Programs & Events

Family Science Investigation: Fungi & Forests – The Chemistry of Forest Biology

Program Number: 
452
Program Type: 
Family Program
Date: 
Feb. 18, 2014 | Tuesday, 10:00am
Multiple Times: 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014; 10:00am - 12:00pm
Requirements: 
Minimum age 11(minors must be accompanied by a paying adult).
Location: Nature Research Center - Micro World Investigate Lab- 3rd floor
Fee: 
$20 for parent/child pair and $10 for each additional child.

The language of biology is chemistry, and this has never been more true than in the forest. How does the health of a forest depend on chemicals produced in half-hidden mushrooms and fungi? And are all fungi this useful? How do these same chemicals work to clean up toxic waste sites and enable biofuel production? Explore the world of fungal enzymes, what they are, how they are produced, how they are used, and how to measure their activity. Lab procedures include learning about microarrays and spectrophotometry, and using both to measure the presence and activity of fungal enzymes that the student will extract from mushrooms. 

Family Science Investigations programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in monthly science classes related to Museum research, including topics in ecology, paleontology, geology and biology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!

Program Instructor: Deb Bailey and Christy Flint, Coordinators for Micro World investigate Lab.

Registration information: Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form with payment.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.

All classes are made available through the generosity of a grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation.