Moorpark Mammoth Brought to 'Life'

Five California Lutheran University students are creating an interactive DVD and Web site to educate students and the public about the 2005 discovery of the Moorpark Mammoth, the second most complete southern mammoth skeleton in North America.

Senior John Atkinson of Newbury Park and spring graduates Josh Banday of Los Angeles, Bret Bays and Chris Meierding of Ventura, and Joey Lang of Simi Valley are designing the multimedia educational tools for the city of Moorpark under the guidance of Tim Hengst, Director of CLU's Multimedia Department. The students are working with the science education company Amuseum in Orange County.

The city of Moorpark donated the mammoth to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The DVD and Web site are part of Moorpark's plans to help in the promotion of the mammoth, which was discovered during the development of a housing project.

The project will feature games, activities and information presented with three-dimensional animation and video clips. Working with CLU education professor Michael McCambridge to tie the program to state standards, the students are designing the DVD for use in middle school classrooms. It will incorporate math, biology, geology, geography, art and debate skills.

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