Your body 101
April 16, 2009
DENVER Questions about our bodies we might always have wondered about and some we probably havent is the theme behind a new exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Called Expedition Health, the exhibit is an interactive display of gizmos, gadgets, multi-media and live demonstrations and hands-on experimentation that will help kids and adults figure out things like what a cheek cell looks like, how lungs work, why we sweat and what our stride looks like.Opened April 4, Expedition Health takes up a 10,000 square-foot gallery in the museum, took two years to design and cost $8.7 million. As museum exhibits go, its the polar opposite of the stuffed critters behind the windows. Enter Expedition Health and the first thing you get is a Peak Pass a sort of credit card where you enter a few simple facts about yourself and pick a buddy to accompany you throughout the various stations. One of them measures your heart rate as it explains how electricity powers that most vital organ; another has you pedalling a bike to determine your target heart rate. Others project your body as a skeleton, let you know the fate of a granola bar from tongue through the end of the colon or show how your stride measures up.Its a truly modern and innovative exhibit thats worth checking out. Because of the interactive nature of Expedition Health, though, be prepared to spend some time. Lines form quickly behind the various stations, and if you pick a weekend or a day when local schools are on field trips to the museum, it can quickly become frustrating. But for Colorado residents and especially kids its an entertaining and educational trip through the world of the human body. Kids will enjoy seeing a live dissection of a sheep lung, studying some of their own cells under a microscope or watching a film of a woman hiking Mount Evans. The BodyTrek Theatre has blood oxygen and pulse sensors in front of every seat, so you can see where your own stats stack up as you learn how the body is able to climb a Fourteener.