Special Exhibits

Disease Detectives

Disease Detectives Set-up from Kalamazoo Valley Museum on Vimeo.

January 21, 2012 – May 28, 2012

Disease Detectives, a hands-on, immersive exhibition, puts the spotlight on the ways in which infectious diseases are transmitted and diagnosed. Visitors interact with three mannequins to take temperatures and listen to heartbeats while assessing the conditions of the “patients.” The exhibit also explains the steps that we can take to protect our good health.

Food and water-borne illnesses, airborne illness and vector-borne illnesses (that are transmitted to humans by animals or insects) are all illustrated in the exhibit. Giant, 3-D microbe models are found throughout the exhibit and are grouped by modes of transmission. There are examples of viruses, bacteria and parasites. Flip books that accompany the exhibit explain important facts about microbes.

In the airborne illness display area, visitors will help determine what made Marcus feel sick after a trip to Asia. After swabbing his nasal cavity (with the exhibit’s huge nose and swab), guests can analyze the virus particles to determine the problem.

In the food and waterborne illness display, guests learn about proper food preparation to prevent the spread of germs. A barbecue grill display illustrates the need to thoroughly cook hamburgers as visitors compare the temperature of the patties on the grill.

The vector-borne area tells the story of Yolanda, who has been working in the U.S. but returns home to West Africa and becomes sick with malaria.
The exhibit will be on display through May 28, 2012.

From Science Museum of Minnesota.

Teacher's Guide to Disease Detectives