Science Alberta Foundation

Science Alberta Foundation

May 25, 2005 09:30 ET

Science Alberta Foundation Takes Kids on a Prehistoric Journey with Jr. Palaeontologist

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - May 25, 2005) - What would it be like to spend a day digging for dinosaur bones or tracing time back to the days when larger-than-life lizards roamed Earth? Science Alberta Foundation collaborated with the Royal Tyrrell Museum and teachers and students from across Alberta to produce its newest Science-In-A-Crate called Jr. Palaeontologist. This crate will be launched on May 26, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. in the ATCO Tyrrell Learning Centre at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Jr. Palaeontologist was developed as a hands- and minds- on activity program that is linked to Alberta Education curriculum. The seven activities in the crate are based on a storyline that encourages children to be creative while using their problem-solving and observation skills. Some of the crate's activities include excavating a fossil dig site, creating a cast of a prehistoric life form, and building a life-size dinosaur skeleton.

"The 34 students of Ms. Devitt's and Ms. Gomes' kindergarten class from Beddington Heights School were key to the creation of our palaeontologist - including his curly brown hair, long legs, and pointy nose. They also contributed Digger the dog and the Queen's visit to the development of the storyline. We just would not have done it without them," said Christine Leach, Manager of Learning Projects. "Collaborating with the Royal Tyrrell Museum was fantastic, as they provided the scientific expertise that ensured we produced a top-quality learning program. They also contributed real supplies, including actual dinosaur fossils, for the crate."

Science Alberta Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to promoting science and technology awareness in Alberta. In 2005, Science Alberta Foundation is celebrating its 15th anniversary of providing Alberta's urban and rural communities with exciting ways to explore science and technology.

Contact Information

  • Science Alberta Foundation
    Heather Hudak
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    (403) 220-0077 ext 233
    Email: heatherh@sciencealberta.org