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Science & Nature

Junior Paleontologists - An Introduction to the Science of Paleontology

Average rating: 4.7Number of reviews: (7)
Completed by 23 learners
A class for students who can't get enough of history! This one time course teaches what paleontologists do, how they find fossils and how to study them.
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
The lesson will teach students all about the basics of paleontology (for specifics see 'Class Experience'). My goal for the students is to get them excited about science and show the true side of paleontology that is not always represented in movies and books.
- Third year honors university student in a Vertebrate Paleontology major
- Volunteered in universities paleontology lab as well as hobby fossil collecting
- 5+ years of science communication at science centers and museums
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
This class is very light when it comes to sensitive content, but I am also aware that every student has a different level of comfort (I should know, I was a very sensitive kid). Below I've listed any topics that could be upsetting, but feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
What we will be talking about:
-  Animals dying and becoming fossils
- Extinction

Topics that can come up when discussing paleontology:
- Mass Extinction
     - This can include things like asteroid impacts, volcanoes, floods, droughts, and climate change
     - This can lead to discussions about our modern environmental crisis
- Bias and lack of diversity in paleontology and other S.T.E.M fields
     - While paleontology has become much more progressive and accepting over the last few years, it is still important to acknowledge that 
        it is still not a very diverse field. 
- Predation (animals hunting other animals)
Most of what I am going to be teaching is from a mix of my studies in paleontology and the knowledge I've accumulated being fascinated with prehistory my entire life. Any additional sources will be cited in the lesson.

Meet the teacher

Jack Davidson
Average rating: 4.8Number of reviews: (8)
I'm Jack and I love to teach about my main interest which is science. Specifically I mostly teach about paleontology, biology, and natural history but I also love to introduce people to some of my hobbies such as Dungeons & Dragons (as well as... 
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