Boise, ID - Chevron has partnered with the Discovery Center of Idaho to introduce a brand new, long-term Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex) exhibition set to open Friday, November 22nd, 2019. Chevron, the Presenting Sponsor of this 1,000 square-foot TINKER THE T-REX exhibition, has donated $75,000 to the Discovery Center of Idaho in support of building and installation costs.

Tinker the T. rex, a cast of the most complete juvenile T. rex skeleton found to date, will become a part of the Discovery Center’s permanent collection. Individual STEM based exhibits will also be featured, providing visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore natural history, prehistoric fossils, and the build and prowess of a young T. rex.

The Discovery Center’s Exhibits team will design and produce this exhibition’s individual hands-on exhibits in the Micron Innovation Lab within the Center. Construction will be underway within the next few months. 

Teacher Resource Packets, developed by the Discovery Center’s Education team specifically for the exhibition, will be available for all teachers participating in a field trip to the Discovery Center. These packets will support curriculum integration into participating classrooms across Idaho. 

The Discovery Center’s STEM Field Trip Program annually supports over 225 field trips to approximately 11,000 participants. The goal of this program is to provide a unique STEM learning opportunity to Idaho students who may not otherwise have the opportunity. During a STEM Field Trip, students are actively and directly involved in STEM exploration. Each exhibit station allows for hypothesizing, experimentation, and drawing conclusions (a replica of the scientific method) as students explore and interact with the diverse exhibits at the Center with their classmates and teachers.

Eric Miller, Executive Director at Discovery Center of Idaho: “Everybody loves dinosaurs, and T. rex is the biggest star of them all. With generous support from Chevron, this engaging, hands-on exhibition will set a new standard at the Center in terms of content, design, interactivity and wow! I can’t wait for the unveiling!” 

Blair Blackwell, Corporate Affairs Manager at Chevron: “Chevron is committed to the communities where we live and operate. In Idaho, that means supporting partners like the Discovery Center that promote STEM learning. Chevron is a strong supporter of STEM education because we rely on STEM professionals in everything we do. With this exciting exhibition, we hope to attract Idahoans of all ages to the Discovery Center so that we can spark more interest in STEM careers.” 


TINKER THE T-REX exhibition is made possible by our presenting sponsor, Chevron. Chevron believes effective education including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will foster bright young talent for the future workforce and healthy economic growth for the country. Together, we can help advance STEM education for today’s youth.

About the Center 

The Discovery Center is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization. The museum is an interactive science center featuring exhibits and educational programs that offer authentic, sensory experiences making science, technology, engineering, and math tangible for people of all ages and from all walks of life. As Idaho’s only hands-on science center, the Discovery Center creates a community that is more scientifically literate, curious, and empowered to explore. 

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Admission prices will be FREE for members. For non-members it will be $18 for adults 18+, $17 for seniors 65+, $12 for youth 2-17, FREE for children under 2. We’re open 10am to 4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday and 12pm to 4:30pm on Sundays.





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We encourage people of all ages to actively participate in activities that foster lifelong STEM learning. Educational programs like Young Discoverers and summer camps offer hands-on exploration, and we get to see adults rekindle their passion for the sciences during special events and exhibitions. And that, that spark of learning and excitement, is why we do what we do.

There are many ways that you can play a part in helping the Discovery Center of Idaho remain a viable, valued asset to our community. Donations from charitable individuals and corporate sponsors help fund special programs, new exhibits and more. Our volunteers, who give selflessly of their time and knowledge, enhance our guests' experiences. And you, the members of our community, play an important role when you purchase an admission ticket or membership. With your support, we can preserve and promote our mission.



We host a variety of events here at the Discovery Center of Idaho: Young Discoverers, Adult Nights, and friendly challenges among members and frequent visitors. No matter the age or activity, we have a lot of fun and are certain we have something on our calendar sure to entertain and create lasting memories.

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Your gift impacts every aspect of the Discovery Center. It boosts access for Idaho students, creates STEM educational opportunities, guarantees fresh exhibitions, delivers memorable learning, and inspires future career paths in STEM fields for Idaho’s next generation. Your financial support makes a galactic difference. 

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