Education

Armpit and Belly Button Biodiversity

Location: 
Interactive Video Conferencing
Dates Available: 
Year round
Times Available: 
Wednesdays; between 8:30am and 10:30am
Type of School: 
Home School,
Private,
Public
Grade Level: 
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade
Class Size: 
minimum 12, maximum 35
Month: 
January,
February,
March,
April,
May,
June,
July,
August,
September,
October,
November,
December
Requirements: 
Programs must be scheduled 6 weeks in advance.
Fee: 
Programs are free to North Carolina schools, with the exception of return shipping costs of teaching materials. Out of state schools pay an additional $65 program fee.

Meet Dr. Julie Horvath or Dr. Julie Urban and learn about their research with belly buttons and armpits. What wildlife lives on our bodies? Swab your teacher’s or principal’s armpit and belly button and see what is living inside! Send us the swabs and we will culture them on bacterial plates and the students can see some of the microbial critters that call their teacher or principal “home.”  Students will learn about the diversity of wildlife that lives on us, as well as how scientists identify and study these species.

S.M.A.R.T.S. PROGRAM (Scientists Making Answers Relevant for Teachers and Students.)  The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is pleased to announce the SMARTS Program, which allows students to interact with scientists and learn about their cutting-edge research. Individual programs are 30 minutes long and support the North Carolina curriculum. Programs must be scheduled at least 6 weeks ahead of time.

Registration: Schools must have some form of videoconferencing equipment or software to participate. Programs must be scheduled 6 weeks in advance.
On Line Registration Form:  http://naturalsciences.org/form/distance-learning-registration

For more information about the SMARTS programs contact Tamara Poles, Coordinator of Virtual Education, at 919.707.9277 or tamara.poles@naturalsciences.org.


 

 

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