Education

Spring Treks

March–May 2014 Educator Treks

Educator Trek Registration Form (PDF) – Complete, print and mail this form to register for Educator Treks. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and/or mailed receipt. Workshop details will be sent via email one to two weeks prior to the workshop.

NASA Educator Trek: Rev Up Math with Real World Problems

Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $25 deposit (deposit will be returned at workshop, please send separate check if registering for multiple workshops)

Start your engines! Engage students in real-world mathematics and incorporate standards-based hands-on activities to make mathematics challenging and fun. Learn about tires and air pressure as you calculate the effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle and racecar tires in the session ‘Measure Up and Calculate’. Use math to interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecar spoilers in ‘May the Force Uplift You..or Not!’. Test the variables that affect cars' stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered race car and maneuver through different angles to see force in action in ‘Newton’s Angle on Force and Motion’. Design a capsule to land on Mars and see its effectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in ‘Drag Race to Mars Engineering Design Challenge’. 

GIS Mapping in your School

Visual World Investigate Lab, Nature Research Center, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $25 deposit (deposit will be returned at workshop, please send separate check if registering for multiple workshops)

This workshop seeks to introduce a powerful spatial mapping tool known as GIS, or “Geographic Information Systems." Participants will learn map interpretation, geospatial data collection, and basic GIS techniques through field sampling and analysis of real data with researchers from the museum. We will also explore the numerous free GIS resources available to educators for implementation across multiple disciplines.

Secrets of the Swamp

Roanoke River near Jamesville, NC
Date: Saturday, March 29 (depart Raleigh at 8:30 a.m.)-Sunday, March 30, 2014
Cost: $75 (includes canoe rental, three meals, basic camping gear, camping platform fee)

Canoe and camp in a North Carolina swamp forest along the majestic Roanoke River. Spend the night on a camping platform listening to a cacophony of Barred Owls and other creatures of the darkness. During the day we will explore a bottomland hardwood swamp ecosystem, a critical habitat for fish, neotropical migratory birds, and other wildlife from river otters to black bears.

Amped Up Amphibians

Various sites near New Bern, NC
Date: Friday, April 11 (depart Raleigh at 3:45 p.m.)-Sunday, April 13, 2014 
Cost: $150 (includes transportation, lodging, breakfasts and lunches, classroom materials including 2 field guides)
Bring your boots and listening ears and get ready to immerse yourself in some of the many habitats that are home to NC amphibians. Learn about the life cycles, food webs, and behaviors of these important bio-indicators. Explore different techniques scientists use to study amphibians. Practice frog call identification in the evenings, which you can use to participate in various citizen science projects like FrogWatch and NC CASP. Discuss ways to get your students involved in amphibian conservation! 

Butterfly Pinning and Backyard Bug Collecting — Spring

Natural World Investigate Lab, Nature Research Center, Raleigh, NC
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Cost: $35 (includes insect resource manual, pinning board, butterfly display box, numerous exotic butterfly specimens)

Prepare, pin and mount a variety of spectacular tropical butterflies. Learn the various techniques used to catch, preserve and mount these and other fascinating arthropods. Explore the possibilities of insect collecting in your own backyard.

Spring in the Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Haywood County, NC
Friday, May 2 (depart Raleigh at 3:45 pm)–Sunday, May 4, 2014
Cost: $75** (includes lodging, some meals and transportation to and from Raleigh)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world-renowned for its diversity of wildflowers and salamanders. Explore cove forests and stream-side habitats for salamanders as well as the blooms of spring such as trillium, foamflower, mayapple and violets. Learn techniques for studying salamanders and explore the fascinating life histories of the mountain’s spring wildflowers, from pollination to seed dispersal. Moderately strenuous hiking is likely.
**The cost of this Trek is reduced due to a generous gift through the Friends of the Smokies. Due to this reduction of costs, Friends of the Museum discounts are unavailable.

Educator Trek Registration Form (PDF) – Complete, print and mail this form to register for Educator Treks. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and/or mailed receipt. Workshop details will be sent via email one to two weeks prior to the workshop.