A new permanent exhibit at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, CA, features the world's first interactive dinosaur adventure. Equipped with infrared transmitters, guests become "research assistants" and carry out science missions throughout the 10,000-sq.-ft. outdoor exhibit.
From looking for evidence of skin prints, T-Rex tracks or "dino dung" to identifying the distinct head shields of the Chasmosaurus and Triceratops, guests learn about the unique characteristics of dinosaurs and how they relate to the animals of today. The content of the exhibit aligns with California Science Standards for grades K-6.
"Dino Quest is the first of its kind, using infrared technology in an outdoor interactive exhibit," Joe Adams, president of Discovery Science Center, said. "We hope that families and dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages will come out and play in our backyard this summer."
A correct find on a science mission results in a prehistoric roar or a motion by the fossil. In this video game come to life, points and coins are collected along the way by discovering crystals and fossils hidden throughout the exhibit. Dino Quest online, a video game that can be played from home, will make use of the points and coins when it goes online in August.
After science missions have been completed in the exhibit, guests can go on one of two adventures. Dino Trackers will venture into a dark cave to recapture and escaped T-Rex with nets, tranquilizers and raw meat. Dino Keepers work with an audio-animatronic baby triceratops to befriend and train it before it becomes an unruly adult!
Pumpkin Launch 2008
The day of family-friendly activities will include carved-pumpkin contests (bring your own carved pumpkin), a catapult contest, music, entertainment, and the chance to watch engineering students launch pumpkins from their home-made Pumpkin Launchers. Admission is free.
Location: Titan Stadium, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831
Date: November 1, 2008
Time: 9 AM - 2 PM
ABOUT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER
Discovery Science Center, Orange County's leading destination
for hands-on science fun, invites guests to explore more than
120 hands-on science exhibits in seven themed areas including
Discovery Stadium, Techno Arts, Air & Space, Perception,
Dynamic Earth, Quake Zone, Digital Lab, Dino Quest and KidStation. Guests can challenge
friends to Virtual Volleyball, make waves in a 19-foot Wave
Tank, see an indoor Geyser erupt, make music on a Laser Beam
Harp, lie on a Bed of 3500 REAL nails, climb a Rock Wall, dance
on a Musical Floor and more. The Center celebrated its one-millionth guest in August 2003.
Located at 2500 N. Main St. in Santa Ana, CA, Discovery Science Center is easily recognizable by its 10-story solar cube and Delta III Rocket that tower over Interstate 5.
Exciting special events, live science demonstrations, summer
camps, teacher training workshops, and school outreach programs
are also offered. Discovery Science Center's Education Outreach Office brings science lessons to 121,000 students in Southern California classrooms each year.
Opportunities include"Science To Go" programs, in which Science Center staff visit groups in the classroom or community center and provide lessons on topics ranging from "Plants and You" for kindergartners to pig heart and cow eye dissection for high school students. Starlab, Discovery Science Center's portable planetarium, is a popular Science To Go program, as is Forensic Science. More information is available on our Web site:
Assembly programs, for larger audiences, are also available. Topics include Super Cool, a program involving liquid nitrogen; Watt's Current, an electrifying demonstration; and the search for Life in the Universe, a multimedia presentation by one of our space program ambassadors.
Solar Cube at Night
Discovery Science Center's 10-story, 108-foot tilted Solar Cube lights up the night sky each evening after dusk and after Science Center hours.
For more information or annual memberships, group rates, special events, teacher workshops, sleepovers, birthday parties and more, call 714-542-CUBE or visit us online: