Teachers can take Jurassic Park to the classroom

HAYS, KS -- Teachers across Kansas have been invited to one of three "Science in the (Jurassic) Park" workshops scheduled for January at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

The workshops, offered through the Fort Hays Educational Development Center, are part of the preparation for Jurassic Park: The Life and Death of Dinosaurs exhibit that will be in the Sternberg Museum from Feb. 2 to May 5, 2002.

Each of the workshops is aimed at teachers of specific grade levels -- K-4, 5-7 and 8-12 -- and each workshop will be offered twice, once on a Friday and once on a Saturday, in order to accommodate teachers' schedules.

Cami Liggett, educator for the Sternberg Museum, will present the workshops, which are based on state science assessment exams.

"The workshops look at using the Jurassic Park movies as a springboard for teaching the content specified for each level," said Liggett. "For example, K-4 teachers include looking at life cycles and environmental needs of the dinosaurs and changes in Earth's surface."

For grade levels 5-7, she said, the factors include adaptation and extinction of animals such as dinosaurs and the effects of forces such as mountain building.

"Eight-12 teachers include the geologic time scale, plate tectonics and evolution theory -- very big-picture things for which the dinosaurs, as the longest-dominant land vertebrates ever, provide excellent illustrations of interrelatedness," she said.

Cost for each of the one-day workshops is $15, which includes refreshments and workshop materials but not lunch. Starting time is 8:30 a.m. Workshops end at 3:30 p.m. Registration is through FHEDC, (785) 628-4382. Registration is also available online at www.fhedc.org.

The workshop for teachers of grades K-4, and for informal science educators, will be on Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, and again on Saturday, Jan. 12. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 4.

For grades 5-7, the workshop is Friday, Jan. 18, and again on Saturday, Jan. 19. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 11.

The workshop for teachers of grades 8-12 will be on Friday, Jan. 25, and again on Saturday, Jan. 26. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 18.

Teachers who also wish to schedule a class visit to the Jurassic Park exhibit can reserve tickets by calling 1-877-332-1165.

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