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Student Programs

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Title Program Type Description Dates Available

Help Make Science Happen

earn about the natural world while collecting scientific data on the Prairie Ridge grounds. October 2015 - May 2016

Climate Change

iLab Learn the basic science and research methods used by scientists to understand how and why the climate is changing and what that means for our world and our future. October 2015 - May 2016

Spy Chemistry of the American Revolution

iLab Enter the world of historical espionage and learn from an actual event, the Battle of New York, how Colonial spies used the principles of chemistry, geology and biology, and the subtleties of language to ensure their messages got safely to the intended pa October 2015 - May 2016

Bones & Muscles of the Body

Curiosity Classes In this class, students will learn about the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body while exploring those systems in other animal groups. October 2015 - May 2016

Virtual Science Sessions (Informal Learning Centers)

Interactive Video Conferencing Connect your group live with a Museum educator or scientist. These sessions are designed to meet the needs of informal learning centers such as public libraries, after school programs, and hospitals. Available year round

Dirt is Alive! – Exploring Dirt With DNA & RNA Sequencing

Interactive Video Conferencing Send us a sample of dirt from your school and we will tell you what’s living in it and how organisms such as people depend on soil for survival. Students will also learn how scientists traditionally studied these microbes by culturing, but also, how and w Year round

Dirt is Alive!

Interactive Video Conferencing Send us a sample of dirt from your school and we will tell you what’s living in it and how organisms such as people depend on soils for survival. Year round

Human Impacts on Aquatic Systems: Stream Study

Study how urbanization and other human impacts influence aquatic systems by sampling water quality in our stream. October 2015 - May 2016

Human Impacts on Aquatic Systems: Pond Study

Study how urbanization and other human impacts influence aquatic systems by sampling for aquatic insects in our pond. October 2015 - May 2016

Mapping Species Using GIS

iLab Use GIS to predict population distribution of threatened species in North Carolina. October 2015 - May 2016

pH: The Secret Alliance of Kidneys and Lungs

iLab Investigate how two very different organs, the kidneys and the lungs, work together to keep the human body in its narrow, life-sustaining pH range. October 2015 - May 2016

Human Body Systems

iLab Using models and hands-on activities, explore five major human body systems (digestive, nervous, circulatory, excretory and respiratory) and learn how each system functions to maintain life. October 2015 - May 2016

Properties of Matter

iLab Delve into the properties of matter by doing experiments with density, buoyancy, mass and density. October 2015 - May 2016

Soils, Seeds, and Plants

Explore properties of soils: water retention, texture and color. October 2015 - May 2016

Cycles of Life at Prairie Ridge

Search out baby birds, tadpoles, flowers or insects and learn how they develop. October 2015 - May 2016

What Lives Here

Explore the prairie and its woodland edge looking for signs of life. September, October 2015 & April, May 2016

Jurassic Pork! Dinos, the Other White Meat

Interactive Video Conferencing In this program, students will learn how to extract DNA, analyze DNA results, and compare morphologies to determine the T-Rex’s closest relative! Only offered September 1-June 1

Explore Armpit and Belly Button Microbes with DNA Sequencing

Interactive Video Conferencing Meet Dr. Julie Horvath or Dr. Julie Urban and learn how we use DNA sequencing to identify the “wildlife” living on our bodies. Year round

Armpit and Belly Button Biodiversity

Interactive Video Conferencing Meet Dr. Julie Horvath or Dr. Julie Urban and learn about their research on the “wildlife” living on our bodies. Year round

Field Biology is an Adventure

Interactive Video Conferencing Dr. Roland Kays is the world's expert on kinkajous. Year round

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