School Group visits

Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous gives students a close encounter with some of the most extraordinary creatures to ever walk the Earth.

The exhibition features 20 animatronic life-size models of dinosaurs from 145-65 million years ago, some of which lived in what is now western Queensland.

What your class will experience

The exhibition is presented in a semi-darkened space with a soundscape backdrop. It includes fossils and other specimens that can be touched. In addition to the dinosaurs, the exhibition features cutting edge 3D augmented reality technology. The Dinosaur Discovery app can be downloaded via iTunes or Google play to bring the dinosaurs to life during the visit.

Duration of visit

Allow approximately 30 - 45 minutes to experience the exhibition. Large groups or classes may be managed with rotations to optimise the visit experience. Groups are welcome to explore other Museum galleries before or after visiting Dinosaur Discover: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous and / or combine with a Museum educator-led program.

Led school programs for different year levels

Prehistoric Puppet Play
Length: 1 hour (excluding exhibition free time)
Audience: Early Years – Playgroups, Kindergartens, Prep
Class size: Approximately 25 students
Curriculum: Early Learning Years Framework

Meet Aroara, the Museum's pet baby dinosaur! Students will learn key dinosaur vocabulary and be lead through an interactive reading of Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees. Students will then make their own dinosaur puppet and act out a thrilling story.

Play-laeontologist
Length: 1 hour (excluding exhibition free time)
Audience: Lower Primary – Years 1-3
Class size: Approximately 25 students
Curriculum: Biological Sciences, Science as a Human Endeavour, Science Inquiry 

Get ready for seriously fun Palaeontologist play! Students will role play as budding palaeontologists as they are guided around the Museum's exhibits. Students will be taken through the work of palaeontologists and asked to record 'data' on their scientist clipboards.

Cretaceous Safari
Length: 1 hour (excluding exhibition free time)
Audience: Upper Primary – Years 4-6
Class size: Approximately 25 students
Curriculum: Biological Sciences, Earth and Space Science, Science as a Human Endeavour, Science Inquiry

We’ve done it! We’ve travelled back in time to 100 million years ago! Students will go on an epic safari with their tour guide observing and learning about some of the amazing creatures that were alive at this time. Themes include lifecycles, adaptations and the impact of changing environments on selected species.

Introduction to the Queensland Museum Network’s Geo-sciences Program
Length: 1 hour (excluding exhibition free time)
Audience: Secondary
Class size: Approximately 25 students
Curriculum: Earth and Space Science, Science as a Human Endeavour, Science Inquiry

Students will be introduced to the work of the geologists, palaeontologists and technicians in the Queensland Museum Network, be able to handle real fossils, and asked to reflect on how the work of these kinds of scientists has changed our understanding of the Earth. Students will then complete a tailored led activity. 

Costs

Townsville and Burdekin self-led school groups – FREE
Townsville and Burdekin led school groups - $5.50 / student

Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook self-led and led school groups - FREE

Self-led school groups - $6.50 / student
Led school groups - $7.50 / student

Teachers and support parents are admitted free at a ratio of 1:5.

Please contact Libby Pittard, MTQ’s Learning Officer about putting together a program that suits your students’ needs.
E: libby.pittard@qm.qld.gov.au
T: 07 4726 0633


TEACHER FAMIL OPPORTUNITY

The Museum’s education staff will host two teacher famils to give teachers a greater understanding of Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous and the Museum’s education programs for this exhibition.

An overview of the Museum’s general education programs to be offered in 2017 will also be presented. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Times and dates:
3.30 – 4.45pm, Tuesday 31 January 2016
3.30 – 4.45pm, Thursday 2 February 2017

For further information and to book your place on one of the famils, please contact Libby Pittard, MTQ’s Learning Officer on (07) 4726 0633 or libby.pittard@qm.qld.gov.au.

FREE TEACHER PREVIEW

Teachers can preview the exhibition free of charge to assess how this exhibition can best meet their students’ needs. Just present your name, contact details and proof of teacher registration at the front counter before Friday 31 March 2017 to receive free entry.

Admission is at the discretion of staff and entry may be delayed at peak times.

OTHER RESOURCES

Museum of Tropical Queensland can also offer a range of support material to use in the classroom.

Suggestions include:
- Download our exhibition Teacher Resource pack (2629 KB) pdf document icon

- Discover more about the dinosaurs in the exhibition

- Borrow the Finding Megafauna or Muttaburrasaurus Bones from MTQ Loans

- Explore Queensland Museum’s own dinosaur discoveries and the palaeontologists who 'de-code' our ancient past

- Challenge your students with online resources such as Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity, featuring games, glossary, worksheets, and projects.