Welcome to Insight to Ashland

ScienceWorks Dinosaurs Going Extinct After Labor Day

1 Comment

ScienceWorks Dinosaurs Going Extinct After Labor Day

Ashland, Oregon – Young and old from all over southern Oregon, and beyond, agree – the dinosaurs at ScienceWorks are terrifyingly awesome.  However, just like their real life predecessors, these high-tech robotic replicas won’t last much longer. Visitors have until September 1st to experience Prehistoric Predators, the exhibit featuring life-sized, meat-eating dinosaurs that see and track guests’ movements. The exhibit was created by KumoTek Robotics in collaboration with Kokoro Dreams and is made possible with support from Evogeneao, Wells Fargo, the City of Ashland, Key Bank, Ashland Insurance, and Knife River.

“We’ve had an amazing response from the public with this exhibit” says Chip Lindsey, Executive Director at ScienceWorks. “The dinosaurs have brought in visitors from all reaches of Oregon, California and across the country, and we’re thrilled to have been able to share them with our guests. We’ve actually become accustomed to the roaring and shrieking that emanates from the exhibit hall.”

As visitors enter the hall they are greeted by a flesh clutching Saurornithelestes, a Velociraptor cousin, watching and waiting in the brush for its next meal.  Once a guest comes into view, the dinosaur locks onto their face and immediately switches to full interaction mode, tracking every motion they make and responding to their behaviors.

Walking around the bend, guests encounter the life-size ferocious king of the beasts, the T-Rex.  Surrounded by fallen trees and swamp-like marshes, the dinosaur springs into action as guests approach, roaring and sniffing as if searching out prey. On a nearby monitor, visitors see their own image overlaid with the technology that reflects what the T-Rex is seeing.

“The technology in this exhibit has redefined the meaning of ‘interactive’ for museum exhibits” says Lindsey. “KumoTek Robotics has developed programming that astonishes our guests.  You really feel like you’re being stared down by a T-Rex. It taps a basic human instinct.”

ScienceWorks is open every day in the summer, through Labor Day, from 10am – 6pm.  Admission is $7 for children ages 2 – 12 and seniors 65 and older, and $9 for adults.  Members and children under 2 are free.  For more information, visit www.scienceworksmuseum.org.

ScienceWorks Dinosaur Exhibit

Photo credit: Julia Moore, Mail Tribune