January 22 – May 1, 2022

Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering

When cutting-edge science and engineering join forces to assist the human body, the possibilities for improving day-to-day lives are endless. Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering will open at Museum of the Rockies (MOR) on January 22.

The exhibition offers visitors of all ages the chance to explore and create low- and high-tech tools that extend the human body's abilities. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering showcases compelling stories from a unique field of engineering that helps people carry out their day-to-day routines and helps them realize lifelong dreams.

"It is no longer a conversation about overcoming deficiency. It's a conversation about potential." – Aimee Mullins, Paralympic champion, actor, model, inspirational speaker, and double amputee.

Every Body Plays
Throughout the exhibit, visitors will experience a broad range of ability-enhancing tools. Ride a simulated downhill mono-ski course; use a wheelchair to control a DJ station; touch a panel that translates music into vibrations; use a hands-free computer mouse controlled through slight head movements, and experience a neuroprosthetic limb that a person's thoughts can control. Visitors may re-design themselves in a full-body simulation and test body enhancement technologies that supersize their strength, showcasing the new horizon of engineering that was once science fiction.

Ask, Imagine, Create
The engineering process always begins by asking the user what they want to achieve. The exhibition poses design challenges such as "can you make a tool to help a wheelchair user feed a pet? Or a tool that helps the visually impaired detect hard-to-detect obstacles? How about a canoe that someone can paddle without using arms?" After viewing some of the unique technology developed by engineers, visitors will be able to put their engineering skills to the test as they build and try out their inventions.

From busy moms to engineers, adventurers to dance performers, people who use these new technologies and the innovators themselves share their stories through videos and the real-life tools they use every day. Whether caring for children or reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, these stories will captivate MOR visitors and engage them in the process of discovery and possibilities. 

Museum members will have the opportunity to preview Human Plus on January 21 from 5 – 6:30 pm before the exhibition opens to the public on January 22 at 9:30 am. The exhibit is included with admission and will be on display through May 1, 2022. Learn more and plan your visit at museumoftherockies.org.

This exhibit was created by the New York Hall of Science in partnership with OMSI and the Quality of Life Technology Center with funding from the National Science Foundation.