“ROCK” on at the ROM
It has been the second week of working with ROMKids, and I am extremely excited for this coming weekend.
We have been busy planning for our Earth Science themed Weekend! The ROM is very well known for their collection of World History, but the Natural Science Galleries of the ROM is just as extensive! Don’t’ just take my word, come out and see for yourself.
This week I learned that at the Royal Ontario Museum, Earth Science is not just limited to the Science related to the earth (yes I know that part seems obvious, but please bear with me…) but it is also related to outer space as well (mind blowing isn’t it? Outer space is considered to be part of Earth Science… EARTH Science). With that being said, I have helped plan a variety of fun activities, that are part and off this planet. I also found out that the ROM has pieces of the moon on display! I have to admit, I don’t know where they are, but I’ve made it my goal to find out this weekend (Spolier, I found them! See the photo above!). Who knew we could see something so cool, so close to home?
We have some more work to complete before we’re all set for this weekend. But I guarantee that this weekend is going to be OUT OF THIS WORLD!
I hope to see you all at Earth Science Weekend 2013!
Find out more information on Earth Sciences Weekend HERE!
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. Check her posts HERE.
“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
FINAL POST from “Wesley Goes To The Museum: Ends/Cycles
As a history student, it pains me to write this last blog entry. History, to me is ongoing; for as long as the universe is in existence, history is unfolding. So for me to bring closure to this blog and to make it finite gives me a sad feeling.
These last few days at the ROM were spent on organizing shelves, more resource collection, working on the photo tour, and shadowing instructors at the ROM. I followed Gayle Gibson, internationally renowned Egyptologist for one class. I was amazed to see her pick up an artifact and start to talk about it effortlessly. Thank you Gayle!
The ROM is often overlooked, bypassed by university students rushing to their classes or by businessmen/women having lunch in ritzy Yorkville. History forms the roots from which the present is grown. This is something that should not be taken lightly. I’m only 23 but I’m already starting to see how cyclical history is. Politics, music, movies especially are repeating history. The Star Wars franchise is coming out with another film, almost 40 years after the release of the first Star Wars movie. Prequels and sequels to movies that did well years ago are being produced ad nauseum. Yet it’s not often one finds teenagers looking at this history, and the many parallels that run through time. As a teacher and student of history, I don’t want to stand for this, and I hope that I can change this trend with students of my own.
I truly appreciate the opportunity I’ve had here at the ROM. Three weeks have come and gone far too quickly and I have had the chance to meet many great people in this short time. As I return to Kingston for my last month of school, I must bid farewell for now. I never thought I would come back to the ROM as more than just a visitor, but then again I never thought I’d go to Queen’s either. It’s all a part of the ups and downs of life and the cycles of our histories.
As part of his placement, Wesley will be blogging his adventures with our special feature “Wesley goes to the Museum”! He’ll also lead our initiative to digitize and blog our campers work from Museum 101.