“Early Life” of My ROM Internship
Hi! I’m Rachel, and I’m a Teacher Candidate studying at Trent University. Back in the day, I used to volunteer with the ROM Summer Club and I had a fantastic experience. When I had to leave I couldn’t get the ROM out of my head, so when I was presented with an opportunity to complete my internship at the ROM, I couldn’t say no! This opportunity will not only let me continue working with children, but will also allow me to explore different types of jobs that I could branch out to (hint: I’m currently looking for a job, so if you’re interested let’s talk).
This week was the first of my 4 week internship, and this first week was action packed! After being introduced to the crew (shout out to Kiron, Chris and Suzanne) and being given a tour of the museum (before opening hours I might add), I had the opportunity to help out with creating the activities for Family Fun Weekends. This week’s theme: Early Life.
My tasks leading up to the weekend included painting a mural and creating the crafts for the children to come in to use as an example. I haven’t touched paints since my elementary school days, so when I was given the task to paint I was worried I would make something that was not presentable to the public. Luckily that didn’t happen, and it turned out better than I thought (everyone was very nice about it too).
Interesting facts I’ve learnt this week that I’d like to share.
- Here are some of the prehistoric animals that lived before the dinosaurs: Trilobite, Eurypterid and Anomalocaris.
- The Trilobite has its name because it’s made of 3 parts
- the Eurypterid is also known as the sea scorpion
- and the Anomalocaris was the length of your arm.
Though these are not as famous as some of the other creatures that have lived (I’m looking at you dinos), they are just as interesting and important to learn about.
I’m used to seeing the how the museum works as someone who visits on a weekly basis. But the next weeks will open my eyes to see how the museum works behind the scene. I sure hope these weeks don’t go by as fast as this first week did.
Rachel is currently finishing up her Education degree from Trent University by completing her intership with ROMKids. With her background in Archaeology and Education, she is all prepared for her eventual time travel experiences
The Royal Ontario Museum! I’m planning on coming back to Toronto for longer, later on, so I only let myself snoop around the floor about natural history. I got so excited, I’m such a nerd. Also did some sketches, so maybe I should update my art blog!
AWESOME PHOTOS! Thanks for makin’ it out to the Museum! #rom photo tour
Just wanted to send a shout out to EVERYONE on tumblr for supporting Archaeology Weekend!
Archaeology is my third favourite thing after dinosaurs and animals, and it was great sharing behind the scenes photos with you. (BTW, took so many photos that we’ll have EVEN MORE to share with you in the future!)
Hope you guys like animals, the origins of life, earth science, Ancient Egypt and Greece and Rome, because those will be our main themes here through June! These weekends are great because it allows kids and families to get up close with their museum heroes, and develop a deeper connection with their favourite galleries. Just happy that we get to do this all together!
We had a great time this Archaeology Weekend! Curators on the floor, and archaeology experts meeting families and inspiring future archaeologists is my favourite thing. Thanks for all your support!
NOW, here’s the recap.
— Greg Purmal (@GregPurmal)
— Fred Sheppard (@geoillogicalguy)
— PC Archaeology (@PCArchaeology)
— Kiron/ROMKids (@ROMKids)
— ASI Archaeology (@ArchaeologyTO)
Ontario Archaeological Society at ROM Archaeology Weekend twitter.com/ROMAncient/sta…— ROM Ancient Cultures (@ROMAncient)
— Janice Correa (@jlbcorrea)
Kate Cooper with Greek pottery at ROM Archaeology Weekend twitter.com/ROMAncient/sta…— ROM Ancient Cultures (@ROMAncient)
The thing I love about #ROMToronto is how inspiring it is. I feel like a kid & anything is possible-I can be an archaeologist, explorer …— Erika Heesen (@erikaheesen)
Archaeology Weekend is here!
Here’s THREE reasons to come out to the ROM this weekend (April 13/14) for Archaeology Weekend!
1. Meet your Museum Heroes. ROM curators and experts will be on the floor throughout the weekend to talk to you about ALL things archaeology! Meet the curators behind some of your favourite exhibits and the archaeologists who work behind the scenes researching and discovering more from your favourite fields.
Having been inspired when I met a ROM curator as a child at the Museum, I firmly believe that this is one of the most important things we can offer: access to ROM staff. They’ll answer your questions, give you intimate details about some of their best finds, and give you a deeper understanding of some of your favourite Museum galleries!
One of my favourite memories at the Museum EVER came at last year’s Archaeology Weekend. Justin Jennings, curator for our blockbuster Maya exhibit, went over to our archaeology dig where kids were digging through our giant sand box filled with reproduction Mayan artifacts. Justin started up a casual conversation with the kids about what they were finding, and what it’s like to be an archaeologist. It was a WONDERFUL sight, and exactly what Archaeology Weekend is all about. #museumheroes
2. All the Experts. Yes, this could just be reason 1.1, but we have MORE than just ROM staff on the floor this weekend! Parks Canada, the Ontario Archaeological Society, Archaeological Services Inc, and the University of Toronto will help us flood the Currelly gallery with experts FULL of archaeological knowledge. And of course, we also have our Viking reenactors, who will show you what life was like during the Viking Age, and provide you with a wonderful example of what experimental archaeology is. Learn MORE about our special guests HERE.
3. Artifacts Out of the Vaults. Just read the blog. We have several AMAZING artifacts coming out for weekend only.
- The full Archaeology Weekend schedule can be found HERE.
- Check out what we got up to LAST YEAR’S Archaeology Weekend HERE.
- We’ve been posting behind the scenes photos of New World Archaeology ALL WEEK on tumblr to get you ready for the weekend. Check ‘em out HERE.
- Get a look at the rest of our upcoming Family Weekends HERE.
- Make sure to share you visit with us on twitter @ROMKids!