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Lions and Dinos and Frogs, oh my! Go Extinct! is Go Fish evolved. Teaches humans 8 and up how to read evolutionary trees with gorgeous original artwork.
Lions and Dinos and Frogs, oh my! Go Extinct! is Go Fish evolved. Teaches humans 8 and up how to read evolutionary trees with gorgeous original artwork.
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DIY Go Extinct! is live! Another free resource for science fun

Posted by Ariel Marcy (Creator)
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Hey Backers,

Thanks so much for your support as we launched DIY Go Extinct! last month! The event was a roaring success!

We filled every computer in this Mac lab
We filled every computer in this Mac lab

Over 35 kids, parents, teachers, and scientists came and created one-of-a-kind Go Extinct! games featuring Australian marsupials, megafauna, flowers, dinosaurs, venomous snakes, and citizens of the Great Barrier Reef! (And now you can, too right here)

P.S. for those who love Easter eggs, you can find all 9 Australian floral emblems in the Flowering Plant tree. And yes, in the GBR tree you can find Nemo and Dory... and Bob Marley (twice!). 

The venomous snake tree was by far the most popular, which was perfect because we had world-renowned venomologist A/Prof. Bryan Fry as our keynote speaker! Prof. Fry stunned the room with his tales of adventure pursing the deadliest creatures in the world.

He's been bitten by 26 poisonous snakes and three stingrays - and, while deep in the Amazon jungle, survived a near-fatal scorpion sting
He's been bitten by 26 poisonous snakes and three stingrays - and, while deep in the Amazon jungle, survived a near-fatal scorpion sting

Tim Smith of Evidently So, my partner in creativity, set up a printer and with scalpel whirring, cut out everyone's custom cards and board to take home.

Playing a round of Go Extinct! classic as the custom games print out
Playing a round of Go Extinct! classic as the custom games print out

 Here are some of the attendee comments from the event: 

  • This is a GREAT game and I love that I can choose my own system.
  • Very original and amazing idea to increase the amount of kids learning about evolution.
  • The content is amazing, I feel like I learned way more than I would from a 'traditional' book. Also appreciated how intuitive the interface is.
  • There are a lot more creatures in the Great Barrier Reef than I ever imagined!
  • As a scientist, was very cool sitting next to a 7 year old, and talking about what we were doing.

So we think we achieved what we set out to do, which is to get science into more hands, younger hands, and impress in those accompanying minds that science is creative and awe-inspiring.

Thank you so much for making this event a reality. It has given us a great platform to keep spreading the word about this free resource and we have some articles in the works.

Please have a go yourselves and let me know what you think! 

Many thanks, 

Ariel

Big thank you to our grant partners, Advance Queensland and The US Embassy
Big thank you to our grant partners, Advance Queensland and The US Embassy

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