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September 12, 2019
Kids love dinosaurs, and Chicago Pneumatic loves encouraging science education -- so a donation of five CP9361 Air Scribes to the Wyoming Dinosaur Center to support children's fossil exploration is a perfect fit!
"We tell them they are contributing to science," says Jessica Lippincott, Education Director at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming. "They feel like they're doing something meaningful." The non-profit museum is dedicated to preserving and protecting Wyoming's rich natural history with the world's largest fossil collection, and hands-on paleontology for kids of all ages.
The center's field technicians identify sites where they might find fossils, and have discovered more than 130 so far. Bones at the sites are dug up and sent to the center, where they are prepared using tools to remove sand and rock. Professional preparers care for the more fragile and valuable pieces, while sturdy bones like lower vertebra and toe bones introduce children to paleontology in the youth lab.
"It's very easy for kids to use," says Lippincott. "You can see your progress pretty quickly. The kids love it." Because the tools are hard to find and expensive for a non-profit organization like the Wyoming Dinosaur Museum to replace, Lippincott says Chicago Pneumatic's donation is invaluable.
"If we can spark their interest in science," says Lippincott, "they can consider going into those fields because they have that appreciation."