Human Plus Real Lives + Real Engineering exhibit comes to the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum

Posted On Tuesday September 01, 2020

When cutting edge science and engineering join forces to assist the human body, the possibilities for improving day-to-day lives are endless! Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering opens at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum on September 25, 2020. Timed tickets will be available soon on Eventbrite and can be purchased through the museum website.

“This new exhibition invites our visitors to explore the dynamic, creative, user-focused engineering processes that help improve people’s lives”, said James Jensen, Supervisor of Collections and Exhibits for Region of Waterloo Museums.

Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering offers guests of all ages the chance to explore and create a range of tools that extend the abilities of the human body. The exhibit showcases compelling stories from a unique field of engineering that not only helps people carry out their day-to-day routines, but also helps them realize lifelong dreams.

“It is no longer a conversation about overcoming deficiency, it’s a conversation about potential”,” said Aimee Mullins, Paralympic champion, actor, model, inspirational speaker and double amputee.

The exhibition runs September 25, 2020 to January 3, 2021 and was created by the New York Hall of Science in partnership with OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and the Quality of Life Technology Center with funding from the National Science Foundation. The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is located at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener, Ontario. For more information call 519-748-1914 or visit .        


Every Body Plays

Guests can even re-design themselves in a full body simulation and test body enhancement technologies that supersize their strength, showcasing the new horizon of engineering that was once the stuff of science fiction.

Ask, Imagine, Create

The engineering process always begins by asking the user what he or she wants to achieve. The exhibition poses design challenges from real-life users, such as “can you make a tool to help a wheelchair user feed a pet? Or a tool that helps the visually impaired detect hard-to-detect obstacles? How about a canoe that someone can paddle without using arms?” After viewing some of the amazing technology developed by today’s engineers, guests will be able to put their own engineering skills to the test as they build and try out their own inventions.

Compelling Stories and Videos

From busy moms to engineers, adventurers to dance performers; people who use these new technologies – as well as the innovators themselves – share their stories through videos as well as the real life tools they use every day. Whether about caring for three children, or reaching the summit of Mt. Everest; these stories captivate listeners.