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Fun with Fossils

July 11 - 15, 2016

Middle School Camp

Camp Description

Campers will examine human fossils, make their own fossils, and experience fun in the field as they go on a real fossil dig. They will also examine living animals and look for similarities and differences between extinct organisms and those still in existence today. At the end of the week campers will leave with the fossils they excavate and the ones they make!

Sample Investigations

Can I make a fossil? Campers will make fossils from materials they bring or are provided and be able to visualize the way fossils form over millions of years. They will get to personalize their fossils and take them home with them.

What is it like being on an actual fossil dig? Campers will travel to a site off of the RIT campus to dig their own fossils and study the area they are found in. Campers will get to locate and keep their own fossils.

What can I learn about evolutionary relationships from the remains of animals? In this activity campers will examine bones, models, and x-rays of animals to see how they are similar to each other and how they are different from their environments.

Other Notes

  • Campers are expected to bring a lunch.
  • Snacks will be provided during the day.
  • Students should come dressed appropriately for travel around campus.