Museum of Discovery exhibit shows how people with disabilities use technology to readjust

Museum of Discovery exhibit shows how people with disabilities use technology to readjust

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The threat of rain for part of the weekend proves the value in having some indoor ideas to keep the kids busy.

The Museum of Discovery opened a new exhibit Saturday that gets kids thinking about STEM. It's all about innovation and getting people to think outside the box.

The new Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering exhibit has a ton of creative and fun ways that show how people with disabilities use technology to readjust, but be careful there's a lot of kids learning a lot of cools things about technology. Alex Palmer works for the new exhibit.

"We just had our human plus engineering exhibit open up, it's all about the engineering of prostatic and the human body,” Palmer said. "It's just letting people know about the world and what goes on."

Inside, kids learn different functions of prosthetic limbs and how they help people carry out their day to day functions. Each station explores different ways people with disabilities use high-tech engineering to overcome the impossible. It's helping ignite a passion for science, technology, and math for people of all ages.

"We can draw a lot of cool art and show how different colors can come together,” Palmer said. “And just create something really amazing."

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Palmer said it opens the minds of children, exposing them to things they may have never seen before. It's family day for Fonz Jenkins along with his niece and nephews.

"I used to come here as a kid when I was living here,” Jenkins said. “So I thought I'd let them experience the same thing I experienced when I was a kid."

He's impressed with how the museum keeps children engaged.

"We get to meet so many cool people from all over the world,” Palmer said. “Nigeria, China all over the United States that come and visit here and learn so much about the natural world and about science."

The exhibit will remain open at the Museum of Discovery until September 10th. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children.  More information can be found here.

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