Gateway Science Museum

Spring 2016

GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body

Grossology event poster, providing a visual representation of the "impolite" science of the human body

GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body is a fun, exciting and educationally stimulating exhibition based on the best-selling book, Grossology, by science teacher Sylvia Branzei. Explore how and why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk that many people think are gross. This colorful exhibit includes interactive displays and challenges to explain the good, the bad and the downright ugly about the human body and how it works. 

  • Visit the Vomit center and learn the many reasons humans vomit
  • Find our what causes runny noses, sneezes and allergies with Nigel Nose-it-All
  • Help a larger-than-life cartoon character release a giant burp by pumping soda pop from a 3-foot can to make him drink and increase his stomach pressure
  • Climb a human skin wall with warts, hairs, wounds and other objects that act as hand and foot holds
  • Play surgery and attempt to remove organ parts from a body without touching the sides of the patient

GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body is based on Planet Dexter's GROSSOLOGY series. Planet Dexter and GROSSOLOGY are registered trademarks of Penguin Group (USA), LLC. GROSSOLOGY Exhibitions created and produced by Advanced Animations, LLC. 

The exhibit was on display from January 16 through May 8, 2016 in the North Gallery and James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery.

Cloudy With A Chance...

Cloudy With A Chance.. event posterGateway Science Museum invites you to explore the science of clouds! 

Early weather forecasters, including sailors and farmers, paid close attention to the clouds to understand more about approaching weather. Rising air masses off of land and water produce  various types of clouds as the air mass reaches a temperature where the air is cooled below the dew point. Dew point is the temperature at which water in the air turns from vapor to liquid - like water droplets forming on the outside of glass in warm conditions.

Cloudy With A Chance... investigates more than 10 major cloud types based on where the various types are generally found in the atmosphere. Low level clouds can be found from the ground up to 1.25 miles above the ground. Mid Level clouds  are found between 1.25 miles and about 3 miles, and high clouds are found anywhere above 3 miles. The more you know about clouds, the more you can “read" the sky above you for information on the weather  – and the more you will see and appreciate the amazing richness of cloud types and variations.

Cloudy with a chance was created by Gateway Science Museum, CSU, Chico. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Jennifer Jewell. Many thanks to the cloud information provided by NASA, NOAA, Nature Watch and The Cloud Appreciation Society.

The exhibit was on display from January 16 through May 8, 2016 in the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery.