The astrolabe was an instrument used to predict the positions of the planets and tell time and longitude and latitude. The astrolabe was first invented around 150BCE, but many improvements were made to it over the next several centuries. It was especially important in the Muslim world, where it was used to determine the location of Mecca.
Guest post written by Allison Miller, ROMKids Educator. Last update: January 7, 2014.
When the entire Education department is out sick and a non-educator has to cover the Activity Room.
It’s important to know your strengths.
#REgenerationtour: Into Elephant Nature Park
By Emile Watanabe, 10 years old
Tell me if I say “elephant”, what is the first word that pops in your head? Mine would be Thailand because the symbol of the country is an Asian elephant and there are sooo many of them in Thailand, or at least there were. At the start of the 20th century there were 100,000 elephants in Thailand, but now there are less than 5,000; half in captivity and half in the wild.
While at Elephant Nature Park, I learned that many domesticated elephants in captivity have been beaten in a torture cage called the crush. And the crush lives up to its name too. Because to make the elephant work and able to ride for tourists, the trainers have the crush the elephants spirit. They do that by putting the elephant in the cage and hitting the elephant with bull hooks and long sticks with nails on the end. Then they have someone sit on it to get the elephant used to people on it. At the beginning of our stay at the park we saw a documentary on how they crush the elephant’s spirit and let me tell you, it was scary. That is why you should never ride an elephant.
But let’s move on from that and get to the fun stuff!
Our stay at the park was amazing because every thing we did was to help the elephants! The founder is a very nice woman with a dream to stop the crush and save all Asian elephants. Her name is Lek Chailert. She is a nice person. We were lucky to be able to see her because she travels a lot. You should see her in the field, all the elephants come to her and she feeds and hugs them. The elephants LOVE her. Lek is quite famous, too. She has received several awards including Hero of the Planet in 2001, hero of Asia in 2005 and the Earth Day Award in 2006. She has also been on National Geographic, Animal Planet, BBC and many more.
Now as I was saying we were able to help the elephants while visiting. I worked day and night cutting fruits and feeding the elephants, cutting banana trees and grass, shovelling poop, washing bamboo. But it was all worth it because the food was delicious and I made friends. Every night I played soccer with the local children on the park field. We also bathed the elephants in the river and played with them!
For more information about elephants you can visit http://www.saveelephant.org
That was a great week for me.
- Follow the rest of the #REgenerationtour HERE!
- Anthony’s (Dad) blog on the environmental mission: www.the-regeneration.com
- Rose’s (Mom) blog shares the family experience on the road:www.yolomomonthego.wordpress.com
- You can also follow Emile on Instagram @emiwata15!
- Check out the rest of our #ROMKidsGoesWhere series HERE!
Genuine Albertosaurus tooth. One of the most famous Canadian dinosaurs (just check out the name!) Albertosaurus was a smaller cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex, similar to the Gorgosaurus. Check out the fine serrated edge along the tooth, similar to a steak knife. The detail is remarkable!
Liz Butler Draws The ROM: Ornithomimus and Protoceratops!
This week I was back in the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs looking at some of my favourites from the Cretaceous; an Ornithomimus and a Protoceratops. I love these dinosaurs, not only for their fabulous looks, but also for their super descriptive names!
Protoceratops means ‘First Horned Face’, which refers both to the dinosaur’s appearance and its relationship to other dinosaurs. Protoceratops is an early member of the suborder Ceratopsia, a group of dinosaurs that includes the famous Triceratops. So much information in one name!
The name Ornithomimus is equally revealing. This name means ‘Bird Mimic’, and it’s easy to see why! Ornithomimus was a slim, bipedal dinosaur, looking very much like modern day flightless birds, such as ostriches and emus. They are one species that really helps me to understand the connections between non-avian dinosaurs and the avian dinosaurs we see flying, hopping, swimming, and running today!
Which dinosaur name is your favourite (Futalognkosaurus, anyone)?
- Liz Butler is an artist and teacher who loves natural history and museums. She loves drawing, painting, and making crafts of all kinds. She is happiest when she can find ways to combine art projects with science content.
- Liz’s Website – Liz Butler Draws
- Liz’s Blog – Saw Whet Studio
- More guest posts from Liz HERE!
- Do you like to sketch? Love museums? Are you a full time student in Canada? The ROM is yours to explore, FREE, every Tuesday! MORE!
Guest Post By Liz Butler. Last Updated: February 1st, 2014.
Zoe’s Top 5 Museum Animals!
Family Day Weekend is approaching and the ROM is talking about animals! I have many favourite animals and they can all be found right here at the ROM, so come and check them out!
- Snow leopards are not only beautiful and endangered but they can also be found 3500 meters above sea level and their scientific name is Uncia Uncia.
- Panda’s are simply just awesome and can up to 14 kilograms of bamboo a day. The dark eyespot of a panda cub is shaped as a circle but as the cub grows the circle becomes a teardrop shape. The name of the Panda originated from the Nepalese word poonya, which translates into “bamboo-eating animal.”
- There’s no doubt that you’ll miss the striking white rhino in the Schad Gallery at the ROM. The White Rhino is one of the workd’s largest land mammals. White Rhinoceros’ can be found in Africa’s grassy plains or wallowing in mud.
- Without doubt the Zebra’s one of my favourite animals! It’s one of the only animals that start with the letter “z” like my name. The famous zebra stripes are a defense mechanism that makes it harder for predators to pick out which zebra to chase. Zebra’s are also very social animals and they can run up to 56 kilometers per hour.
- My final favourite animal is Toronto’s night-time mascot, that is notorious for snooping through our garbage at night. Raccoons are very vocals and have a large variety of calls to communicate with. The raccoon’s scientific name is Procyon lotor, which translates into “washer dog.”
If you’re nearby, stop at the ROM during Family Day Weekend and find out more about my favourite animals. What’s your favourite animal?