Earth Science Lab: Tools of the Paleontologist

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Paleontology
Availability
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am and 11:15am
Groups of 6-16 students
Cost
$70 Per Session
This program must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
Grade Level(s)
6th — 12th
Season
Year-Round
Duration
1 hr
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T-rex fossils

Discover how paleontologists try to solve the mystery of long-dead creatures and what counts as scientific evidence. The tools discussed include testable hypotheses, models, computer imaging and hand tools. Students help clean a real 65-million year-old Triceratops and other fossils using professional tools and techniques.

This program takes place in the Paleontology and Watershed Labs in the Earth Science Exhibit Hall. Combine this program with a field trip to the museum.

A minimum of 2 weeks' advance notice is required for all registration requests. If you have questions, please contact us at 503.797.4661 or register@omsi.edu.

Standards Addressed Scientific Inquiry:
6.3S.2
Organize and display relevant data, construct an evidence-based explanation of the results of an investigation, and communicate the conclusions.
7.3S.1
Based on observations and science principles, propose questions or hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigation. Design and conduct a scientific investigation that uses appropriate tools and techniques to collect relevant data.
8.3S.1
Based on observations and science principles, propose questions or hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigation. Design and conduct a scientific investigation that uses appropriate tools, techniques, independent and dependent variables, and controls to collect relevant data.
8.3S.3
Explain how scientific explanations and theories evolve as new information becomes available.
H.3S.1
Based on observations and science principles, formulate a question or hypothesis that can be investigated through the collection and analysis of relevant information.