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 firstname.lastname@example.org .