The Healthy Bodies Gallery explores how the human body and systems work. On display are actual human organs that have been plastinated or chemically preserved so that visitors can have a peek of specimens from inside a real human body. Little explorers can also take a closer peek at the inner workings of our body through larger than life human organs where they can crawl through intestines and peek inside the mouth.
One of the highlights in this section is Mindball, a game that requires participants to compete against each other using mind power. To participate, players would have to wear headbands fitted with electrodes and attempt to move the ball towards the opponent’s goal using nothing but their brains’ electrical waveforms. Audiences would be able to monitor the players’ brain activities, which is visually presented on a screen throughout the match.
How it Works Gallery
The gallery discusses about recycling efforts that have been developed or are currently ongoing in western parts of Virginia. One of the section showcases the recycling process of steel, one of the most common recyclable metals. Through recycling, it seeks to preserve natural resources to reduce the environmental impact during the production of steel products. Exhibits in this gallery seek to help us become better stewards of our environment.
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Maker Lab/Open Lab
The Maker Lab is an open space inside the museum that encourages individuals to allow their creative juices to flow. Using craft supplies local communities have donated, the museum has recycled it to encourage visitors to get their hands moving in creating new pieces of artwork. To get started, there are a Lego brick wall and a gear wall for kids to assemble and re-assemble plastic pieces in an infinite number of ways. Through such creative play, it teaches them to think laterally, develop problem-solving skills and improves creativity, all while having fun.
The Open Lab is staffed with volunteers who are trained to assist friends and families with performing two-dozen science experiments, which they can choose from. These experiments are conducted in a safe and controlled environment, and are therefore family friendly activities for adults and children alike.
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