Prehistoric Creatures and 3D Printing Take On Creationism

November 5, 2013
A new not-for-profit, the Science Visualization Initiative, seeks to establish collaborative efforts between scientists, technicians, artists, and media experts to improve science literacy through better science communication. Darwin’s Treasure Chest is the premier project of the Science Visualization Initiative. Darwin’s Treasure Chest makes digital models of prehistoric creatures that teachers, parents, and students can download from the internet for 3D printing, along with educational content. The Science Visualization Initiative is launching a Kickstarter campaign, which begins on October 31, 2013 and ends on November 28, 2013 to raise funds to offset part of the project costs. If funding goals are met, the models can be downloaded for free. It is hoped that by providing free models, the project will give parents and educators all over the world new tools to make evolution easier to teach and understand. The project will also help students learn skills that will be useful in the technology-driven job market of the future through hand-on project experience. This type of project is also well-suited to kinesthetic learners—students who learn better by doing and making things—as well as people who are visually impaired. The project is the brainchild of Chris Sloan, former senior editor of National Geographic Magazine and co-founder of the Cumberland, Maryland-based Science Visualization Initiative. He has teamed with Ricky Lim, a computer graphics expert, and Kevin Padian, an evolutionary paleobiologist at the University of California at Berkeley and past president of the National Center for Science Education. For more about the campaign http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/920123593/darwins-treasure-chest-3d-printable-learning-model For more about the Science Visualization Initiative http://sciencevisualization.org/