Chemistry of Plastination Lab

Body Worlds Decoded

Grades: 8-12
Duration: 60 minutes

Available Times: 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

*Start and end times may be flexible. Please speak to the Group Reservations specialist when booking.

Available Dates: October 24-27, 2023 • December 5 - 8, 2023 • January 23-26, 2024 • February 13-16, 2024 • March 19 - 21, 2024 • April 23-26, 2024
Concepts/Skills: Plastination, solvents, polarity, pressure, vapor point


More than just anatomy, Body Worlds Decoded is also a display of advanced chemical processes. Students investigate and experiment with some of the chemistry behind the preservation process of Body Worlds.

Lab Guide

Design a robust learning experience by selecting resources from this guide that fit the needs of your students. Reinforce learning before, after and even during your visit by diving deeper into some of the science and engineering concepts.

Lab-Related Activities

To Donate or Not to Donate

Grades 8-12

Students have small group discussion on the topic of whether or not to donate their bodies to a future Body Worlds exhibition.

Lesson: Two 60-minute sessions

Vocabulary Choice Board

Grades K-12

Vocabulary activities to pair with one of our labs or other STEM activities.

Lesson: 20-30 min

Chemistry of Plastination Lab

Exhibit Connections

Make connections between learning from the lab and the exhibits and programs found in The Tech Interactive’s galleries. For more exhibit connections, see the Lab Guide above.