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Kelly and Laila show off their water workshop bling including bracelets and water molecule hats. Carol and Ann work on diagraming the water cycle.
Pam Stryker reviews the water cycle using beads to represent the different steps. Water cycle bracelet.
Recording their pathway through the water cycle using stamps works well for younger students. Reusing 2 or 3 liter bottles into a model of the water cycle.
One of the plant growth chambers created at a NASA workshop. Dr. Pamela Owen, Senior Paleontology Educator, discusses paleontology during a visit to the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab (VPL) at The University of Texas at Austin.
Robert Rainey, Chief Preparator at the VPL discusses his work. Some of the tools used in fossil cleaning and preparation.
Part science, part art, preparing fossil casts for display involves painstaking attention to detail. Skull being reconstructed at the VPL. The marbles in the eyesockets are large, "shooter" marbles and give a sense of scale.
Skull reconstruction in progress viewed from the front. This is a clay and fiberglass version from which a mold will be created. The mold will then be used to create casts for display and research. Laura Naski, Paleontology Educator, shares how smaller fossils are cataloged and stored.
A visit to the basement of the VPL reveals how larger fossils are stored. Dr. Pamela Ownen, discusses some of the fossils in the collection.
A closer view of mammoth teeth reveal how new teeth form behind the older ones which are eventually pushed out. Andrea Helgre, Elgin ISD makes a new friend at the VPL.
Some of the tools a paleontologist uses in the field. One of the many fossils found at the Texas Natural Science Center, many teachers this one might have inspired a creature seen in the movie Star Wars.