Do you want to know what it would be like to be a dinosaur? Journey back in time over 65 million years and Be the Dinosaur!
Discover the science of dinosaurs and their ecosystems as you walk in their footsteps, hunt, eat, hide and survive by using computer simulation and interactive exhibits, and “Be The Dinosaur: Life in the Crustaceous” opening September 28 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
Appropriate for students in Grades K-8, “Be the Dinosaur” an innovative traveling exhibition combines the excitement of inquiry-based learning with curriculum areas in science, math, art, language arts and history. Students also use skills in observing, analyzing, experimenting, drawing conclusions and communication results, by participating in “Be the Dinosaur” at AMSE through January 6, 2013. All exhibit components are scientifically accurate and based on a well-studied fossil formation in Western North America.
Both traditional and interactive elements provide visitor experiences as the exhibit highlights the most current data on dinosaur biology, behavior, food sources and ecology. In “Be the Dinosaur,” visitors approach the Volcano Gateway and Pterosaur life reconstruction, while moving to the Field Station to find out “How we know what we know” as the life-sized fossil casts of the skulls of Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops prorsus help set the stage for “Be the Dinosaur.”
Throughout “Be the Dinosaur,” visitors explore many of the mysteries concerning how dinosaurs may have lived their lives as 12 major areas of the science of dinosaurs and their ecosystems are linked. Among the questions posed in the exhibit are Do I hunt alone or in packs? How do I behave in groups? How do I find plants to eat? What does this world around me offer? Do I live alone or in groups? How do I use my senses? How do I stay healthy?
Take control of the digital dinosaur in audio-visual simulator pods. The artificially intelligent dinosaurs roam across the realistic terrain. They have simulated muscle and digestive systems. Virtual winds carry digital odors, while plants grow and have accurate nutritional value. The easy-to-use controls allow visitors to manipulate the virtual dinosaur’s limbs, head, neck, jaw and even nostrils. Different settings provide access for young visitors and an “expert” setting to satisfy the most tech-savvy users.
Extend the dinosaur experience at the museum’s Discovery Shop, where visitors can purchase dig a dinosaur kits, dinosaur 3-D books, dinosaur globes, and natural history activity books to take home. The Discovery Shop is open from 10:30 am – 4:45 pm Monday through Saturday and 1:00 – 4:45 pm on Sunday.
The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. AMSE admission is Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students (6 – 17) $3 and Children (5 and under) no charge. AMSE members are free. Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. AMSE memberships, good for 12 months from purchase date, are Family $40, Grandparents $35, Individuals $25 and Family & Friends $75. Members receive unlimited AMSE visits and free admission to 250 museums that participate in the ASTC Passport Program. AMSE members get discounts on Discovery Shop merchandise, discounts on classes, workshops, programs, camps and birthday parties. For more information on AMSE memberships, exhibits, programs and events, go to www.amse.org To schedule an group visit, call AMSE at (865) 576-3200.