Dinosaurs in the Classroom

$1,300 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 36 months
Hi and welcome to my gofundme campaign! As a paleoartist, I have a unique combination of skill sets and knowledge bases from both science and art that I would like to share with the world!

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.
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Hi Folks! As we get more money donated to the campaign, we are getting closer to starting printing of our first "master" skeleton! This master will be used to mold and cast the resin copies that will go to schools and other educational facilities. We're still a long way off from getting to our goal, but I know with your help we can get there. Even if you can only afford one dollar, it all counts towards the overall goal! Please share with all of your friends! Thank you for your support!

Here's a little preview of how one of the mounts will be set up with a pair of nesting velociraptors!
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Hi folks! It's been a little bit since we last updated, but here we go! This is a progress update on where we are with the 3D skeleon so far. It's coming along very well, and we're really looking forward to producing the first full 3D test print! Thank you all for your support! Keep checking back for more updates!
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Here's the first concept sketch of one of the poses we're looking at creating for the project. It will measure 20 inches high at the hip and just under 6 feet in length! Things are slowly starting to come together! Thank you again for our current donors, and thank you in advance for our future ones!
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Hi all! I'm very excited to share some another update with you! This is the initial design for the cover of the Velociraptor Skull information book that will come with every skull sold. We will be providing inside looks at the development of the entire program from the ground up, so make sure to follow us! Thanks!
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$1,300 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 36 months
Created March 6, 2015
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April Dale
34 months ago

Too cool!

$50
Anonymous
34 months ago
$100
Nick Garland
35 months ago

Amazing work!

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Brian & Lindsay Anderson
35 months ago

Well of COURSE we're going to support your love of dinosaurs!

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36 months ago
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Frank Braski
36 months ago

I want one for my April 2nd launch of ColumbusMAKESit.com! I can print hot or cold materials now, and can print in bone-like material!

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