jurassic park

New Home for T-Rex

For the last year, RWH has been assisting an amazing non-profit organization with the design of a new dinosaur museum on Long Island, NY.  

On 9/28, I visited the Center for Science Teaching & Learning (CSTL) in Rockville Center, NY to attend the pre-construction meeting and meet the team of contractors that will be putting up the museum building.

The director of CSTL, Ray Ann Havasy, Ph.d, was a consulting scientist on the first Jurassic Park movie. At the end of filming, Director Steven Spielberg gave Ms. Havasy the props from the movie.

The 500lb T-Rex has been outside for a few years, while other skeletons and prehistoric props remained in storage.

This project will give the CSTL's expansive dinosaur collection a permanent home.

The team is set to construct the foundation and steel before the weather becomes too extreme. With the building closed in, mechanical, electrical, and fire protection systems can be installed during the winter months.  As soon as the ground thaws in the spring, the geothermal wells can be installed, providing the exhibit with a renewable energy source.

CSTL is projecting a grand opening mid 2017.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning, is situated within Tanglewood Preserve—a nature preserve in Rockville Centre, NY. Their mission is simple: to encourage science learning and literacy in everyone, children as well as adults. CSTL is a 501(C3) nonprofit organization that is operated by a passionate, intelligent, and highly qualified staff that includes scientists, certified teachers, former school administrators, and skilled artists and craftsman. These professionals are dedicated to incorporating each of the three basic core sciences—Life science, Physical science, and Earth science —into an experience in a way that engages people, making learning a real adventure.

I enjoyed my visit to CSTL and seeing all the exhibits and great learning activities.  When in the area, I highly encourage you to visit the CSTL as they always have something new going on. It makes for a great family day.  Don't miss the live animal exhibit.

Make sure you check out the CSTL Facebook page, as they post all the latest happenings.