About the Biochemistry Discovery Lab
Pfizer Foundation Biochemistry Discovery Lab at the New York Hall
of Science welcomes visitors to explore even more hands-on fun!
The Biochem Lab, built with a $250,000 donation from the Pfizer
Foundation, is the first hands-on lab in the world that is open
to the public and devoted entirely to biochemistry, the chemistry
of living things. A family or small group is able to gather around
one of the tables in the lab and use materials and pictorial instructions
to do an experiment. There are 12 different experiments best suited
for ages 8 and up, but younger children are welcome to try them,
too. Visitors will discover that moleculesthose bits of things
too small to seeare the stars of the show.
to accompany the Marvelous Molecules exhibition, the Biochem Lab
gives participants an opportunity to explore molecules of living
things through experimentation. "This lab space is designed
to introduce our visitors, especially children, to do what scientists
do—science experiments. In the exhibition they are introduced
to molecules in living things and in the lab they can do an experiment.
I think this is a very exciting combination," said Martin Weiss,
Ph.D., director of science at the Hall.
The new Biochem Lab answers questions such as
where flower colors come from, how antacids work, how cheese is
made and how bees communicate. By extracting the colored molecules
from flower petals, visitors can find out why roses are red and
violets are blue. Crush up an antacid tablet and find out how the
molecules in antacids relieve heartburn. Make cheese and find out
about the molecules that help make it. Children and adults alike
will have fun while they learn and experiment.
into the new Biochem Lab to measure, mix and mash to find the answers
to these and other questions. "The Biochem Lab is hands-on,
fun and exciting, but it also takes a giant step in educating the
public about science and medicine," said Rick Luftglass, director,
U.S. Philanthropy, Pfizer Inc.
The Pfizer Foundation Biochemistry Discovery
Lab is funded by: Pfizer Foundation; National Science Foundation;
Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and The Camille and Henry Dreyfus
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