• Closed all day Dec. 4, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1.

If a Starfish Can Grow a New Arm, Why Can't I?

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The exhibit is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.


Want to try some hands-on activities about the science behind tissue engineering?
Click one of these buttons to download a printable PDF activity!

Build a Bone!

This activity relates to the Natural World section of the exhibit and challenges you to build a structure, with limited materials, that can support a certain amount of weight or pressure, just like your bones are designed to do.

I've Got Termites?!

This activity, from the Science of Tissue Engineering section of the exhibit, uses insects to represent the behavior of the immune system in the body.

I'm an Ethicist!

This activity puts you in role-playing situations where you explore the ethical issues that surround tissue engineering. For this activity, go to PTEI.org, and click on the "If a Starfish Can Grow a New Arm, Why Can't I?" link under Additional Resources.

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