Chicago Resident Will Become Chicago Museum Resident For 30 Days

October 06, 2010

And the winner is . . . a Chicago resident!

Kate McGroarty has been chosen by online voters as the winner of the Museum of Science and Industry’s Month at the Museum contest.

McGroarty, 24, a theater artist who lives in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, will move in to the Hyde Park museum on October 20 and will live there continuously until November 18.

MSI winner

Kate's flask bubbled and oozed signifying that she was the winner of the Museum of Science and Industry's Month at the Museum contest.

Close to 1,500 entered the contest to live in the museum for 30 days, and out of that came five finalists. Those five came to the museum today to find out who won.

Each finalist was given a flask and a test tube of sodium iodide to perform a favorite experiment at MSI called “Elephant’s Toothpaste.” Four of the flasks contained water, but the winner’s held hydrogen peroxide.

After a countdown, the finalists poured their test tubes of sodium iodide into their individual flasks. Only Kate McGroaty’s concoction oozed into a bubbly pillar of orange foam signaling her to be the winner.

McGroarty was born in Minnesota but graduated from Evanston’s Northwestern University in 2008. She is a writer, director, teacher and performer who likes to invent new games and bike along Chicago’s lakefront trail in her spare time.

As part of her responsibilities as winner, McGroarty will be expected to interact with museum visitors and update online visitors about her experience.

And, when she’s done being a museum resident, McGroarty will get to take $10,000 back to her real Chicago home.

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