On Friday 30 November 2012, The Wind in the Bowels exhibition, which focuses on human digestion and the functions of the intestines, was opened at the Finnish Science Centre Heureka. This fun and demonstrative exhibition teaches visitors about the structure and functions of a healthy digestive tract, and tells how our bodies get the building materials and fuel that they need from the food we eat.
Nearly everything in us is brought to us through the bowels. The nutrients that are necessary for us to live reach our internal systems primarily through the small intestine, where a miraculous process of breakdown and absorption takes place.
The Wind in the Bowels exhibition features many different exhibits. Visitors can try on the organ vest or learn about the breakdown of nutrients in a fast-paced game that enables you to break down nutrients by striking them with enzyme balls. They can also take our quiz to test their knowledge of digestion or marvel at the functional surface area of the small intestine – breaking wind has not been forgotten either!
The purpose of the exhibition is to demonstrate the amazing functions of those parts of our bodies that are often forgotten. Some of the exhibition’s topics, such as intestinal bacteria, are currently the subject of extensive research. The latest research information has been utilised in planning this exhibition, and the contents will be further updated as new research results become available.
This exhibition will open as part of Heureka’s main exhibition and has been designed in co-operation with the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim in honour of its 130th jubilee year in 2011.
The Wind in the Bowels exhibition will open at Heureka on 30 November 2012.
Jaakko Pöyhönen, Exhibition Manager, tel. +358 (0)40 901 5218, jaakko.poyhonen(at)heureka.fi
Heureka, the Science Centre is a unique high-level cultural and educational institution that is among Finland’s most popular leisure time destinations. Its mission is twofold: on the one hand the Science Centre performs important educational and public service tasks, and on the other hand it operates in the leisure time market. It is a place for the entire family. Heureka has three exhibition halls for interactive exhibits and a brand new planetarium. Heureka operates in three languages: English, Finnish and Swedish. It is located in the Helsinki metropolitan area, In Tikkurila, Vantaa. Heureka is open around the year. More information: www.heureka.fi
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