Damien And His Science Project

Damien had to do his first BIG science project this year. It’s worth 200 points. I took some pictures while he was busy with it. He decided to do a project on fossils- what they are, how they’re formed, what circumstances are necessary to get a complete skeleton, what happens if the dead animal is disturbed or scavenged, etc.
He decided to do a set of dioramas depicting the different circumstances and got to planning it. He waned to use plastic dinosaurs and plastic skeletons that come in pieces- and make his own fossils so it took us a while to find the “right” ones in the different shops.
We bought this “Junior Tradesman” toy cement to use as the rock or mud, plastic plants and trees from pet shops and toy stores, and he went to look for rocks in the storm water drain. I found the tinfoil baking pans in Pick ‘n Pay and they were the perfect size to hold the diorama scenes he had in mind. Even the plants we found were carefully selected in order to look like they were pre-historic for the dead and scavenged dinosaur diorama scenes. The more “modern” trees and grasses were used in the fossil scenes.
So its a diorama with a dead dino and some scavengers and predatory dinosaurs. Then there’s a partial skeleton with scavengers running off with the bones. Then he did a fossil of an incomplete skeleton. And he did a full skeltal fossil- since these are very rare. The cement took about two days to dry- then he added chisel marks to the two excavated fossil scenes with a miniature screwdriver from my toolkit.

He also made a poster with a proper scientific description of the process and the different ways fossils can be formed. He also has two fossils of his own that will form part of his display when he presents it. He’s pleased with his work- I sincerely hope his teachers are too…

6 thoughts on “Damien And His Science Project

  1. Well done my precious – to both of you! Very impressive, I am so proud!

  2. WOW, it’s really well done! Hope he got top marks for his efforts!

  3. VERY COOL! You must be proud! πŸ™‚

    I just found your blog and it’s VERY interesting…if you stop by mine here anytime soon…you’ll see my kids in the adventure of planting their very first vegetable garden and hopefully in a few days I’ll be able to post them planting their own flowers too!!! LOL
    Hope that you can find the time to come by my blog site and please post a comment when you do…I like for those who visit my site to let me know they’ve been there πŸ™‚ (you will need to 1. register (FREE), on the right side of my site before you post…this is just to make your visits more personalized, etc. and then 2. click “Leave Your Comments” back at the regular part of my site on any comments that interests you, and then 3. “Post Reply” once the comments page comes up and type your comment).

    I’ll try to visit your site regularly and hope that you visit mine as well! πŸ™‚ God Bless! πŸ™‚

  4. WOW! That is a stunning project! His artistic talents really come out here – as well as his love for dinosaurs. Well done Damien – I am proud of you.

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