Invented in 1927 by Harvard medical researchers Dr. Philip Drinker and Dr. Louis Shaw, the first functional electric “Iron Lung” worked by varying air pressure inside the chamber to force air in and out of the lungs. The iron lung was used primarily during the Polio Epidemic of the 1940’s.
Aunt LC’s Market
Welcome to Aunt LC’s Market! Take time to explore the nutrition fact labels on a variety of foods. Compare the amount of sugar and fat found in processed foods to that found in whole foods. Use the bar code scanner to find additional nutritional information on a variety of food items.
We hope you ♥ our Heart exhibit as much as we do! This larger than life, 7 foot tall heart model is made of EPS foam. A healthy adult heart pumps nearly 2000 liters of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels every day! That blood is primarily made in the bone marrow of the vertebrae, pelvis, ribs, and skull. Over the course of your lifetime, your heart will work harder than any other muscle in your body.
As the mastermind of the human body, this 3-pound structure is the most complex organ in the human body. The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system. It is estimated that the brain contains over 100 billion nerve cells. Interpreting information from our senses, controlling body movements, and managing the release of hormones, are only a few of the brain’s responsibilities. Scientists are still working to unlock the numerous mysteries of the human brain!
We can see because light is processed by our eye and then interpreted by our brain. Light passes through the clear surface of the eye called the cornea. It then passes through the black center of the eye called the pupil, which is actually an opening to the interior of the eye. The pupil can get larger or smaller to regulate the amount of light coming into the eye.
Touch is the sense that allows us to feel what is happening in our environment. The sense of touch is spread through the whole body. This is due to nerve endings in the skin and other parts of the body that send information to the brain. There are four types of sensation that can be felt: cold, heat, contact, and pain.
Our nose is the organ we use to detect smell. Our sense of smell can detect ten basic types of scents. Our smell also helps us to taste foods. In addition to helping us smell things around us, our nose cleans and warms the air we breathe.
The human skeleton gives the body structure, shape, movement, and support. The body has 206 bones, each composed of several osseous layers. At this exhibit you will not only get to observe a real skeleton, but build one as well!
Cells are the basic building blocks of life. The human body contains trillions of cells that take in nutrients, convert those nutrients into energy, and perform specialized functions within the body. Cells also contain genetic material. Each cell is made of many parts, each having different functions within the cell. Take a look at some of the structures within the cell here at the cell exhibit!
Immune System Exhibit
Although you can’t see it, your immune system is your body’s sickness-fighting machine. It has to be able to find and destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses, or other things that could harm your body. White blood cells and lymph nodes are just a few parts of this amazing and still mysterious system!
Dental health is important for many reasons and a great smile is just one of them. The mouth can harbor infection that seeds bacteria to the heart, lungs and kidney of adults. This can play a part in health complications such as stroke and heart disease.
Now hear this! The ear is made up of three different sections: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The ear is not just an organ that helps us hear, but also makes it possible for humans to walk and keep our balance.
Our sense of taste starts with our tongue. The tongue is made up of a group of muscles that allow us to taste food, swallow and talk. A healthy tongue is pink and covered with microscopic taste buds that transmit information to your brain to help you taste your favorite foods.
$6 per person. Children under 3 are free.
This Includes Cool Things like . . .
• Inspect the Inside of a Giant Eyeball
• Meet “Charlie Bones”, A Real Human Skeleton
• “Get Pumped” About the Human Heart
• Look Inside a Real “Iron Lung”
• Reach Inside a Giant Mouth
• Meet Valeda the Transparent Talking Mannequin
• … and Join Blaze & Roxi on an Interactive iPad Walking Tour of All the Exhibits!
Kansas Learning Center for Health
505 Main • Halstead, KS 67056
Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm (closed holidays)
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