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Fueled by their innate drive to “win” at being a dinosaur, kids are motivated to engage in a scavenger hunt to acquire information within the exhibit and then apply it in the game.

This reinforces a cyclical flow of learning, between the physical exhibit and the interactive simulation.

A scientific scavenger hunt

 
 
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the world around me

defines an ecosystem and discusses the role of plants and animals in balancing the environment.

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do I live alone or in groups?

explores whether dinosaurs were solitary or social animals. What are the benefits and drawbacks to these lifestyles and how would that affect an animal’s behavior?

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how do I use my senses?

How do an animal’s senses affect behavior? How we can determine the capabilities of an animal from fossil evidence?

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how do I find food?

Was T. rex a hunter, a scavenger or both? Experience the evidence for and against as well as the benefits and risks. Visitors try out these behaviors and form their own opinions on the subject.

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how do I stay healthy?

explores illness and injury in the fossil record, strategies for staying healthy and safe in the virtual Cretaceous simulation.

do I hunt alone or in packs?

Were tyrannosaurs solitary or social animals? Explore the evidence for and pros/cons of each lifestyle in the simulation and form your own opinion.

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how do I behave in groups?

explores social interaction between animals of the same species.

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how do I find plants to eat?

The basics of nutrition and digestion, plant species, their roles in the ecosystem, and their modern relatives.

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creatures that share their world

provides an overview of the other animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insects and amphibians) that lived in the Late Cretaceous.

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T. rex and the lives of carnivores

discusses Tyrannosaurus rex as an example of a carnivorous animal, including what its anatomy suggests about possible behavior.

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do i defend myself?

explores what the anatomy of an animal suggests about how it might have protected itself. Explores “fight or flight”, the ways in which an animal might defend itself.

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the lives of herbivores

A look at triceratops and edmontosaurus, the most numerous herbivores of the time, as examples of plant eating animals. Discusses what their anatomy suggests about possible behavior.

 
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