Discover fossils

Dr Tanja Reinhardt

  • Duration: 60 min
  • Language: English
  • Ages: 5 Years +
  • Date: February 05, 2021 18:00
  • Recorded: Live session with recording available afterwards
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Take a tour into the past and explore the mystique creatures and plants that once lived on Earth. Discover where one can find fossils and have fun making your own “fake fossil”. Learn how they form and how scientists use them to unlock secrets of the past.

The participants will make their own “fake” fossil.

The workshop introduces the learners to the concept of fossilization. They will learn how fossils form , in what kind of rocks we can find fossils and what scientist can learn from fossils.

What the participants will need:
• Modeling clay or Play Dough
• 1 cup Plaster of Paris
• ½ cup water
• A small paper or polystyrene cup
• Leaves or plastic dinosaurs, bugs, shells or twigs
• Old large yoghurt pot or bowel to mix plaster in
• An old spoon, or plastic spoon
• Paper towels


Tanja Reinhardt is the Science Centre Coordinator at the Science and Technology Education Centre at the University of KwaZulu Natal (STEC@UKZN). She was instrumental in establishing STEC in 2008 and has grown it from a science museum to a vibrant educational centre for various levels. Apart from developing and delivering workshops she also has a passion for science shows. Tanja’s love for rocks, gadgets and experiments makes her a frequent guest at events such as the Royal Show, ZulFest and SciFest Africa. Her Germanic sense of humour and her passion for geology won her awards as “best workshop presenter” at SciFest Africa in 2013, 2017 and 2019. Tanja holds a Diploma and a PhD in mineralogy from the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany.