Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Keeping Kids Attention for Dummies

So how do you keep the attention of 40 kids that are all stuffed in a room at a public library? The answer is simple, you don't. That is, unless your name happens to be Dale Gnidovec. One our very own (Dale) recently managed to keep the attention of around 40 kids ranging from 6 to 12 by talking about every kids favorite thing, Dinosaurs. Dale gives many talks during the year about multiple subjects to a large range of audiences; he has both talks aimed towards kids and talks that adults will understand. He gives these talks all around Ohio and he is based out of The Ohio State University.
The talk that I attended had 53 attendees (with about 40 kids and their parents). Dale talked about the different types of dinosaurs and passed things around for the kids to look at. He also has a variety of posters to help them understand the difference in size. He showed a modern human vertebra and a much larger elephant vertebra to the colossal size of the Diplodocid vertebra (about 1:5:20 ratio in size difference). This talk lasted about 45 minutes and he kept the attention (of most) of the kids for the entire time. All seemed to enjoy (both kids and parents) and all learned a thing or two about fossils.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Supplies and Food

400 lbs of Plaster of Paris:
200 yards of Burlap:
Shovels and other digging tools:
Spam, Goldstar chili, and other food stuffs:

Friday we will be loading up the truck and trailer with the supplies for our Saturday morning departure. We are planning on heading out to Iowa to the first night and then to the Bad Lands of South Dakota for night 2. The plan is to be at the site by the end of the 4th or early on the 5th.