Coming to Life (SuperScience)
What does it take to create realistic exhibits like the ones featured in Night at the Museum? Meet the exhibition project manager who's in change of the Museum's dioramas.
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This online article is from the Museum's Science Explorations, a collaboration between AMNH and Scholastic designed to promote science literacy. Written for students in grades 6-10, this article from Science World magazine has the following content.
- An in-depth look at how Stephen Quinn, who is in charge of dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History, worked with scientists to create the realistic-looking scenes in the Hall of Human Origins
- A four-step overview of how dioramas are made
- A "What's this?" challenge, in which students try to identify what kind of bones are modeled in a photograph
Less than 1 period
Supplement a study of anthropology with an activity drawn from this online Science Explorations article.
- Ask students: Did anyone see the movie Night at the Museuem? What is a diorama? Would the movie have been as good if the dioramas didn't look realistic?
- Send students to this online article, or print copies of it for them to read.
- Working individually or in small groups, have students create a diorama that portrays a contemporary outdoor scene and the tools we use to play or work outside during winter.
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