Middle School Institutes

Virtual Worlds Institute: What Happened to the Neanderthals? (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

August 1, 2016 - August 12, 2016


The scene: Homo sapiens and Neanderthals are living side by side in Ice Age Europe. Were they friends or enemies? Did they speak to each other, mate with each other, or kill each other? Why did Neanderthals become extinct and leave humans as the only hominid species on Earth? Use fossil and genetic evidence to investigate these questions and bring competing scenarios to life using 3D digital software, a photo-realistic virtual Ice Age Europe, and fossil specimens from the Museum’s collections. You will meet Museum scientists, who will expose you to cutting-edge careers in the field of physical anthropology, and you will take behind-the-scenes tours of our research departments. In addition, the Virtual Worlds Institute will provide you with valuable information about high school internships and research opportunities at the Museum

Grades 6, 7, and 8

Two Weeks: Monday–Friday
August 1-12
9am-4pm | $1100 (Members $1050)

Check out this video about the Virtual Worlds Institute: What Happened to the Neanderthals?