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Cranbrook Institute of Science Teacher Newsletter

November 2010
In This Issue
Geology of Michigan
Dinosaur Lecture
Thanksgiving "Buffet"
Second Saturdays
New Water Program
Educator Quick Links
Science on the Go!

The Geology of Michigan: An Expedition Through Deep Time DVD Available Now!
The Institute's new DVD The Geology of Michigan: An Expedition Through Deep Time takes viewers through billions of years of geological history and to 28 locations throughout Michigan to discover the events that created, and continue to impact, the Great Lakes and surrounding area. Researched and produced by Cranbrook Institute of Science Geologist and Paleontologist John Zawiskie, The DVD is available in the museum's Science Shop or online. Members receive 10% off DVD purchase. Click here to shop online.
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As November progresses, the Institute turns its attention to Thanksgiving. In addition to the exciting events planned before and after the holiday, our thoughts include you; the many teachers who choose the Institute as their field trip destination or educational resource. Thank you for doing what you do, and thank you for choosing us to help. We hope we inspire and enthrall your students while meeting both your needs and theirs. Science and education continue to be key parts of the solution in turning Michigan's economy around and helping the country as a whole maintain its competitive advantages on the world stage. States boasting thriving economies recruit companies that emphasize knowledge-based careers which typically pay more and are less likely to disappear during economic downturns. These facts reinforce the important role that teachers and the Institute together play in fostering intellectual discovery through science education.

From our summer camp programs to continued outreach efforts in local communities - like Pontiac and Detroit - we, like you, are in front of the leaders of tomorrow and our work promoting science education never stops. Thank you for helping make science real, relevant, meaningful and yes, at times, even a little magical!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Go Science!

Dinosaur Lecture November 19 at 7:30pm

Story of Big AlJoin Brent Breithaupt, paleontologist for the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management and former Curator of the University of Wyoming Geological Museum, as he relates his experience leading the excavation of "Big Al" the most complete Allosaurus skeleton ever found. Hear how Big Al lived and died in prehistoric Wyoming, only to be dug up -- first illegally, then legally -- and what we have discovered about Allosaurus from his remains. Breithaupt will speak in the auditorium of the Institute of Science on Friday, November 19 at 7:30pm.

Following the lecture, he will sign his recent book The Story of Big Al: Saving a Dinosaur for the Future which is available in the Science Shop. Tickets are $5 for Members and Studentsand $10 for non Members. Call 248 645.3210 to register or click here:

Thanksgiving "Buffet" Offers a Taste of Science

Thanksgiving Science BuffetIn celebration of Thanksgiving the Institute of Science invites you to sample a wide variety of scientific experiences at the Science Buffet on Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27 from 1 to 4pm. Interested in Paleontology? Try your hand at conserving a mastodon. Like Astronomy? Special planetarium programming will be offered and, after studying the solar system, learn how to determine a meteor "right" from a meteor "wrong." If Physics captures your imagination, demonstrations of our three-ton trebuchet in action will amaze you! Bat Shows, special lectures and activities for all ages will entertain and educate. We'll even show you what you'd look like as a dinosaur courtesy of the Institute's caricaturist!

Thanksgiving Science Buffet is free with admission.

Second Saturdays Offer Real Life Paleontology Experience!

World of DinosaursStudents have the opportunity to assist in the excavation of actual dinosaur bones the second Saturday of every month during Dino Lab in the World of Dinosaurs exhibit. Using actual tools-of-the-trade, Cranbrook Scientists enlist the assistance of its visitors in helping extract the bones from the rock they were discovered and which were cast on-site at the dig. This is an all-ages experience that is not to be missed! Second Saturday Science Series: Dino Lab takes place Saturday, December 4 in the World of Dinosaurs exhibit from 1 to 4pm and is free with admission.

New Water Program Studies a Great Lakes Giant!

Lake SturgeonCranbrook delivers water programs statewide, increasing awareness of the importance of the freshwater resources that are truly pure Michigan. Water programs at the Institute also are an important part of the field trip options Cranbrook offers. New this year, students in Grade 4 and up can discover how the threatened Lake Sturgeon is returning to the Detroit River and surrounding Great Lakes. Through pollution clean-up and scientific research, this "dinosaur of the deep" is once again a part of the fish community in our region. In addition to studying this wonderful story of resurgence, students learn about Great Lakes fish adaptations, identification and habitats.

To learn more about the Water Programs at Cranbrook click here to download the 2010-2011 Educator Guide.