Education

Explore Armpit and Belly Button Microbes with DNA Sequencing

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: 
9th Grade,
10th 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 how we use DNA sequencing to identify the “wildlife” living 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 our bodies “home.” Students will learn how and why DNA sequencing is used for explorations of bacterial diversity.

S.M.A.R.T.S. PROGRAM (Grades 3-12) (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 Science Essential Standards.

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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