Kidzeum Receives $20,000 Donation from SIU School of Medicine Doctors

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SPRINGFIELD – The Kidzeum of Health and Science will introduce an interactive Mouth to Potty exhibit thanks to a $20,000 donation from SIU School of Medicine Division of General Surgery doctors.

This exhibit will demonstrate the digestive process to Kidzeum attendees of all ages. Food pucks will display how the mouth, teeth, tongue, esophagus, stomach, enzymes and intestines work to break down food and supply energy for the body. The activity will end with the food puck being eliminated as waste with a flushing sound.

“We at Kidzeum are so excited that SIU School of Medicine, Division of General Surgery is sponsoring such a fun exhibit. Not only will the doctors be providing an entertaining exhibit to families in the Midwest but will be able to collaborate with Kidzeum to bring educational programming to teach about digestive health,” Kidzeum Board President Rachael Thomson says.

The Mouth to Potty exhibit will be one of the 100 engagements within the Healthy Body Gallery. The Kidzeum of Health and Science will be located in the nationally registered, historic buildings at 412, 414 and 416 East Adams Street in Springfield. Kidzeum is almost $300,000 from beginning construction of the three-story, 25,000 square foot children’s museum. Volunteers have raised $5.68 million of its $6.8 million dollar goal.

Kidzeum is slated to open in spring 2016. Those seeking more information can learn more by visiting their website here.

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