What do you want to be when you grow up? Using exhibits to help students see themselves as scientists

September 1st, 2021 - August 30th, 2024 | PROJECT

To inspire more youth to seek careers in science, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is adding a new, permanent paleontology exhibition, “Dueling Dinosaurs,” and a public lab that will allow middle school students to explore a variety of fossils using hands-on tools and techniques. The exhibition, which will include the fossils of a Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops found intertwined and thought to have died in an apparent predator-prey battle, will demonstrate how fossils are key evidence used by scientists to understand life on a changing planet. Students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive exercises that replicate scientific processes and procedures, and as they learn, see possible career paths for themselves as scientists.

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Project Products

Formative Evaluation of Dueling Dinosaurs Exhibition for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Team Members

Wendy Lovelady, Principal Investigator, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-249616-OMS-21
Funding Amount: $250,000


Audience: Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Geoscience and geography | History | policy | law
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits