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Design Your Own Natural Science Museum

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New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick

Overview
The geologic history of New Brunswick has shaped our landscapes, communities and economy. The province as we know it was formed over the last billion years forged by moving continents, changing climates and complex geologic processes. Experience a journey through geologic time and discover how the magnificent rocks beneath us influence our lives.
Design Your Own Natural Science Museum
Students will use free software (Google Sketchup) and resources from the “Magnificent Rocks” virtual exhibition to design their own virtual natural history museum.
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Learning Object Collection: Magnificent Rocks
Lesson Plan: Design Your Own Natural Science Museum
Students will use free software (Google Sketchup) and resources from the “Magnificent Rocks” virtual exhibition to design their own virtual natural history museum.
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Learning Object Collection: Magnificent Rocks
Trace Fossil: Taphrhelminthoida dailyi Hofmann and Patel
Colour image of gray rock with darker gray winding trail
Trace Fossil: Taphrhelminthoida dailyi Hofmann and Patel, Cambrian, Hanford Brook, New Brunswick, Collector: B. Daily, 1974. In the Early Cambrian, before the ‘Explosion’ of life, the fossil record is comprised of small shelly fossils and traces left by animals. This winding trail likely represents a feeding trail of a snail-like animal.

Collector: B. Daily

Specimen width 35 cm
NBMG 4013

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Learning Object Collection: Magnificent Rocks
Eurypterid post abdomen: Pterygotus anglicus Agassiz
Colour image of brown rock with dark brown circles and sketch of scorpion
Eurypterid post abdomen: Pterygotus anglicus Agassiz, Devonian, Atholville, New Brunswick, Collector: J. McGovern and R.F. Miller, 1995. Eurypterids are often called sea scorpions since they superficially resemble modern scorpions. Pterygotid eurypterids are ‘giant’ sea scorpions reaching 2.5 to 3 metres in length. In New Brunswick fossils indicate eurypterids were at least 1.7 metres long.

Collectors: J. McGovern et R.F. Miller

Image width 50 cm
NBMG 10000

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Learning Object Collection: Magnificent Rocks
Atlantic walrus: Odobenus rosmarus Linnaeus
Colour image of skeletal walrus head
Atlantic walrus: Odobenus rosmarus Linnaeus, Neogene, Moncton, New Brunswick. Walrus fossils have been found all around the New Brunswick shoreline. This specimen was found during the construction of the Intercolonial Railway near Moncton, New Brunswick.

Collector: Unknown

Skull length 36 cm (fiberglass cast)
NBMG 10319

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Learning Object Collection: Magnificent Rocks
Stonehaven, New Brunswick
Dr. Randall Miller Research Curator, Geology and Palaeontology New Brunswick Museum
New Brunswick Museum
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Learning Objectives

Curriculum Outcomes:

1. Students will be expected to create alternate representations, such as computer animations and physical models
2. Students will be expected to develop (prototype, fabricate, make) technological solutions to problems