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Carnegie Science Center to host new live demonstration theater ‘BodyStage’

Allegheny Health Network is presenting sponsor of new Live Demonstration Theater
Allegheny Health Network is presenting sponsor of new Live Demonstration TheaterCarnegie Science Center

Allegheny Health Network is presenting sponsor of new Live Demonstration Theater

Carnegie Science Center has unveiled a new part of their permanent exhibits. “Body Stage is the new live demonstration theater that will feature shows related to nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices and physical fitness. “Body Stage is presented by Allegheny Health Network (AHN).

“BodyStage” will be replacing the Science Center’s former “Kitchen Theater” which closed on May 30m, 2014. That space was totally revamped and re-themed with new technological updates for the new series of shows. Among the changes is the entrance to the theater that allows easier access from the galleries which will allow the Science Center’s Theater Teams to present live demonstrations to visitors such as the chance to handle a five pound block of “fat”, exploring MRI images or a live microscopic image of their very own skin on iPad.

“We welcome the opportunity to provide information to public and school audiences about a wide variety of health-related topics,” said Ann Metzger, co-director of Carnegie Science Center. “We are so pleased to have the support of the distinguished team of experts at Allegheny Health Network to bring impactful programming to our visitors and to expose students to health care careers.”
“Advancing health education in the community is an essential part of our mission,” said John Paul, President and CEO of AHN. “By partnering with Carnegie Science Center and helping conceptualize this unique program, we will educate significant numbers of people about the importance of healthy living and the many wonders of modern medicine.”

Betsy Blazek O’Neill, MD, an AHN physician and member of the advisory panel for BodyStage programming, said the live theater concept is an ideal opportunity to engage with the public about how to prepare healthy meals, make wise food decisions, understand the human body, prevent disease, and work to improve personal health. “It’s also a great opportunity to showcase technological advances in imaging and surgical techniques,” she said.

Due to the huge success that “Kitchen Theater” enjoyed with tens of thousands of visitors per year, it is hoped that “BodyStage” will prove even more popular. Each “BodyStage” show will be crafted for all ages and geared to the “Next Generation Science Standards” for particular grade levels. “BodyStage will focus on diet, nutrition, exercise, basic anatomy and medical technology.

Here are some new shows that will be debuting this summer

Tasteful Tidbits: The Science of Taste & Smell
Designed specifically for young children, this show demonstrates how the taste sensors on the tongue work hand in hand with the sensors in the nose to decode various smells of food and not food. Visitors will discover the biochemistry that makes up our sense of taste and smell and why those senses exist. Did our ancient ancestors rely on taste and smell just to survive?

It’s Alimentary, Watson
After you smell, taste and swallow food what happens next? This show will delve into the basic anatomy of how food travels through the human body and how it is changed into energy that is usable by the entire body’s different parts. Along with a presentation picturing the digestive system, the show will take it down to the cellular level of the stomach and intestines as it highlights the various systems that distribute the nutrients throughout the body.

Scanning, Scopes, & Surgery
Medicine has been around in some form or another from the dawn of time but it is only recently that huge advances in technology have developed non-invasive scanning and minimally invasive scopes. From X-Rays, MRIs and CT scans all phases of the electromagnetic spectrum will be highlighted. The show will also include a live endoscope demonstration and an onstage dissection.

Along with the brand new shows scheduled for “BodyStage” favorites from the Kitchen Theater series will also be included from time to time such as “Taste the Rainbow”, an adventure all about colorful fruits and vegetables, geared for young children; “Grain-iacs!”, exploring why quinoa and other whole grains are so important to nutrition; and “Say Cheese!”, tracing the chemical reactions that move milk into a whole new dimension. Other apt topics for future programming include weight management, exercise, diet, sanitation, cleanliness, and the prevention and control of diabetes and other diseases.

BodyStage also will provide a forum for student and adult programming by local nutrition and medical experts provided or suggested by AHN.

“Carnegie Science Center is in the business of stretching minds – particularly those of children and youth, who represent our region’s next generation of scientists and technologists,” said Ron Baillie, co-director of the Science Center. “While not all students who engage with the Science Center will pursue a high-tech or science career, we are committed to building a scientifically literate citizenry through fun, interactive experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students who have the opportunity to connect STEM with enjoyable experiences in their everyday lives are more likely to envision a future in which they can participate and make a difference.”

All BodyStage shows are free with general admission to the Science Center. Each day’s offerings at BodyStage are listed on the calendar on the Science Center’s website.

About Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.