New Engineering Exhibit Opens at Museum of Discovery
Human + Engineering = Zero Impossibilities
Museum of Discovery Opens New Exhibit, Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering
Little Rock, Ark (May 24, 2017)- When cutting-edge science and engineering join forces to assist the human body, the possibilities for improving day-to-day lives are endless! Experience some of those breakthroughs in action in Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering, opens at the Museum of Discovery on Saturday, May 27.
The exhibition offers guests of all ages the chance to explore and create a range of low- and high-tech tools that extend the abilities of the human body. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering showcases compelling stories from a unique field of engineering that not only helps people carry out their day-to-day routines but also helps them realize lifelong dreams.
“Human Plus allows everyone to experience aspects of life as those who need technological assistance to better accomplish some tasks experience it,” says Kelley Bass, Museum of Discovery CEO. “We got the chance to interact with all aspects of Human Plus at a museum in Texas three years ago and immediately began work to try to get the exhibit to the Museum of Discovery. We only hope our visitors find it as engaging and eye-opening as we did.”
Throughout the exhibit, guests will be able get their hands on a broad range of actual ability-enhancing tools. Exhibits include a simulated downhill mono-ski course; a DJ station built of out a wheel chair and controlled by the wheels; a touch panel that translates music into vibrations guests can feel; a hands-free computer mouse, controlled through slight movements of the head, that allows the guest to type messages, edit photos or watch videos; and a neuro-prosthetic limb that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts!
Guests can even re-design themselves in a full body simulation and test body enhancement technologies that supersize their strength, showcasing the new horizon of engineering that was once the stuff of science fiction.
Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering will remain at the Museum of Discovery through September 10.
The Museum of Discovery is Arkansas’s premier science and technology center, and our mission to ignite and fuel a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math through dynamic, interactive experiences. Our museum is the oldest in the state of Arkansas, founded in 1927. We became the Museum of Discovery in 1998 when we moved to our River Market location. Thanks to a $9.2 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, we debuted 90 new, interactive, hands-on exhibits in 2012.