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My favorite activity was when we did real world activities. I loved doing the behind the scene tours, water carrying activity, the bike program, and the drum circle. I liked them the best because they were extremely interesting and we got to interact with the objects.
I Dig Tanzania Teen
My favorite activity was excavating and assembling fossil animals in Second Life. I liked it because it gave me a great understanding of how paleontologists work in the field.
I Dig Tanzania Teen
It was the fact that I had never gotten to dig for virtual fossils and was excited that I had the chance to do something new, something that I had never done before.
I Dig Tanzania Teen

On the final day of I Dig Tanzania, the students presented their knowledge and expertise on the Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction by walking Museum scientists, staff, and parents through their virtual exhibits.  

Check out the links below for photos from each exhibit - a video of the final presentations is coming soon!

After lunch the teens played each other’s scavenger hunts that they created for the Museum.  Each hunt is for families to explore and learn about adaptions of extinct and extant animals and plants to specific ecosystems.  While they had a blast completing each other’s hunts, the teens learned that creating good scavenger hunts is not an easy task!

The past three weeks have flown by and students and facilitators alike had a blast digging into paleontology and Tanzania!

Here are some parting comments from our teens:

I can’t wait for next year!

It was awesome! I Dig Tanzania rocks!

I really enjoyed my self and had fun.

This Was A Great Program That Should continue.

It was mind blowing to us about things we never knew… i learned a lot!  And thanks for everything they have done for us to become an expert at going though hard and easy activities.

I really enjoyed this course!

Day 13 was spent finishing off the virtual exhibition and scavenger hunts.  Here is a birds-eye sneak peak of their work so far!

Drastic change occurred in the transition between Permian and Triassic. I believe extreme volcanic activity, climate change in heat and dryness, and a roughly turbulent river made changes difficult. Only the Lystrosaurus, a squat pig sized and burrowing animal with shoveling teeth, survived this period.
I Dig Teen’s Theory on the Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction Event