Students at the Brandeis High School in New York are spending all their spare time in the city's Natural History Museum working on one of the most unusual projects in town.
Students at the Brandeis High School in New York are spending all their spare time in the city's Natural History Museum working on one of the most unusual projects in town. They're building an exact replica of a Stegosaurus Dinosaur, and when it's finished, it will be shipped to Japan, where it will go on permanent display at the Natural History Museum in Osaka.
The remains of the Stegosaurus were found in 1899 in Wyoming. As far as experts can tell, they are about 150-million years old, and they're all been assembled at New York's Natural History museum.
The duplicate is being delicately and painfully prepared by ten students whose average age is 16. The actual cast will be made from glass fibre, the same size as the real thing. It's 23 feet long, seven-and-a-half feet high and four feet wide. They began the project last August, and they hope they'll have it ready for shipping - in one piece - in about two months.
The project is going to cost about 25-thousand dollars, and the Osaka museum has already said it will pay eight-and-half thousand dollars for the first cast.
SYNOPSIS: Ten students from the Brandeis High School in New York have nearly finished work on one of the most unusual projects in the city.
They're building a dinosaur...well something as close to a dinosaur as possible. The students are all about 15 and 16 years old, but the job they're doing is exact in every detail. the remains of this Stegosaurus Dinosaur were found in Wyoming in 1899. Now, as a school project, the students are building an exact replica in glass fibre to be sent to the Natural History Museum in Osaka, Japan.
The actual remains are about 150-million years old, and to make the big replica, the students are having to make at least 200 individual moulds. The project has already taken six months, and the students hope to have it ready for shipping to Osaka within two months.