered by a tent, welcome visitors. "Fun House"
mirrors located on the back of the columns illustrate the idea that
perceptions are not always what they seem.
Visitors can use a set of 15" dolls with differently sized feet
and metal counterweights to explore how the center of gravity and
the base of an object affect stability.
Walk the Plank
Three balance beams increase in difficulty from 4 inches wide to
2 inches wide to finally the width of a 1/4-inch wire. Visitors
are encouraged to experiment with a set of weights as they walk
across the beams.
In this exhibit, visitors can walk through a spinning tunnel while
trying to maintain their balance. The 10-foot tunnel simulates a
rotating star field. Ramps make this activity wheelchair-accessible.
Visitors can "see" how sight affects their balance when they put on a pair of goggles with
vision-distorting lenses and attempt to follow a zigzag yellow line on the floor.
|Body Carnival: Feel Music
Photo Courtesy Catawba Science Center
In front of a vertically striped wall, visitors can test their balance
as they use a pulley to move the wall from side to side. Visitors
are challenged to stand on one foot to see if they can maintain
their balance while looking at the stripes on the moving wall.
Get a Grip
In this exhibit, visitors can learn how leverage helps their hands
and arms to function. Three interactives allow visitors to string
tendons across a hand model, observe tendons in a working hand model,
and experiment with different model arms to learn how the length
of the arm affects its function.
House of Color
In this exhibit, visitors are invited to experiment with different
sources of lights to see how light wavelengths affect the color
of various objects. Lights available for experimentation include
white light, monochromatic light (from a sodium bulb), red light,
blue light, and green light.
Tunnel of Blood
This exhibit features a giant coronary artery with realistically sculpted walls that simulate
the build-up of arterial plaque. As visitors crawl through the artery, they can both see and hear
the effects of plaque build-up on blood flow.
At Calculation Station, three activities encourage visitors to use their own bodies to make
H2O highlights the amount of water we need to
drink daily. A weight scale and calculator are available for visitors
to discover how much water they should drink daily, depending
on how much they weigh.
Target Heart Rate helps visitors to identify their target heart rate. A calculator and heart
rate monitor are available for finding individual target heart rates.
The Human Yardstick is a tool to determine the
mathematical relationship between arm span and height. After visitors
measure their height, they measure their outreached arm span,
fingertip to fingertip, using a retractable tape.
Clown Figures displays fun statistics about the human body.
Visitors can cover their ears and lean back against sound cushions to "hear" through their bones and muscles
while learning how these body parts transmit sound.
Three activities give visitors the opportunity to compare their physical and neural activities with others.
Hang Time invites visitors to measure their extended
and flexed arm hang times. A timing device with audible beep tells
them how long their feet are off the ground. Text panels provide
average hang times by gender and age. Visitors can hold their
hands in different locations on the bar to determine the easiest
Think Fast! gives visitors two opportunities
to test their neural reaction time. First, visitors must react
quickly by pushing a button in response to a light signal. Second,
visitors are given the added task of choosing between two buttons,
depending on light cues.
Sit and Reach places visitors in a seated position
where they attempt to measure how flexible they are both with
and without warming up their muscles. A slider located on this
component has an audible click at each 1 inch increment. Text
panels contain average flexibilities by gender and age.