Science & Technology: Developing students’ skills in thinking, investigating and problem solving. Investigating through planning, conducting, processing and evaluating. Conceptual Strands - Life and Living. Visual/Creative Arts.
With lashings of humour, loads of audience participation and huge scale models, Dinosaur Science is designed to ‘wow’ even the most cynical students and unearth their inner palaeontologist.
Meet one of the smallest dinosaurs, Microceratus. He might be small, but in the process of discovering that he lived in the woodlands of central Asia and he’s a very distant relative of triceratops, he lets students know that he doesn’t think of himself as tiny and doesn’t like being called micro.
After this hilarious segment, our budding palaeontologist sets about assembling the bones of two huge pre-historic creatures. A problem arises almost immediately when teachers won’t let him drill holes in the floor to support the structure. Luckily he’s brought his portable dinosaur support structure and with heaps of eager volunteers, a two metre high, five metre long, plesiosaurus is brought to life. She is very keen to tell of her life in the ocean all those years ago, until, she discovers that not all the assembled bones are hers. She is not impressed. Her neck and tail are from two different species of plesiosaur and she’s been given the body of a land dwelling dinosaur. As the plesiosaur is dismantled our palaeontologist assures us he has done this on purpose to explain how in most instances only partial skeletons are found and in trying to create a whole skeleton scientists haven’t always got it right with their first attempt.
To bring the ancient brachiosaurus to life, colourful flesh is stretched over her long neck, head and tail. Now this brachiosaurus, with its moveable legs, neck, tail, head and mouth, held by a myriad of volunteers, is ready to take its first tentative steps. When the head and long neck of one of its friends appears it becomes obvious that brachiosaurus travelled in herds. As big as these two are, they are only babies. To appreciate how big these herbivores grew, a teacher is invited up to hold aloft the huge head of a fully grown brachiosaurus.
Throughout the show, problems are solved and assumptions are made, some are dismissed while others are shown to be plausible, even probable.
All students loved the dinosaur incursion. All the information presented to the students was exciting and appropriate. I would recommend this incursion to anyone.
Jessica Prowse. K to Year 6. St Mary's School. Merredin. WA. 3/08/2017.
Show was very insightful. Very entertaining likedd how engaging it was and that many students could participate. It ws also very educational, students learnt heaps about dinasours.
Janine Dayman. Years 1 to 10. Bruce Rock District High School. Bruce Rock. WA. 31/07/2017.
Excellent. Kept students engaged. Used humour effectivley. Excellent voice projection. Interesting topic with facts about dinosaurs.
Denise Millard. K to Year 6. Herne Hill Primary School. Herne Hill. WA. 8/08/2016.
Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $.50 GST).
Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.
Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.
Times: Show: 55 minutes. Set up: 60 minutes. Pack up: 50 minutes.
Requires an indoor performing area 4m deep x 5m wide x 2.8m high.