Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) will feature the MEGA
Body inflatable walk-through exhibit at the California International Airshow
Salinas. The MEGA Body is a larger than life, interactive, education model
of the human body designed to teach people about the risks, symptoms and
causes of many diseases. The exhibit will be featured inside the Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Tent on Saturday and Sunday.
“We are proud to introduce the MEGA Body exhibit at this year’s
Airshow,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial
Healthcare System. “Our hope is that this exhibit will not just
teach children about the human body and healthy living but also get them
thinking about a career in the medical field.”
Approximately 600 students from elementary schools in East Salinas, Gonzales,
San Ardo, Soledad, Santa Cruz and San Benito County will be taking tours
of the STEM Tent and the MEGA Body exhibit. The Mega Body is 50 feet long,
15 feet wide and 12 feet high. Students will enter the MEGA Body mouth
and hear presentations, which include information on the skin, brain,
mouth, heart, lungs and digestive system.
“I’m looking forward to volunteering at the MEGA Body exhibit,”
says Yuji Saito, MD, PhD, a Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Salinas Valley
Medical Clinic Central Coast Cardiology. “This is a great opportunity
for physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff to reach out to the community
and share their knowledge with children and adults. We’ll explain
the function of organs in a fun and interactive manner.”
Other exhibits featured in the STEM Tent include a Portable Planetarium,
a NASA exhibit, an Automotive & Diesel exhibit, a Robotics and Rocketry
exhibit and a real time Flight Simulator. The goal of the STEM Tent is
to get the children thinking about careers in science, technology, engineering
and math. The tours take place Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:00 am
and ending at noon. Following the STEM activities, students will enjoy
lunch and the airshow.
The STEM Tent started four years ago with 150 students participating;
that number doubled the following year, and doubled again the year after.
The STEM Tent is located on the Helicopter pad near Jet West at the Salinas
Municipal Airport. Anyone attending the airshow can take a free tour of
the MEGA Body exhibit and see the other exhibits featured in the STEM
Tent. The STEM Tent is sponsored by several local companies including
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.