It’s amazing how many entries I start writing, then leave aside in my drafts because it’s been ages since I’ve transferred my phone pictures to my computer (aka never upon a time ago). Fortunately, or unfortunately, I don’t really have any pictures of the Michigan Science Center today. The Michigan Science Center, formerly known as the Detroit Science Center recently opened a few months ago after the Detroit Science Center ran into some financial problems and shut down in 2011. There are so many great exhibits that I’m excited to explore when I visit the museum again.
Last weekend, I volunteered at the BODIES HUMAN: Anatomy in Motion exhibit. It’s a traveling exhibit about the intricacies of the human body and organ systems that is on exhibition for a limited amount of time. The exhibit features human bodies, organs, cross-sections that have been preserved through a process called “plastination.” The bodies are immersed in a bath of polymers and once allowed to harden over, would preserve the bodies for an extremely long time beyond the capabilities of just formaldehyde. A whole body could take up to two years to go through this process.
The bodies are arranged in various poses–thinker, discus thrower, basketball player–to display the anatomy of muscles and organ systems in motion. Each organ system is also separately showcased as you walk from body to body. One of the most amazing things a patron pointed out to me was a heart with four vessels coming off of the aortic arch. In addition, there are horizontal and vertical cross-sections, circulatory systems preserved with a resin, as well as a specific display that compares healthy organs with damaged or diseased organs to educate patrons about the effects of poor health choices (e.g., smoking and drinking) and the importance of good health choices.
All in all, it was a great and educational exhibition. I hope everybody gets a chance to visit and learn about the human body in a way that has been exclusive to doctors and scientists for so long. Read for more information and see some cool pictures here!