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Agassiz kids dig dinosaurs

Librarian Terrill Scott serves up cookies and juice after several kids took part in a video call with the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, AB, from the meeting room at Agassiz Library.  - Jessica Peters/ The Observer
Librarian Terrill Scott serves up cookies and juice after several kids took part in a video call with the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, AB, from the meeting room at Agassiz Library.
— image credit: Jessica Peters/ The Observer

There are two things that most kids really dig — new age technology, and dinosaurs.

And last Friday, the two came together at a special event at the Agassiz Library. Kids were invited to gather around the big screen and take part in a video conference call with the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, AB. They waited patiently as the time ticked down to the wire, and were rewarded with a real, live, host.

Adrien Jamieson came on screen, and took the kids on a virtual tour of the museum, almost 1,000 km away. Through today's high definition cameras and technology, the kids were shown a close up view of items they may not get a chance to see back at home, including a sample of an Albertasaurus' serrated teeth.

And when they were done with the tour, Jamieson took the group back in time — way back to the dawn of time.

They learned about bone beds, family herds, asteroids and fossils all along the way. Fossils, for example, can take anywhere from six months to two years to excavate once they're identified.

When the video call was over, and Jamieson was gone, the kids were able to enjoy some dinosaur cookies and swamp water, courtesy of librarian Terrill Scott. And after that, they were welcome to stock up on books about all things ancient, from dinosaurs to fossils and everything in between.

 

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