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Gross Me Out!

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 24 September, 2003
Sometimes it's stinky; sometimes it's crusty; and sometimes it's slimy. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body at The Tech Museum of Innovation, October 4, 2003 through January 4, 2004. Based on the best selling children's book Grossology – The Science of Really Gross Things by Sylvia Branzei, this exhibit uses kids slang to describe bodily functions and teach a fun, interactive lesson in biology. "This is science in disguise," says Grossology author Sylvia Branzei. "Kids are innately curious about their bodies, and if we teach in their own words, they'll understand better and actually learn something." Grossology uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative displays to tell the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. The exhibit features 18 interactive components that give answers to questions such as "what is snot," "what does my skin do," "why do I need food," and "what causes pimples?" Visitors enter the exhibition at the invitation of Her Grossness (who later explains the process of vomiting) and hear and see Nigel Nose, Burp Guy and other characters explain the mysteries of the actions of the body and how these activities keep us healthy.

In "Tour du Nose," visitors explore 10 nasal features, including how your snoot acts as an air filter, a smell sensor and a mucus producer. At Burp Guy, visitors mimic the build up of acid indigestion by causing the "Burp Machine" to release a giant belch. The role of the kidney is explained in a virtual reality experience, "Urine: The Game." Visitors can also take a ride from mouth to intestine on the GI Slide and climb a large-scale replica of human skin complete with warts, hairs and pimples. "Grossology offers an entertaining and educational look at an important topic that adults don't often discuss, but kids love – our bodily functions!" commented Tech President and CEO Peter Giles. "The decision to bring this exhibit to The Tech was based on its ability to captivate and educate children about their bodies. The exhibit does what The Tech attempts to do: make science and technology approachable and fun." GROSSOLOGY® exhibition produced by Advanced Exhibits, a division of Advanced Animations, Inc. in collaboration with Science World British Columbia and Grossology author Sylvia Branzei. Planet Dexter and GROSSOLOGY® are registered trademarks of Penguin Putnam Inc. Year of Life and Health at The Tech Sponsors are Susan and John Diekman, Barbara and John Glynn, The Valley Foundation, Isy Goldwasser, Kaiser Permanente, Sue Siegel and Robert A. Reed, and The Tech Museum Emeritus Board. Located in downtown San Jose, CA, The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. With over 250 hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Dome Theater, weekend workshops, summer camps, community outreach programs, Tech Challenge and Tech Awards, The Tech has inspired more than 5 million visitors since opening the doors to its first facility in 1990. For more information, visit www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH.