Imagine a small-scale laboratory where kids can help clear the bloodstream of germs; solve problems using a glove box, beakers and test tubes; manipulate machines to mix and separate substances; investigate objects using microscopes; create a healthy soup in a test kitchen; and share their discoveries with others.
The venue is Science + You, a traveling exhibit featuring 11 interactive elements in which children can explore machines, processes and technology that demonstrate the role science plays to keep them healthy.
Even the entrance has special meaning. Children experience procedures similar to those of a real-life laboratory. The sanitization process includes washing hands and wiping feet on a special gel-like floor mat that changes colors to represent the dirt particles being removed. Children then walk through a pretend shower to be bathed in blue lights before putting on a white Abbott lab coat.
Xibitz worked with Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago, scientists at Abbott Labs, and Kraemer Design + Production to create this unique environment. This traveling children’s exhibit stimulates interest in the role scientists play in the health and wellness of people all over the world.
Underwritten by the Abbott Fund, the exhibit opened at the Kohl in Glenview, Illinois and has traveled to San Francisco; Washington D.C.; Mannheim, Germany; and São Paulo, Brazil.