Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit

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    Created by The Magic House in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company, Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit is based on the popular PBS KIDS TV series which features a curious Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who travels through time to discover everything there is to know about dinosaurs. This new exhibit will transport kids back to the time of dinosaurs and encourage basic scientific learning through fun, hands-on activities.

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    Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit is made possible thanks to generous support from Bill and Sally Canfield the Graybar FoundationMonsanto FundPNC Foundation and Tim and Elizabeth Swank with support for educational programming provided by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing and PNC Foundation. Local media sponsorship provided by the Nine Network.

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    Harnessing children’s enthusiasm for and curiosity about dinosaurs, Dinosaur Train strives to educate and inspire kids of all ages about the wonders of the world, past and present, in an interactive environment.

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    Like the show, the exhibit explores the relationship between the animals of today and the animals that lived during the time of the dinosaurs.

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    Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit allows visitors to board the Dinosaur Train and travel back to the Age of the Dinosaurs – from 250 million to 65 million years ago.

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    Children learn that there are three time periods during the Age of Dinosaurs (Mesozoic Era – Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous) and that the Dinosaur Train travels to all three.

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    Elementary science vocabulary and science process skills are integrated into the exhibit. For example, children learn the characteristics of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and that the dinosaurs are classified into these groups.

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    Developmentally appropriate math concepts are incorporated into the exhibit with an emphasis on size and measurement. Dinosaurs different sizes allow children to use standard and non-standard measurement to further their understanding of the diversity of dinosaurs.

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    Encouraging children to get out into nature is a key theme. Visitors have the opportunity to become a member of the Nature Tracker Club.

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    Dinosaur facts from the TV show are presented as well as key vocabulary, terms and concepts are introduced throughout the exhibit.

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    Visitors interact with real and replica fossils and learn it is through fossils that scientists make discoveries about dinosaurs.