Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Manitoba Schools Science Symposium

The Manitoba Schools Science Symposium (MSSS) is one of the many opportunities the CFDC has to promote fossils and paleontology within the province of Manitoba.
On Friday April 27 I will be providing a session entitled Fantastic Fossils for the Friday Activities portion of the MSSS. We'll be exploring fossils and how they're formed including a fossilization activity where students create a miniature environment and include sugar cubes as the remains from an organism. We conduct an experiment to see what really happens to the remains.
The CFDC will also be participating in the Special Awards portion of the MSSS on Sunday April 29. We will be judging projects in all levels for the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre Earth Science Award. Projects selected will exhibit innovative research relating to the field of Earth Science.
Recipients of the award will receive a plaque and an invitation to join me, the CFDC's curator on a personal excavation to one of our dig sites.
Good Luck to everyone and hope to see you there!

Spring's Here, Right?

So I know it's been way over a month since my last blog and its horrible of me, but wait until you hear what we've been up to.

Summer grant applications have been submitted for summer staff to include Youth Program Co-ordinators, Interpretive Guides and a Field Technician. The summer staff will be responsible for the public programs.

In 2007 we will have 3 youth programs, Dino Day Camp, Paleo Pop-in and Mad Science. We're very excited about the new programs and hope it will encourage students to take part in science.

Summer staff will also provide tours for the general public both at the museum and at the dig sites. We're offering both 2 & 1 Day Excursions, Paleo Tours (1/2 day family digs) and School Digs.

So after filling out all the applications, the sun began to shine and the temperature was getting warmer. I even switched to sandals. It was great. I was so excited for the field season, I mean it's less than a month away. We started to prep the van and did an inventory our field supplies. But this last week seemed to be in reverse. We had snow and below 20 degrees Celsius.

Let's hope after Easter things will be brighter and warmer. I'll keep you posted on how the sites fared after the winter.