Grossology and Animal Grossology Slide into the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
In Grossology, guests will take a “Tour du Nose” to explore 10 nasal features, including how snouts act as an air filter, a smell sensor and a mucus producer. Play the pinball game “Gas Attack” by scoring off bumpers dressed up as food items that cause gas. Mimic the buildup of acid indigestion by causing the “Burp Machine” to release a giant belch. Explore the role of the kidney in a virtual reality experience in “Urine: The Game.” Take a ride on the GI slide, climb a large-scale replica of human skin and discover other mysterious ways human body’s biology does what it needs to in order stay healthy.
Animal Grossology contains solid science and introduces it in a way that makes kids and adults alike giggle. Guests will explore how icky leeches are used after some surgeries to assist in the healing process. Did you know that cows are one of the gassiest animals on earth? Learn why the dung beetle is nature’s living pooper scooper, and why scientists are studying slug and snail slime production for clues in treating cystic fibrosis.
The Grossology exhibitions are based on the award-winning book, Grossology, by author Sylvia Branzei. As a teacher, writer, curriculum designer and microbiologist, Branzei explains the concept of Grossology as a learning tool. “This is science in disguise,” she says. “If we teach students in their own words, they’ll understand better and actually learn something.”
Admission to Grossology and Animal Grossology are included with Museum exhibit admission: $15 adults and $12 juniors (2-18). Museum members are free. Purchase tickets online at www.fortworthmuseum.org or by phone at 817-255-9540.
The Museum was established in 1941, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. Anchored by its rich collections, the Museum is dedicated to lifelong learning. It engages guests through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the history of Texas and the Southwest. For more information, visit www.fortworthmuseum.org.