Cool Schools: Students Work With Fossils At Smithsonian Museum

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) --- To become one of the scientists of the future, sometimes you have to learn lessons about what took place millions of years ago. Some young people are doing just that at the Smithsonian's Museum of National History in Washington, D.C. 

Tiffany Munos-Cegarra may be the only teenager but she get to work with some of the most talented scientists in the world there. She is working with ancient mollusks found in New Jersey. Handling something more than 60 million years old can be tricky, she told us. 

"You have to be delicate because they can fall apart," shared Tiffany.

She is part of the paid internship Youth Engagement Through Science (or Y.E.S.). Y.E.S. students can connect with up to 500 scientists working with the Smithsonian.

Dr. Jocelyn Sessa with Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History said, "What's cool about Y.E.S. is that we're getting high school students, students at a younger age to see that science is something that can do and science is fun and interesting."

It translates to the younger students as well. The Smithsonian's Shari Rosenstein Werb said, "Young people are here with their families and they peek in the window and they see somebody like Tiffany, working on bones and excavating and a young person will look at them and say 'wow, she is just a few years older than I am. I can do that!'"

Well, as long you're careful: Remember these artifacts are tens of millions of years old.


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