Making Monsters

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.

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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 Creepy
Studies on Fear of Snakes from the National Academy of Sciences
Monkey Brains Help Explain Our Fear of SnakesĀ 

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!

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1222659. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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