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HNW students weigh in on new Franklin Institute exhibit
January 18, 2023

The Franklin Institute invited two Healthy NewsWorks teams to offer input for a new exhibit on the human body that is expected to open in 2024.

The reporters for the DePaul Healthy Trailblazer Journal and the William Cramp Fit Flyer had a blast, according to the principals at the two schools. They had a chance to view posters with concepts for exhibits. They ranked them based on how relevant they felt each topic was. The Franklin Institute staff then asked the reporters to express how they felt about different topics.

David, a DePaul eighth-grade reporter, said the session with The Franklin Institute was exciting. “The people seemed very interested about what we wanted to learn and what we already knew,” he wrote. “I was very interested in the injuries in sports and how the body reacts to them.”

The DePaul reporters said they not only gave feedback, but also learned a few things.

“I learned that there is no such thing as a perfect body,” Ariyanna wrote. “What I would like to see is an [exhibit] dedicated to health of teenagers.”

“I liked how they talked about each category of mental health,” Nyomi wrote. “I learned that sometimes we can’t control how our body reacts.”

To mark its 200th anniversary in 2024, The Franklin Institute is redesigning its exhibit galleries to “reflect a modern, interdisciplinary, and participatory approach to science,” according to Jayatri Das, chief bioscientist and director of science content. The human body will be one of six new exhibit galleries.

In addition to the Healthy NewsWorks reporters, The Franklin Institute has been receiving input from a wide variety of community members.

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