There’s a new exhibit at The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas. A kid-friendly version of a CHI St. Joseph’s air medical helicopter has a blinking cockpit and gear to give small visitors a glimpse into what it might be like as a flight nurse or pilot.
CHI St. Joseph’s trauma unit uses a PHI Bell 407 with, N-number N429PH. The helicopter and operations are referred to as Air Med 12. The museum exhibit bears the same number and pays homage to the call sign.
Paramedic Nathan Collins with CHI St. Joseph's Bell 407. Photo courtesy of CHI St. Joseph via Facebook
"Kids love to role play. As they're playing here in the museum, we want them to think, 'Is this something I'd like to do when I grow up?' said the museum’s marketing director, Ashley Kortis, as reported by KBTX-TV
. “We want to stress here in the museum that the possibilities are endless and the sky is the limit."
The exhibit includes helmets, vests, buttons and a joystick — as well as space for a handful of interested kids to explore the “cockpit” and “fuselage."
Play Aggieland, the exhibit that hosts the helicopter, is a new addition to the museum. According to the museum’s website, it helps the museum ahieve its goal of serving “as a site for school readiness by promoting early childhood education and parental involvement in learning and play.”
Play Aggieland, the website continues, is to host monthly programs that help children strengthen their motor and cognitive skills and have an overall focus on creativity, science, math and problem solving.