QUITO – The Science Tunnel, an initiative of Germany’s Max Planck Institute, has arrived in Ecuador on a mission to make the scientific enterprise compelling to young people.
The everyday experiences of seeing, smelling, touching, hearing, and tasting acquire a different dimension in the Tunnel where, with the touch of a button, the visitor can view images showing which parts of the brain respond to the various stimuli.
Raise your arms and step in front of the “magic mirror” and you will see a 3D projection of your insides, including intestines, heart, and lungs.
The Science Tunnel’s international tour started in 2000 with the aim of encouraging societies to “reflect on sustainable development of the world and the transmission of knowledge,” project coordinator Caridad Perez told EFE, adding that Ecuador plans a parallel academic program.
After stops in four continents, the exhibition now occupies 1,200 square meters (12,900 sq. ft.) in the House of Ecuadorean Culture, where it will remain open until Aug. 21.
“Usually, when we think about physics, biology or chemistry, we recall school homework to be done on Sunday evenings and we didn’t want to do, but this should not be like that,” Perez said. Science, she added, should be part of daily life, not something imposed on us.