The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is pleased to announce our new additions to our Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) program!! IVC programs arefree to schools in North Carolina, with the exception of the return postage for select programs. Our new programs are curriculum correlated and target Elementary, Middle, and High School students! Please see our list of new offerings, below! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tamara Poles at tamara.poles@naturalsciences.
LIVE FROM THE MUSEUM: (Elementary)
These 50 minute programs are adapted to grade level and curriculum correlated to NC Essential Standards.
Animal Tracks and Signs Learn how to “read” animal tracks and signs that are created by the common wild animals all around us.
Coastal Carolina Explore the habitats and inhabitants of North Carolina’s Coastal Region.
Discovering Dinosaurs What is a fossil? How do we use fossils to develop an understanding of dinosaurs and how they lived?
Buds, Bark and Berries: A Tree Program Explore the parts of a tree, their function and a variety of adaptations trees exhibit.
S.M.A.R.T.S. Program (Elementary, Middle, and High School)
(Scientists Making Answers Relevant for Teachers and Students.)
The S.M.A.R.T.S. program allows students to interact with a scientist and learn about their research. The programs are 30-45 minutes long and are offered on specified days, between 8:30am and 10:30am. They are interactive and support the North Carolina curriculum.
Rodent Robbers: How Thieving Rodents Help Forest Trees Regenerate
Meet Dr. Roland Kays and learn about his research on Rodents and how they help regenerate new forests. Learn how Dr. Kays tracks seed dispersal using tracking devices and surveillance cameras. Prior to this program, we will send materials so your class can observe the behavior of the wildlife at your school! Students will share their observations.
Field Biology is an Adventure
Dr. Roland Kays is the world’s expert on kinkajous. Learn how Dr. Kays went from being a rugrat exploring the outdoors, to a scientist climbing trees in the rainforest, and what he discovered about kinkajous in the process.
Arthropods of Our Homes and Schools
Meet Dr. Michelle Trautwein and learn about her research in entomology. Her research focuses on the insect biodiversity of our homes or classrooms! Activity: Students will have the opportunity to explore their classrooms to find and identify six-legged creatures. The students can then share pictures with the scientists prior to the program.
Flies are some of the most incredible and under-appreciated animals on the planet. Did you know we wouldn’t have chocolate without flies? Learn more wonderful and fascinating facts about flies during this fun program! Activity: Students have the opportunity to explore their classrooms to find and identify our winged friends. Students can share photos with the scientists.
Armpit & Belly Button Biodiversity
Meet Dr. Julie Horvath or Dr. Julie Urban and learn about their research on the “wildlife” that lives on our bodies? Swab your teacher’s or principal’s armpit and/or belly button and see what is living inside! Send us the swabs and we will culture them prior to the program so students can see the microbial critters that call their teacher or principal “home.”
Explore Armpit and Belly Button Microbes with DNA Sequencing
Meet Dr. Julie Horvath or Dr. Julie Urban and learn how we use DNA sequencing to identify the “wildlife” that lives on our bodies. Swab your teacher’s or principal’s armpit and/or belly button and we will grow the bacteria in the lab so students can see the microbial critters that call their teacher or principal “home.” Students will learn how and why DNA sequencing is used for explorations of bacterial diversity.