STEM Saturdays at The Platform
801 S 10th St
Omaha, NE 68108
Join us at The Platform on June 22 for special programming related to the Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family exhibition. We’ve partnered with FAMILY, Inc. and the Southwest Iowa Children’s Oral Health Coalition to bring in kid-friendly activities focused on Scotty the T.rex’s teeth. It seems Scotty lived a hard-knock life, exhibiting evidence of a broken jaw, an impacted tooth, and a compressed section of its tail (possibly from the bite of another tyrannosaur!). Considering that oral health greatly affects overall health, one cannot help but wonder how many more birthdays Scotty might have had with access to regular oral health care, in addition to protection from other tyrannosaurs!
Southwest Iowa Children’s Oral Health Coalition member and owner of My Pediatric Dentist Dr. Ryan Hajek will talk about teeth and distribute toothbrushes. There will also be photo opportunities with the Tooth Fairy and Mr. Molar!
Curious young minds might have additional questions about tyrannosaurs:
- Just how powerful was a T. Rex bite?
- How many teeth did they have?
- How do dinosaur teeth and human teeth compare and contrast?
Registration is not required.
ABOUT THE PLATFORM
Located on the lower level of the museum on what was originally track one in the Union Station terminal, The Platform is an interactive STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) experience for learners of all ages. The area features an industrial, workshop-like aesthetic, with a focus on creating, building and innovating. The Platform is a flexible, ever-evolving space. Current features include a brick building wall, magnetic wall with marble tube run, train table, oversized maps of Omaha neighborhoods and counter height tables that look out onto the active railyard.
The launch of The Platform was made possible by a $20,000 gift from U.S. Bank’s Community Possible initiative.