In our continued effort to provide the academic and scientific community with the finest in osteological replicas, we are proud to participate in local events in schools, universities and museums in Southern California as part of community outreach. Our goal is to inspire and motivate students and interested persons to pursue their interests in science by providing exposure to the world of bones and osteology. Knowledge of osteology and how the skeleton works to provide support for an organism is a fundamental skill important in many careers and disciplines, including biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, human biology, medicine, physical therapy, physiology, zoology, paleontology, forensic science and pathology. With over 2500 osteological replicas ranging from humans to komodo dragons to fossil hominids, we hope to inspire interest in the form and function of the skeletal system.
California State Science Fair - 2016
The 65th annual California State Science Fair, featuring over 900 of California’s brightest students from middle school to high school, was held on May 23-24, 2016 at the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles. Students competed for top honors spanning 22 categories ranging from alternative energy to zoology in two age divisions and were judged by a pool of 400 scientists and engineers from the private sector and higher education. Winners were selected from each category in addition to a number of honorable mentions. Judges selected projects that had followed the scientific method with clear hypotheses, solid research methodologies and conclusions.
Bone Clones Research Specialist Michelle Tabencki was a Recognition Judge in the Junior Division for the Mammalian Biology category and presented the Bone Clones Research Award to Aneal Singh. His project examined the ratio of straining between the quadriceps muscle and the patellar tendon when bending the knee at various angles. He created a spectacular artificial human leg using wood planks, hinges, a 2 inch spring “quadriceps muscle” and a guitar string “patellar tendon”. This artificial leg was able to bend and demonstrate the angle at which the greatest strain was placed on the patellar tendon. Not an easy task. Congratulations to Aneal and all the inspiring participants at the Fair!
Career Day at LA Academy Middle School
Bone Clones was proud to be a part of LA Academy Middle School's Career Day event on March 10, 2016. Professionals from various disciplines such as graphic design, journalism, law enforcement, computer programming, and museum studies spoke to the kids about how they came into their careers. Research Specialist Michelle Tabencki brought Bone Clones skulls and discussed the differences in teeth between carnivores and herbivores and how to tell the difference between human male and female skulls. But the most popular skull by far that the students enjoyed was the Gaboon viper skull!
Magnolia Science Academy 5
On Friday September 25, 2015, Bone Clones was thrilled to participate in the first assembly of the school year at the Magnolia Science Academy 5 in Reseda, California. This facility is located on the Reseda High School campus with approximately 150 students in Grades 6 - 8. This public charter school is dedicated to college preparatory education with an emphasis on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math). Dedicated faculty engage student’s learning through various innovative and exciting activities, such as use of Khan Academy for study skill classes, robotics clubs and competitions, and field trips to the Getty Villa. Bone Clones Research Specialist Michelle Tabencki demonstrated how osteology can help to identify skeletal specimens. Students were shown how to tell the difference between male and female human skulls, which skeletal features to look for to differentiate coyote and fox skulls, and how to identify skeletal pathology. They responded enthusiastically when encouraged to feel their own skulls to help understand skeletal features. Bone Clones® osteological reproductions are a unique asset in bringing science to the classroom, whether in lessons of comparative anatomy, forensic investigation or biological diversity.
California State Science Fair - 2015
The 64th annual California State Science Fair, featuring over 900 of California’s brightest students from middle school to high school, was held on May 18-19, 2015 at the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles. Students competed for top honors spanning 22 categories ranging from alternative energy to zoology in two age divisions and were judged by a pool of 400 scientists and engineers from the private sector and higher education. Winners were selected from each category in addition to a number of honorable mentions. Judges selected projects that had followed the scientific method with clear hypotheses, solid research methodologies and conclusions.
Bone Clones Research Specialist Michelle Tabencki was a judge in the Junior Division for the Mammalian Biology category and presented the Bone Clones Special Recognition Award to Grace J. Davis for her research in reaction time and how it is affected by age. Congratulations to Grace and all the inspiring participants at the Fair.
California State University, Los Angeles Forensic Symposium
On April 10, 2015 Bone Clones participated in the Forensic Symposium at CSULA. This symposium was organized by the students in Forensic Science Student Association, an organization uniting the forensic disciplines across CSULA and featured presentations by professors and professionals working in forensic science in Los Angeles. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mark Fajardo and Senior Criminalist Margaret Kaleuati, both from the LA County Coroners Office, presented topics in trauma analysis and dealing with celebrity deaths. Dr. Katherine Roberts, Director of the California Forensic Science Institute and Dr. David Raymond, professor of mechanical engineering and biomechanics spoke about encouraging students to expand their knowledge in forensic science and servicing the community. Bone Clones featured products useful in teaching osteology, trauma analysis and skeletal pathology.
LA Academy Middle School Career Day
On March 18, 2015 Bone Clones was proud to participate in a Career Day event at LA Academy Middle School in Los Angeles. This public middle school enrolls up to 1500 students, grades 6th-8th with 17 students per teacher. The dedication of the principal and staff is reflected in the expanding Honors program and in students going on to attend prestigious schools, such as Harvard-Westlake and UCLA. This Career Day event featured professionals from various fields, speaking about their experiences in education, internships and career paths. Bone Clones Research Specialist Michelle Tabencki encouraged students to consider unique academic interests and career options, such as osteology.