Education

Explore Armpit and Belly Button Microbes with DNA Sequencing

Location: 
Interactive Video Conferencing
Dates Available: 
Year round
Times Available: 
Fridays; between 8:30am and 10:30am
Type of School: 
Home School,
Private,
Public
Grade Level: 
9th Grade,
10th Grade
Class Size: 
minimum 8, maximum 30
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 how they use DNA sequencing to identify the wildlife that lives on our bodies. Swab your teacher’s or principal’s armpit and belly button and we will grow these bacteria in the lab and students can see some of the microbial critters that call their teacher or principal “home.”  In addition to learning about the great diversity of microbes that live in association with humans, the program will address the question of “How do scientists know what these microbes are?”  Students will learn how scientists traditionally answered this question by microbial culturing, but also, how and why we are currently using DNA sequencing for explorations of bacterial diversity. This program will require the swabs to be returned to the Museum at least a week prior to the date of the program to allow time for cultures to be grown and photographed.

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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