With Dinosaurs in the Wild, teachers will be able to take school groups of 7-11 year olds somewhere they’ve never been before – 67 million years back in time, to the late Cretaceous period. Specially designed to ignite pupils’ imaginations, it will put school groups face-to-face with living dinosaurs and bring science to life before their eyes.
Using cutting-edge effects, the 70-minute adventure allows pupils to ask questions as they explore their surroundings, including laboratories in which they’ll see a hatchery, young dinosaurs and an autopsy. The experience culminates with a 360-degree view of these majestic creatures in their natural environment.
The creative director of Dinosaurs in the Wild, Tim Haines, was the award-winning producer of the BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs, seen by 800 million globally. Tim said:
“With Dinosaurs in the Wild, we wanted to create an immersive experience that takes visitors back in time, using the latest in technology to portray the incredible detailing of the creatures and their surroundings. It will truly change people’s understanding of how dinosaurs looked.”
Supported by more than 100 specialists, led by palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish and including artists, technicians and other industry specialists, the production team has ensured that every detail within the experience is in line with the latest scientific research on how dinosaurs looked and behaved.
The creators also revealed new details about what school groups can expect from the experience:
- There is a dazzling array of over two thousand vials and jars of amazing items, like dinosaur tissue samples, eyeballs, brains, teeth and claws of the creatures that lived at that time.
- One of the main features is the heart of a huge Alamosaurus in a glass cylinder, where visitors can see how much energy it took to drive blood up the five-metre long neck of the giraffe-like giant.
- They can also get their hands into piles of dinosaur poo to discover the difference between carnivore and herbivore droppings, before examining prehistoric parasites and dinosaur skin under the microscope.
- Using virtual reality, pupils can find out what it was like to see through a dinosaur’s eyes.
- Pupils will also see scientists conducting a live autopsy on a five-metre long crested Pachycephalosaurus. The animal is suspended across an operating table lit by surgical lights, so that visitors will be able to make out details, such as the cross-section of its impressively large skull.
- In addition, they will see a haunting specimen of the very first human ancestor – a tiny squirrel-like creature called Purgatorius, which lived in trees in the Late Cretaceous.
To support teachers before and after this unique experience, Dinosaurs in the Wild will also provide new curriculum-linked resources for English and Science lessons. All school bookings will receive a password that enables access to the full resource set. Teachers can access a free preview of these exciting activities by visiting www.dinosaursinthewild.com/education.
This once-in-a-lifetime adventure premiers at the NEC in Birmingham in June this year, before moving to Manchester’s EventCity in October 2017.
All educational group bookings enjoy a special ticket price of only £12 per pupil, as well as free tickets for accompanying teacher. For full details about educational group bookings, please visit www.dinosaursinthewild.com/education.