SEX: A TELL-all Exhibition
A unique, award-winning, educational exhibition created by the Montréal Science Centre, SEX: A TELL-all EXHIBITION presents information on sexuality in a scientific, engaging and interactive manner. Opening at the Canada Science and Technology Museum on May 17 (until January 6, 2013), this exhibition is a rare opportunity for adolescents to get reliable answers to their questions about sexuality. The exhibition is also of interest to parents, high school teachers and health professionals who work with adolescents. This exhibition has been designed for youth older than 12 years, visitors under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or an adult. (Access to this exhibition will be controlled at all times by museum staff.)
The Montréal Science Centre, the creator of the exhibition, developed a Teacher's Guide, which includes in-class activities for before and after a field trip. Teachers are invited to involve students in a quiz-game either during their visit or back in the classroom. This quiz is designed to help them integrate the exhibition's content effectively and provide a more structured experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
It is an award-winning educational exhibition that answers the main questions young people have about sexuality. It imparts what science has to say on the topic, conveys a positive image of sexuality and, ultimately, helps young people hone their judgment skills so they can make responsible and informed decisions.
The exhibition was designed for adolescents 12 and older, parents seeking a better understanding of the subject in preparation for their children's questions, teachers of high school and their students, health care professionals, and anyone else who wishes to learn more. Due to the sensitive nature of the content, the Canada Science and Technology Museum has determined that visitors younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or an adult in order to view the exhibition.
The human body and sexuality are subjects of broad appeal and fundamental concern, especially for young people, an important audience for the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
A number of scientific fields are covered, such as biology, anatomy, physiology, psychology, public health, and sexology, to name a few. The exhibition explains the physiological and psychological manifestations of sexuality from a scientific standpoint, answering young people's most common concerns in frank but tactful language.
The Montréal Science Centre, the creators of this exhibition, formed a scientific committee made up of doctors, public health experts, science education specialists, and sexologists, who were responsible for validating the exhibition's content and presentation. A focus group of young people also took part in the development, commenting on different versions of the exhibition content. Finally, the Montréal Science Centre also consulted with parents in order to assess their expectations, needs, and concerns.
No. The exhibition informs visitors and helps them understand the issues surrounding sexuality so they can make enlightened and responsible decisions. The exhibition is designed to present information in a scientific, frank and accessible manner, an approach that the Canada Science and Technology Museum supports.
It is precisely because it is talked about so frequently that it should also be discussed in a place like the Canada Science and Technology Museum, because:
- the information young people get is not always accurate,
- the prevalence of sexuality puts a lot of pressure on young people,
- reliable and comprehensive sources of information are rare or little-known.
The exhibition deals with all of these subjects within the larger context.
The concepts related to sexuality dealt with in the exhibition can be covered in some school curriculums. Links can be found in a number of curricula including Health and Physical Education (grades 7 to 12), Science (grades 10 to 12) as well as in the Social Science and Humanities (grade 11 and 12). This exhibition can facilitate the work of teachers who can cover the topic of sexuality as part of a school field trip.
School group visits are planned by the teacher. The teacher can choose to visit, or not, any exhibition at the museum. This exhibition's entrance was designed to offer a welcome entrance that must be clearly chosen. No casual or accidental entries are anticipated. As such, if this exhibition is a part of the teacher's plan, it can be enjoyed fully by the group. If not, the group can enjoy some of the many other exhibitions at the museum.
The Montréal Science Centre, the creator of the exhibition, developed a Teacher's Guide which includes in-class activities for before and after the field trip. Teachers are welcome to enjoy these resources in planning their visit. Teachers are also invited to involve students in a quiz-game either during their visit or back in the classroom. This quiz is designed to help them integrate the exhibition's content effectively and provide a more structured experience.
The exhibition is recommended for visitors aged 12 and up. Visitors younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or an adult in order to view the exhibition. However, the Canada Science and Technology Museum offers a wide range of other exhibitions and activities that younger visitors will enjoy. In this way, parents can accompany a younger child, while their adolescent explores this exhibition.
Visitors younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or an adult in order to view the exhibition. Older teenagers may explore the exhibition individually or with friends, like all the other activities offered by the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Yes. The exhibition is completely appropriate for parents who wish to learn more about their visitor's concerns regarding sexuality, and it will put them in a better position to answer any questions their visitors might ask. In addition, because the exhibition presents sexuality in a very accessible manner, it may even answer questions they themselves have.
Yes. The exhibition is very accessible and comprehensive and has interesting facts and information for adult visitors with or without teenage visitors.