Educators' Evenings

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience Educators' Evening

January 12, 2018

Join us on Friday, January 12, for an evening celebrating our latest exhibition Our Senses: An Immersive Experience. The evening will provide an opportunity for teachers to view the exhibition, hear from the curator, network with other educators, and gather resources on how to use the exhibition with their students.  The evening also includes a reception and time to explore resource tables. 

Participants will receive Educator Guides and student activities which provide pathways for students to connect learning to experience when visiting the Museum. 

Our Senses:  An Immersive Experience delves into how our brains work with sensory organs to shape our perceptions and reveals how, until recently in our evolutionary history, humans have been oblivious to nature’s other crucial signals, including UV light, infrared sounds, and electrical fields. Highlights include a virtual garden to explore through the eyes of a bee or a snake; an audio-collage challenging visitors to test their skill at tracking individual sounds; illusions that make flat surfaces seem rippled; a variety of tactile experiences that activate different kinds of nerves; and a smell test inviting visitors to guess the ingredients in a complex scent.

Other areas of the exhibition will explain how our senses and brain work together to create our perception of “reality” by filling in gaps, resolving conflicts, correcting errors, and using scraps of information to trigger memories. A live presenter will examine how the senses and world views of other species differ from ours and what’s truly unique about human perception, including sensory integration and appreciation of art and music. 

  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Reception
  • 5:00p.m. to 5:45 p.m.:  Curator Talk
  • 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Visit the Exhibition
 

Our Senses is generously supported by Dana and Virginia Randt.

 

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