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The Spinosaurus Encounter stops in Canfield

March 13, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Elementary students in Canfield took a trip back in time on Thursday last week while attending a dinosaur-themed assembly called The Spinosaurus Encounter. On March 7 the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's traveling museum stopped at both C.H. Campbell and Hilltop elementary schools to give students a look at a real life-sized dinosaur. The students got to learn about fossils and a little about the habitat the dinosaurs lived in. They also go to meet Spiny, the museum's 10-foot-tall 15-foot-long mechanical puppet. Volunteers from the audience help Spiny's human handler, Dr. Dino, "dig" for fossils of spinosaurus in the Egyptian desert and hypothesize about Spiny's habitat.

According to PTA President Julie Miller, the visit was made possible through the efforts of the schools' media specialist Patti Hockensmith.

"The school library is having a book fair this week that has a dinosaur theme," Miller said. "Patti married the assembly with the book fair.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
John Itsura steps aside as a young spinosaurus enters the assembly at Hilltop Elementary last Thursday.

Travis Lavery, C.H Campbell Principal said, "This was a fun assembly for our students where science and entertainment come together for education."

Serving as Dr. Dino was the Carnegie Museum's John Itsura, who serves as outreach coordinator and traveling museum coordinator. He was joined by Leslie Wilson, who works the mechanical dinosaur named Spiny.

"I spend half the show interacting with the students as we learn about archeology and digging into the past," Itsura said. "Then the second half is when the life-size dinosaur comes out and the fun continues."



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