Cub Scouts Visit Ancient Eras in Geologic Time Machine
As part of Earth Science Week (October 8th-14th), Carol Reiss guided Cub Scouts through a
Geologic Time Machine at the Marine Facility in Redwood City, California. With the help of an
echo mike, the scouts were encouraged to use their imaginations as they walked backwards into a
dark hall, simulating travel back millions of years into the Earth's history. From there they
visited three areasthe Paleozoic Room, the Mesozoic Room, and the Cenozoic Roomin which they
excavated and examined fossils illustrating the evolution of life.
Cub Scouts display the saber-toothed cat skull they just "excavated" as part of an Earth
Science Week activity entitled "The Geologic Time Machine."
The biggest hit was the Mesozoic
Room, where hadrosaur fossils borrowed from USGS paleontologists were buried beneath popcorn in a
simulated dig set up on a large table. Colored yarn delineated a grid that the kids used to plot
the location of fossils they dug out of the popcorn. An enlarged illustration of a dinosaur skeleton
helped the kids figure out what body parts each fossil represented, and additional fossils helped
them determine what foods their dinosaur may have eaten.
In the Cenozoic Room, the kids excavated
a saber-toothed cat skull and crawled through a cardboard cave to see mammoth drawings on the walls.
The time tour, which lasted just less than an hour, was very popular.
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Delmarva Coastal BaysHoverprobe
St. Pete Open House
JC Students Visit St. Pete
Teachers Learn About Rocks
Chesapeake BayDartmouth College
Leadership in Scientific Research
British Antarctic Survey
FWS, USGS Honored for Restoring Refuge
Student Achievement Awards
ECO Photo Contest
ESRI 2000 Conference
Expert Witnesses at Environmental Trial
Two Long-Time Geologists Retire
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