Dinosaurs in the Classroom
I have named this campaign "Bringing Dinosaurs to the Classroom". It will involve the creation of a 3D sculpted, 3D printed Velociraptor skeleton at 1 to 1 scale, as well as bones, arms, legs, and skulls of larger and smaller species of dinosaurs. Once the "master" bones are 3D printed, they will be used to create molds from which resin replicas will be cast. From there, the casts will be painted and mounted in different poses. The masters will then be catalogued and stored (much like real dinosaur bones) until they are needed to create new molds.
All of the preparation and creation of the skeletons will lead up to interactive, tactile educational programs for schools everywhere. One of the biggest points I would like to push with these skeletons is that I want children (and adults) to be able to touch them. For a child, tactile contact is one of the strongest ways to connect with something, and I want children to be able to experience that connection with dinosaurs. This won't be like your standard museum experience. Children and adults alike will be able to touch and handle the dinosaur replica bones and skeletons.
There will also be an online store where schools and other educational facilities can rent or purchase replicas of skulls, bones, claws, and full skeletons at varying scales. Each rental or purchase will come with a small information book, as well as lesson plans and ideas for different grade levels. Each purchased skeleton will be made to order and can be posed however the client would like. The rentals will have several set poses from which clients can choose.
The ultimate goal of this project is to inspire children and adults, alike by bringing world class, scientifically accurate fossil replicas and educational programs to everyone, not just those who can afford field trips to big museums. "Everyone has the right to enjoy these animals" -Richard Attenborough in "Jurassic Park".
Please donate today, and help me create such immersive, educational elements and programs! Here’s to inspiring new generations of scientists and artists of all kinds! Thank you.
Here's a little preview of how one of the mounts will be set up with a pair of nesting velociraptors!