Programs & Events

Micro World iLab Public Lab Classes

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Family Program
Workshop or Trip
Mar. 16, 2013 | Saturday, 10:00am
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Every 3rd Saturday of the month, 10:00am – 11:30am, unless otherwise noted.
Age varies by class topic and complexity. For minors under 16, they must be accompanied by a registered adult. For classes with younger children, given the technical nature of some of these classes, an adult child ratio of 1:2 is suggested.
Location: Nature Research Center - Micro World Investigate Lab - 3rd floor
$8 per person

Micro World Public Lab programs offer an opportunity to participate in science classes related to the Museum’s education and research programs, including topics in biology, botany, microbiology, chemistry, mycology and biotechnology.

These classes are especially useful for students looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals or extra credit, adults seeking to expand their knowledge of science, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!

Program Instructor: Deb Bailey, Co-coordinator for 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.

Upcoming Lab Classes:




March 16th, 2013, 10:00am – 11:30am
Requirements: Minimum age 10
Photosynthesis is one of the most important biological processes on earth – without it the food chain would fall apart. In this class you will design and conduct experiments which test a plant’s ability to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose and oxygen. Using state-of-the-art sensor equipment you will collect data that will allow you to determine the effects of various environmental changes, on the rate of photosynthesis. Special attention will be paid to experimental design and the importance of controls, dependent and independent variables, and testable hypotheses.



April 20th, 2013, 10:00am – 11:30pm
Requirements: Minimum age 10
What happens to that swab after a doctor takes a throat culture? How do bacteria grow and what do they look like? Are bacteria bad? According to researchers at the University of Georgia, there are more bacteria on the planet than stars in the Universe, and less than one percent live in animals, including humans. So maybe it is time to get to know these creatures.

In this class we delve into the mysteries of bacteria – where they live, what they do, how to identify them. Students will learn to perform a standard Gram Stain and use an oil immersion microscope. We will also discuss how bacteria affect our lives, from causing disease, to saving the planet.