OMSI is taking Science on the move! Did you see a chicken coop at the Rose Quarter or a monster-making kiosk at the Gresham transit center? Wondering what this is all about? Both experiences are part of OMSI's Science on the Move
project funded by the National Science Foundation
. The goal of the project is to explore innovative ways to engage adults in science learning outside of museums. To achieve this goal, OMSI is working with Trimet
and Lamar Advertising
to test two prototype exhibits at regional transit centers.
But what do exhibits about chickens and monsters have to do with science? The topics were inspired by real science and technology related businesses here in the Portland area. For the first prototype, we worked with Urban Farm Store
to create a chicken-themed "whodunit" mystery that introduces people to urban wildlife. The second prototype is a collaboration with BENT Image Lab
to create Make Me a Monster
. The kiosk invites people at the bus stop to learn about special effects technology and the biology of fear while morphing their features into monstrous characters.
OMSI will be testing the Make Me a Monster
kiosk intermittently at the Gresham Transit Center between April and July. Be sure to check it out in person and visit OMSI's Flickr
page to see the monsters others people have created!To learn more about why we find certain animals so scary...Human Brain Responds to Animals, Cute or CreepyStudies on Fear of Snakes from the National Academy of SciencesMonkey Brains Help Explain Our Fear of Snakes
Is your business interested in creating a mobile exhibit too?
Do you have a great science-related story to tell? Want help translating what you do into a fun, interactive experience? Contact us to learn more!