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[IDZ/Teen] Day 6 

My strategy for putting together the fossils was to use my head to see what matches up. Such as the spine/rib cage, since they all look the same but different sizes we put them together like a puzzle. The whole strategy was to look at the photo given to us and go off of that. So put the legs where they look like they are supposed to be. The number one skill we needed was to communicate with each other. Without communicating with each other everyone would start doing their own thing. Another hard part about connecting the fossils is that you have to do a lot of zooming in and panning to make sure everything is linked right. Another skill we use was common sense. We know how an animal looks so obviously his leg wouldn't be on his head it would be under him or close to his lower side. So yeah all we needed was really two skills.

[IDZ/Teen] Bones 

Today we had to put together our fossils. It was great. It was really cool to finally see our fossils come together and form something. It did get a little crazy because everyone wanted to move pieces so I decided to be the group cheerleader!! I let them know how it was looking and that they were doing good. Putting it together wasn't really hard. Just had to separate and look at them good to see size differences. After that it was just about communication and common sense.

Adapting to your environment is key to surviving. Standing out can be good some times but not if it can put you in danger. Especiailly if you're an animal. You want to make sure that you blend in to your environment so it not an easy prey and so that you can gather food faster. Today the blue team's avatar had to adapt to life in an arctic climate. We decided the best way to survive would be to have lots of fur and to blend in with the snow and ice. Adapting to life in NYC can be better, easy. Being cautious is key because you don't want to fall prey to any thieves or scammers. Other than that life here is similar to life in other big cities. Public transportation is the best way to get around.

The best way to connect with the IDZ team is through pictures, blogs and videos. I bet we have a ton in common. Life isn't that different, give or take a few changes in climate and wealth.

[VVP] Change.org spotlights the Discovered movie 

Amanda Kloer writing for Change.org recently wrote up a spontlight on the latest VVP machinima movie release of Discovered for the "End Human Trafficking" section of their site.

You can read the post below or directly on Change.org here.

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AMNH visit - 31
I have been negligent at posting about how the "I Dig Zambia" virtual summer camp is going because we've all been so busy working on the camp all week.  Building upon the successful "I Dig Tanzania" camp last year, "I Dig Zambia" is a two-week intensive summer camp that brings together 11 teens in New York with 8 teens in Chicago to learn about evolution, biology, paleontology, and social and cultural issues in Zambia.  The camp takes place within the virtual world of Teen Second Life, with the New York teens logging in from Global Kids headquarters and the Chicago teens participating from the Field Museum of Chicago.

It's been an outstanding and challenging first week, both for our kids and the educators. Here's a recap of some of the cool activities we had our high schoolers engaged in.

[IDZ] Migration Comic: Kurdistan 

As part of I Dig Zambia, we looked at not only why animals migrate, but also why people move as well. To do this, we compared the life stories of three people who have migrated around the world. Below are the comic strips created by IDZ to share these migration stories.

Part I

[IDZ] Migration Comic: Zambia 

As part of I Dig Zambia, we looked at not only why animals migrate, but also why people move as well. To do this, we compared the life stories of three people who have migrated around the world. Below are the comic strips created by IDZ to share these migration stories.

Part 1

Part 2

[IDZ] Migration Comic: New Orleans 

Migration Comic: New Orleans

As part of I Dig Zambia, we looked at not only why animals migrate, but also people as well. To do this, we compared the life stories of three people who have migrated around the world. Below are the comic strips created by IDZ to share these migration stories.

Part 1

Part 2

[IDZ/Teen] Learning about Fossils 

During our trip to the museum, I enjoyed going behind the scenes and learning about how different species of animals evolved. I thought that the part about animals in South America and Australia evolving differently was very interesting and it was a great example of how we are are all interconnected and how the break in continents created differences. I also enjoyed learning about how the fossils are replicated and restored in order to be put on display. I would probably enjoy doing clerical work at the museum, just for the sake of observing everything that was going on around me. I think that I would probably do this in an intern position because natural history is not something that I am particularly interested in.

I didn't have much luck analyzing my fossil. Everything that I thought i knew about it turned out to be wrong. I think that my skills might need a bit more sharpening!

In just the same way that the movement of the animals was crucial to evolution, the movement of humans is also very important. People leave behind cultures and practices that are important to record and study, although that seems more like anthropology than paleontology .

[IDZ/Teen] Past few days 

Have a lot to blog about today because we didn't blog yesterday, so I'll start with what we did yesterday. Yesterday was the best day so far. We went on a trip to the Museum Of Natural History. We got a behind the scenes tour and it was way cool. We got to see actual bones and it was super cool. But I wouldn't really want a job there. It's a little too much school and really isn't something I'm passionate about.

Today we looked at our second life bones and had to figure out what it was. We had to look at the size of the bones and the way the animal walked or what they might have eaten. Then was saw what modern day animal was about the same size as the bones we found. I was shocked to find out that my team bones were about the same size of a really small dog!!

Today we also looked at reasons for immigration. We created comics to go along with stories and it was really cool. I guess it ties into what we are doing by looking at why the animals may have moved from place to place.

IDZ is half way done :(. Its been fun and I learned a lot. Its always great to learn about new places and life in a different culture. I look forward to see what else we will do and learn!!

[IDZ/Teen] Blog #4 

Two highlights from my trip to the museum were when I learned that the wooly elephant wasn't the largest mammal to ever roam the earth it i actually a animal named paraceratheriun, which is actually 40% to 50% larger than an elephant. The second highlight of the day was when I learned that all of the fossils weren't completely made out of just bone most of it is clay sometimes because the bones break a lot of times so the have to sculpt them back into shape with clay before they can put them on display.

We were able to decide which animal was closest to our fossils by looking at the shape of the bones and skulls, and when you put them all together how big they were as well.

I think it is important to know why people migrate because it helps you put yourselves in their shoes, and try and understand what their going through. I think migration links itself into science and paleontology because, people and dinosaurs had to migrate and adapt to their new surroundings to make it in the world.

If Ken and the other scientists asked me how does IDZ relates to being a global citizen I would say, " it relates to being a global citizen because when we have to dig up the fossils you have to be careful and take are of them just like how you have to care your earth because if you break it you will never find another just like it."