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Idaho Museum of Natural History to raise funds for Digital Sculpting Studio during Idaho Gives on May 2

April 26, 2019

POCATELLO –The Idaho Museum of Natural History on Idaho State University Pocatello campus has partnered with Idaho Gives to raise funds for this summer’s Digital Sculpting Studio.

Idaho Gives, occurring on May 2, is a 24-hour online fundraising event established to celebrate the commitment of local nonprofits to make Idaho a better place to live, work, play and serve.  This year, Idaho Gives unites donors and the IMNH in a fun and engaging initiative to support youth learning. 

The Digital Sculpting Studio will allow students ages 14-17 to learn the fundamentals of computer graphics software ZBrush and the museum’s workflow for creating realistic models of prehistoric animals that once roamed Idaho. The students will also be given first-hand knowledge about the anatomy and life of the North American Lion and Prehistoric Llama by staff paleontologists. 

Students create, 3D print and exhibit a North American Lion (Panthera atrox) and a prehistoric Llama (Hemiauchenia macrocephala) with 3D experts from the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory. This free Digital Sculpting Studio will take place from July 8 - 12 and July 15 -19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is an optional third week for helping to build a museum exhibit, August 5 - 9.

To make a donation supporting the Studio, visit https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/idaho-museum-of-natural-history and donate. Gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $3,000 by Idaho Museum of Natural History’s extremely generous donors, Anne Voilleque and Louise Nelson, doubling Idaho Gives donations on May 2.

People who are interested in having a 14-17 year-old attend the Digital Sculpting Studio can apply for the studio by visiting imnh.isu.edu.  A maximum of 12 students will be admitted to the studio and applicants must write a short essay on why they would like to attend the Studio. Contact the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory at (208) 282-5420 or at pruijess@isu.edu for more information.

 

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