Marikina City—During the celebration of its 29th Anniversary last February 26, 2019, the Philippine Science Centrum (PSC), as the flagship program of the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST), launched six interactive Health Exhibits sponsored by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).
The Dengue Virus
An interactive exhibit that allows visitors to build a large model of the dengue virus and learn about parts that makes new viruses in the host’s body. While visitors connect the parts of the virus structure, an exhibitor gives information on how people can get sick with dengue.
Test Your Vision
This exhibit requires visitors to explore in pairs and try the tools used by ophthalmologists to estimate the optical power of an eyeglass that a person may need. In trying out the trial lenses, one visitor may try to read the rows of letters on the Snellen Chart while their partner will verify if the letters are read correctly.
Showcased in this exhibit is a simulation of how a vaccine builds the body’s defences against virus and bacteria attack. Visitors participate by drawing “vaccine” from a vial and transferring the vaccine to the arm model. To help visitors see the importance of vaccination, the exhibit shows that the presence of the vaccine in the body of the model triggers lighting up of “cells” in the infographic panel. These cells simulate antibodies produced in response to the presence of weakened disease-causing agent in the vaccine.
Mobile Health Apps and Wireless Medical Devices
This grouped exhibit is assembled according to users. The health apps are shown in a large monitor where the visitor can tap on icons of health apps for the public, including patients and health care professionals. On the side, visitors can also use portable devices for monitoring of heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.
Sneeze and Disease
In this giant model of the nose and mouth, visitors can come up close to induce a loud sneeze. The exhibit also shows the millions of germs that a sneeze can spread in an infographic posted beside the model. It also gives information on how to sneeze the proper way to avoid spreading of infection.
Five reels containing pictures of different fruits and vegetables are rotated and aligned by visitors according to their color. Once aligned, the color flashes and health-promoting properties of the functional foods are shown on the monitor. These colourful fruits and vegetables have phytonutrients which benefit the body by helping lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, infections and other diseases.
Since its launching in 1990, the PSC has remained a promoter of science consciousness and information through its interactive science exhibits and learning systems which are especially suited to the student population and the general public.
The PCHRD is one with PSC and PFST in championing science and technology interest and literacy through interactive exhibits that will promote science understanding, positive attitude, commitment and active engagement in health.
- Written by Alysya Marie D. Pedraza