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.
What do I need to hire the Life exhibits?
- A gallery with about 75-100 sq metres of open floor space
- Five 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. Users operate push-rods to flex the fingers of the hand individually showing how the hand works.
Human torso - Visitors can fit the internal organs into their correct places in a full-size human torso. Afterwards they 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 - A number of resin blocks contain small creatures of the arthropod group (insects, etc.) which children can view with magnifying glasses. They then classify them onto a key based on a number of defining characteristics.
Animal visions - A number of goggles have lenses that are modified to mimic the vision of various animals. When children put them on they 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. Users have to try to identify the source of the fossil by comparing them with a picture key.
Body parts - There are casts of different parts of the human body hidden inside boxes. Visitors feel them and try to identify what they are.
Video microscope - The image produced by a microscope is displayed on a monitor. Visitors can examine a number of samples provided but most of all they can look at themselves in excessive detail.
Reaction timer - A random time after a start button is pressed, a buzzer or a light is triggered and you have to press the stop button as quickly as possible. The counter shows how fast you were.
Balance - Visitors test their ability to balance by standing on a small platform that pivots at its centre. As long as they stay level a timer will run. They can compare their times with one another.
Model eye - Visitors can dismantle the large eye model into five parts and reassemble it again. You can also perform a colour blindness test and use red-green spectacles to view a picture in 3-D.
Mirror drawing - A piece of paper with simple designs on it can be placed under a small screen, where it can not be seen but can be drawn on. A mirror behind shows a reflection of the paper. Pupils try to draw round the shapes.
Model ear - A large scale model shows the anatomical arrangement of our internal and external ear.