Unsurprisingly, it was Walt Disney who coined the term edutainment way back in 1948 to describe true life adventures more popularly referred to as reality series today. As the name suggests, edutainment is the act of learning through a medium that both educates and entertains. With this at its core, coupled with the aim of bringing textbooks to life and making life sciences accessible to everyone, BODY WORLDS does that and more.
As the first exhibition of its kind to inform the broad public about anatomy, physiology and health by displaying real human bodies, BODY WORLDS brings a new dimension to the term edutainment. The specimens on display are preserved through Plastination, the preservation process invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977 while he was working as an anatomist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
Designed specifically for the purposes of education, the plastinates are an indispensable tool for teaching learners about the human body. The hundreds of extraordinary anatomical specimens of real human bodies build knowledge and understanding by bringing text books to life and enhancing science. From individual organs, entire body systems to whole human bodies, students can discover in dramatic detail how the body works – and why it fails.
With well in excess of 100,000 people pouring through its doors since opening in late October last year, one of the most visited exhibitions is currently open at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown
at the heart of Johannesburg’s creative hub.
Parents will wish to prepare both their students and their adult supervisors carefully for their BODY WORLDS experience.Useful materials are free for download on the website www.bodyworlds.co.za or can be downloaded here.
20 March 2013 – 30 June 2013
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (Newtown), cnr Miriam Makeba & President Street, Johannesburg
Adults – R140.00 per person
Concessions: Seniors (60+)/Students (18+) – R110.00 per person
Children (aged 6-17) – R90.00 per person
Family Tickets – 2 Adults and 2 Children – R400.00
Group Bookings (15+ people) kindly call 071 547 5558
From WebTickets (www.webtickets.co.za)
Mon – Sun: 09:00 to 18:30 (last admission) – Doors close 1.5 hours after last admission
Tel: 071 547 5558
The anatomical exhibition with BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is based on an established body donation programme and the informed legal consent of those on display.
Organisers are giving away three sets of double tickets.
Competition only open to residents of Gauteng.