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Awaiting visitors were sweet lemons, pink-wigged travel agents promising trips across the solar system, and blindfolded ‘dates’ with a few of their fellow campers. — At the Mysteryland USA arts, music and culture festival, on the grounds of the original 1969 Woodstock concert, a new generation prepared to take a different kind of trip.“Science is often presented as something that is ‘other,’ that it is for only certain types of people,” says Olivia Koski, operations director for Guerilla Science. Human beings are scientists from birth, in the sense that we all have a curiosity to explore the world around us and learn from our experiences.” Koski and her colleagues at Guerilla Science have been experimenting with this concept in the U. Past events have included “The Science of Disco,” which provided insight into how our brains behave when we dance, and “The Fire Organ,” featuring a huge, unorthodox pipe organ that uses flames to reveal the shapes of sound waves.At Mysteryland, participants could play the Fire Organ and participate in the “Flavor Feast,” a series of taste-based experiments designed to disrupt expectations about certain foods.Also present was the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, a futuristic ‘travel agency’ selling people on the virtues — and dangers — of trips to the moon, Mars and beyond.
But for Guerilla Science, an organization based in New York City and London that seeks to bring exciting and accessible science experiences to unexpected places, this festival was an opportunity to engage with audiences not traditionally thought of as the ‘science museum’ type. Last year, they received a three-year grant from the Simons Foundation to bring this approach to diverse audiences in the United States.
Daters sat blindfolded opposite fellow participants. Typical first-date questions — where did you grow up, or what do you do for work — were absent. After participants finished smelling each other, Agnew explained the difference between two odor compounds the body makes.