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Inflatables like bounce houses and obstacle courses are always a good time and bring a level of fun to your parties, charity events and other places where entertainment is needed. Although inflatables are usually considered only as a means of entertainment, we have looked at other uses in this blog that have contributed to safety causes, the medical world and a plethora of other fields. This week, we will be looking at three distinctive uses of inflatables as educational tools.
Inflatable Brain – The Pekin Daily Times has a story about The MEGA Brain, which is the world’s only walk-through inflatable brain. The size of this brain truly is MEGA, judging from the specs listed in the article: “measuring 18 feet long, 14 feet wide and 12 feet high.” Visitors don’t just walk through – they can also see what happens when brain injuries occur and also see what new medical treatments are being developed.
Inflatable Planetarium – A staple of many schools, the inflatable planetarium at Bronxville School is a huge hit with students. According to a story on lohud.com, one teacher went above and beyond to bring this educational inflatable to his school: “[Sixth-grade science teacher Frank] Viggiani wanted it for his students, and sat down and wrote a grant request to the school’s educational foundation. Viggiani applied for the $40,000 the Digitalis planetarium cost (including teacher training) and was one of 17 projects that got the go-ahead for the 2011-12 school year.” The students already love the planetarium and so do the teachers, the article says.
Inflatable Colon – Kentucky’s NBC14 has a fun story about an inflatable colon, which is being used to raise awareness for issues involving colon cancer. Furthermore, the 10 foot colon will also inform people about how to care for your digestive system and get screened for cancer. The article says that the colon is currently making its way around Kentucky.