Museum invites public to explore human anatomy during 'Science Saturday'

Thu, 12/13/2012
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LAWRENCE — What do we know about what is under the skin?

The KU Natural History Museum invites the public to explore human anatomy through "Science Saturday: the Body," an event for children, families and curious adults from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15.

The free event includes activities and games such as Anatomy Alex, a life-size evolutionary take on the famous game Operation that was constructed by KU engineering staff and museum staff and students. Another game asks participants to vault pollen felt balls into a giant nose full of Velcro hairs.

In partnership with KU's anatomy program, the event also includes a rare chance to see parts of the human body up close and learn more about them. David McLeod and his human anatomy teaching staff will have anatomical models and real organs for visitors to see such as the human heart, brain, lungs, ears, eyes and skeletal muscles.

Launched in October 2012, Science Saturdays are monthly drop-in events held at the KU Natural History Museum. Each month features a different topic such as fossils, insects, birds, plants and physics.

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