What are we humans made of and what makes us tick? Use the models and the microscope to find out what goes on inside our body. And identify plants and animals and see how they fit into the Earth’s environment.
• A gallery with about 100 sq metres of open floor space.
• Electrical power – two plug sockets.
• The exhibition must be supervised at all times when in use, preferably by staff accustomed to working in an interactive environment.
Skeleton hand – A model of a human hand and wrist shows the bones and tendons. Operate push-rods to flex the fingers of the hand individually showing how the hand works.
Human torso – Fit the internal organs into their correct places in a full-size human torso. Afterwards remove them and put them in the base which names and describes them.
Digestion – By listening to phones which you move across a ‘talking picture’ of human digestive organs you can find out what happens to the food as it passes along the alimentary canal.
Sunflower – A large model plant simulates a plants ability to use light energy. By moving the leaves you can maximise the light uptake which is shown on a meter in the centre of the flower.
Key – Resin blocks contain small creatures of the arthropod group (insects, etc.) which you can view with magnifying glasses, then classify them onto a key based on a number of defining characteristics.
Animal visions – Pairs of goggles have lenses that are modified to mimic the vision of various animals. Put them on to see as the animals do.
Animal sounds – Recordings of the sounds of animals, particularly birds, are positioned in a picture of an environment. By moving phones across it you can hear the sounds and identify them by comparison with an animal picture key.
Fossil find – A set of fossils are arranged in a time sequence. Try to identify the source of the fossil by comparing them with a picture key.
Body parts – Casts of different parts of the human body are hidden inside boxes. Feel them and try to identify what they are.
Video microscope – The image produced by a microscope is displayed on a monitor. Examine the samples provided and thenlook at yourself in minute detail.
Reaction timer – A start button is pressed, and afte a random period a buzzer or light is triggered – press the stop button as quickly as you can. The counter shows the speed of your reaction.
Balance – Test your ability to balance by standing on a small platform with a central pivot. As long as you stay level a timer will run. Compare your times with friends.
Model eye – Dismantle the large eye model into five parts and reassemble it; perform a colour blindness test and use red-green spectacles to view a picture in 3-D.
Mirror drawing – Place the designs under a small screen, where it can be drawn on but not seen. Draw round the shapes usng the image reflected in a mirror.
Model ear – A large scale model shows the anatomical arrangement of our internal and external ear.