A field trip to the Ontario Science Centre is an opportunity for students to formulate questions, explore and communicate ideas, create and assess solutions and challenge themselves to consider a world of new possibilities. Bring your class to explore these Special Exhibitions.
Brain: The Inside Story
The AstraZeneca Human Edge
NEW! Brain: The Inside Story
Step into the amazing, changing brain!
Closes March 29, 2015
Visit the exhibition at our upcoming Teacher & Family Day November 29, 2014
Take an unprecedented journey through the essential bundle of neurons that is the human brain, the control centre for our thoughts, senses, and feelings.
Walk through a forest of tangled wires and flashing lights that evokes trillions of firing synapses inside the brain. Watch a video projected on a giant brain model that provides an introduction to the many areas and functions of this remarkable organ. Explore how your brain processes language, organizes the visual world, and stores memories. Learn about the surprising ways the brain continually rewires itself through different stages of life and discover how new knowledge about the brain’s inner workings may help scientists repair and improve brain function.
Along the way, be challenged with puzzles and games that probe neural connections and pathways. Finally, relax in the “Brain Lounge” and observe how different parts of the brain are stimulated by various activities – like listening to music, sporting events, or foreign languages.
Brain: The Inside Story is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with Codice, Idee per la cultura, Torino, Italy in association with Comune di Milano – Assessorato Cultura, Italy; Guangdong Science Center, Guangzhou, China; and Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.Educational Resources:
- BRAIN: Educator's guide
- BRAIN Activity Worksheet Grades K-5.pdf
- BRAIN Activity Worksheet Grades 6-8.pdf
- BRAIN Activity Worksheet Grades 9-12.pdf
A new Exhibit Hall that explores the wonders and the possibilities of the human body
The AstraZeneca Human Edge is a brand new exhibit hall created by the Ontario Science Centre. We collaborated extensively with leading experts from a wide range of fields, including neuroscience, physiology, bio-mechanics, and sports medicine to develop 80 active and immersive experiences within five dynamic themes.
Watch the Video: The Making of The AstraZeneca Human Edge
How far can we push the edges of what is humanly possible?
Delve into the fundamentals of the human machine; the muscular, skeletal, respiratory and circulatory systems. Learn about strength, endurance, longevity and aging. Gaze inside the Visible Human and look at your future self with the Aging Machine. Visit our elevated glass floor and learn about the fight-or-flight response in an immersive way.
How do free divers descend to great depths on a single breath of air?
Share the experience of athletes and adventurers who are pushing their bodies to the limits in extreme environments, from the ocean floors to mountain summits. Discover how seemingly simple decisions could mean the difference between life and death.
How does the body respond when pushed past its limits?
Examine concussions, brain injuries, broken bones, diabetes and nutritional imbalances through a scientific lens. Explore the health risks of having excess body fat, including nutritional and weight loss misinformation. Learn about bionics, prosthetics and medical implants as you gain an appreciation for the science and technology involved in this field.
What changes happen to the human body as it grows from infancy to adulthood?
Explore reproduction, in-utero development, the amazing changes a woman’s body undergoes during pregnancy, proportional skeletal growth and the medical advancements aiding premature babies and their respiratory challenges. Tanks of fluorescent Zebra fish demonstrate how humans inherit traits from their parents.
What do athletes discover through rigorous training and risk taking?
Investigate the human form in motion through three common fitness activities: Running, Rowing and Dancing. Explore running biomechanics and the modern day controversies around footwear. Learn how our dance floor converts energy into electricity through movement.
Bring your students to explore these and other questions about the human body, health, fitness and nutrition, so they can get a better appreciation of just how remarkable their bodies are. Delve into the fundamentals of the human machine and discover your own personal limits.
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