Darwin & Dinosaurs
Darwin & Dinosaurs is a high-touch, high-tech exhibit that combines the wonder and awe of dinosaurs with the gravitas of evolutionary theory. It is both awesome and educational, designed to bring in young and old visitors alike and to teach the basics of Darwin’s life and the theory of natural selection, through captivating artifacts, deep interactive experiences, and the game Hungry Birds.
The exhibit can be set up in virtually any space from 2,500 – 10,000 sq ft. The standard configuration is 5,000 sq ft. It requires a minimum ceiling height of 10 feet for set-up (15 feet if the Pteranodon is to be hung from the ceiling).
Length of Bookings
D&D normally rents in twelve week or twenty-four week periods, although we can accommodate variations.
For pricing, please contact Susan Carroll at 1-888-600-5054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Exhibit Components
D&D follows a simple chronological narrative that helps visitors make sense of the story and follow along with Darwin on his voyage and after as he develops the most important theory in the biological sciences.
Thus, it starts with the discovery of dinosaurs in the early nineteenth century, discoveries that forced scientists (and everyone else) to wrestle with the concept of extinction and come to grips with an Earth that was millions of years old. Schooled within this “new geology,” Charles Darwin set off on a five year voyage around the world with a new scientific perspective and an open mind.
From South America to the Galapagos Islands, he saw firsthand not only the diversity of life, but also how closely related species were across space and time, important clues to unraveling the mystery of life on Earth.
Darwin & Dinosaurs then picks up back home as Darwin puts the pieces together and publishes his landmark work, On the Origin of Species, in 1859.
The standard D&D configuration (5,000 sq ft) comes with ten (10) complete dinosaurs and six (6) partial (a full listing and photos of the dinosaurs can be found on the Dinosaur Page).
2. Interactive Touchscreens
Three 42″ touchscreens (ADA compliant) are included in the standard exhibit (more can be added). The touchscreens allow visitors to explore all aspect so the exhibit through images, maps, audio recordings, quizzes, timelines, and other digital widgets.
The touchscreens (once turned on) require no staff time and can be left on 24/7. Periodically they should be wiped down with Windex wipes (provided). It is not possible to escape the application and get to the PC. The only way out of the application is to turn the PC off via a remote control (provided).
3. Hungry Birds Game
The Hungry Birds game is played on a large (70″), wall-mounted touchscreen. Designed especially for Darwin & Dinosaurs, the game is a fast-paced, highly-realistic, simulation that forces players to make subconscious strategic decisions that illustrate how natural selection works.
Recommended by the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and winner of several international awards for educational games, Hungry Birds is a magnet for young kids (it was designed for kids 6-12). You can see the game being played in the video below.
NOTE: This is a low resolution version to make it practical to view on a website. The actual game is of much higher visual quality – which you can see if you download the free iPad version, or load the actual game.
4. Display Cases
There are eighteen (18) display cases in the exhibition, each 36 x 36 x 84 (there are seven doubles and four singles.) When there are two shelves, they are set at 24″ and 42″ high to accommodate wheelchair sight lines (48″). When there is only one shelf, it is set at 36″. The display cases are made of non-breakable acrylic and are locked and sealed. The cases are placed in a specific order to support the overall narrative of the exhibit.
In addition to the dinosaurs and interactives listed above, the exhibit also includes rare and fascinating items including scientific instruments, models, maps and charts, letters, fossils, reviews, and other artifacts, all of which help tell the story of Darwin’s life and work.