This is a new 1,000-square-foot, hands-on traveling science exhibition that explores the subjects of natural selection and human health. It will engage middle and high-school students, educators and the general public in inquiry-based learning on the role of evolution and natural selection in explanations of health, illness, prevention and treatment. In addition, teacher development programs and online activities focusing on health issues — seen from an evolutionary perspective — are being developed by NYSCI Education staff and shared along with the exhibition on its national tour. The project will address the relationship between health and natural selection. While many museums hold exhibitions on health, this will be one of only two to take an evolutionary perspective, and the only one to explore the relationship between health and natural selection.
Ultimately, Our Evolution — Our Health provides a national model for conveying an evolutionary understanding of health, which will be increasingly central to research and public understanding in the coming years. "Our Evolution — Our Health will increase visitors´ comprehension of their own health issues by fostering a better understanding of evolution and natural selection. The project seeks to determine whether employing the perspective of natural selection can lead to a deeper understanding of human health.
Our Evolution — Our Health was developed in partnership with the University of Michigan, the Miami Science Museum, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, and a broad group of Science and Museum Advisors. Funding for the development of Our Evolution — Our Health is provided by the National Institutes of Health.