Education

Rodent Robbers: How Thieving Rodents Help Forest Trees Regenerate

Location: 
Interactive Video Conferencing
Dates Available: 
Year round
Times Available: 
Mondays; 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 8, maximum 30
Month: 
January,
February,
March,
April,
May,
June,
July,
August,
September,
October,
November
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. Roland Kays, and learn about his research on rodents. Rodents, like squirrels and agoutis, can cause harm to trees by eating their seeds, but they can also help by burying seeds in scattered caches.  New research has shown that these seeds don't always stay put. Surveillance cameras in the forest and small tracking devices on the seeds implicate robbing rodents in a process that actually helps the regeneration of new forests. Activity: Prior to this program, we will send you materials so your class can observe the behavior of the wildlife at your school. Students will share their observations with Dr. Kays. Note: this program normally uses peanuts. Please notify Tamara Poles if a student in your class has a peanut allergy.

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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