Dino Quest, the world’s first interactive dinosaur adventure, puts guests in the game this summer

SANTA ANA, Calif. – June 30, 2006 – Just in time for summer, Discovery Science Center opens Dino Quest – the world’s first interactive dinosaur adventure. The exhibit features life-size dinosaurs, interactive quests and hands-on fossil discovery and identification.

“Dino Quest is a new science learning resource and a ‘world’s first’ exhibit located here in Orange County,” said Joe Adams, president of Discovery Science Center. “We are very excited about Dino Quest because it uses the wow factor of life-size dinosaurs to teach our guests about life sciences.”

The 62 interactives within the Dino Quest exhibit have been developed to align with California Science Standards for grades K-6. The aim of the exhibit is to have guests solve science challenges that reinforce what they are learning in school.

Guests will be able to walk among prehistoric animals and learn about the body’s systems and how they relate to each other. Digestion, circulation and the urinary tract are explained as guests journey through the belly of a two-story-tall Argentinosaurus.

In addition, guests may rent a uniquely-coded infrared transmitter to embark on missions and adventures throughout the exhibit. Guests become “research assistants” using the transmitter to communicate with a team of virtual paleontologists, scientists and technicians in field locations throughout the world as they search for clues about the prehistoric animals in the exhibit.

The adventure will soon go online, thanks to a partnership with the University of California, Irvine. Dino Quest will have an online game component that will supplement the science standards taught at the physical exhibit.

“Dino Quest is designed to encourage proactive learning of science concepts, not merely science facts,” said Janet Yamaguchi, Vice President of Education at Discovery Science Center. “Our exhibit examines predator and prey relationships, comparative anatomy, and how animals are designed for particular environments. By promoting an understanding of these science concepts, students can readily apply the information gained to subject areas beyond dinosaurs.”

Even the smallest visitor has an opportunity to get involved with the interactive soft play structures of the triceratops, ankylosaur and parasauralophus. Hands-on manipulatives and a slide built into the tail of the Argentinosaurus make this area complete.

Discovery Science Center admission is $12.95 for adults, $9.95 for children and seniors. Ages 2 and under, as well as Science Center members are admitted free. Rental of the Dino Quest infrared transmitter is $4 for members, $5 for non-members.

Discovery Science Center, located at 2500 N. Main St. in Santa Ana, Calif., is Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science fun. Guests can explore more than 100 hands-on science exhibits in eight themed areas: Discovery Stadium, Techno Arts, Air & Space, Perception, Dynamic Earth, Quake Zone, KidStation and Dino Quest.

Easily recognizable by its 10-story solar cube that towers over Interstate 5, Discovery Science Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information on annual memberships, group rates, special events, teacher workshops, sleepovers, birthday parties and more, call 714-542-CUBE or visit us online: www.discoverycube.org