Programs & Events

Family Science Investigation: Microscopic Life

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Family Program
Oct. 9, 2012 | Tuesday, 10:00am
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 10am-12pm
Minimum age 10 (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Location: Nature Research Center - Micro World Investigate Lab
$16/parent-child pair; $8 for each additional child

The microscopic world is teeming, alive, and always on the move. Just because we don’t see them, doesn’t mean there aren’t constant life-or-death battles taking place all around us. They are often just tucked out of sight.

In this class you will learn how to accurately use a compound microscope so as to obtain the best results even at magnifications of 400X. This will be followed by instruction in making wet mounts and some basic information on the types of microscopic pond life we will be exploring – protozoans, crustaceans, nematodes, flatworms and algae. The bulk of the class is spent in hands-on exploration of the live cultures we maintain in the Micro World Investigate Lab, as well as natural objects and fixed or stained slides.

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: Christy Flint and Deb Bailey, Coordinators of the Micro World Investigate Lab

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

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