Science Thursdays at the Museum

The Nature Research Center is open late every Thursday until 9 pm.  Science cafes, beginner science classes, special programming and much more!

March 26, 2015, April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015

  • Science Trivia!
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    What’s cooler than absolute zero? Find out at Science Trivia nights at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, where questions feature a mix of science facts, current news, pop culture and scientific discoveries. Held in the new wing's Daily Planet Cafe on the first Thursday of every month, this is a great opportunity to mingle with friends, compete for prizes and bragging rights ... and perhaps even learn something cool.
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  • Getting Your Kids Started in Astronomy
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    Learn the basic areas of introducing your kids to astronomy.  This class is targeted to parents, grandparents, etc. of children from 5 years old to teenagers.  We will specially address the following areas:

April 8, 2015

  • A Mountain of Weather
    10:00 am
    Open
    Fee: $20 per parent/child pair $10 each additional child

    A huge air mass roles in from the ocean and slams into a mountain.  What will happen next?  In this class we will learn how local weather is influenced by the presence of a mountain and how these effects shape the lives of animals and plants in the area.
    Students will learn about adiabatic rates, dew points, cloud formation, orographic lifting and natural phenomenon like the Chinook and Santa Anna winds.  Students will use simple calculations to predict how temperature and humidity change from one side of the mountain to the other.

April 9, 2015

  • Computer Programming for Beginners
    6:30 pm
    Open
    Fee: $10 per participant. Friends of the Museum members $8.

    Have you ever wondered how a computer program works? Do you want to make your own computer games and websites? Get an introduction into the exciting world of computer programming with Computer Programming for Beginners. This course is designed to introduce basic programming skills to anyone interested in programming using the free and easy-to-use development environment Microsoft Small Basic. Participants will learn how to translate English into a computer programming language and create simple graphics.

April 9, 2015

April 16, 2015

  • Game Night!
    6:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    From Ocean-o-poly, Science Bingo and Pandemic to such Throwback-Thursday favorites as Mousetrap, Operation, Clue and Candyland, it’s all about having a great time with friends and family.
    It’ll be casual and free-flowing, from 6–8:30pm every third Thursday in the Micro World iLab. No registration is required, just come join us and have fun!

April 16, 2015

April 23, 2015

  • Robot Lab
    6:30 pm
    Open
    Fee: 1 person = $10, group of 2 = $18, group of 3 = $24, group of 4 = $28. Groups may be comprised of 2, 3, or a maximum of 4 participants. Please note, robots are not for take home. You will receive plans to make your own robot at home.
  • Preparing for Summer’s Harvest
    6:30 pm
    Open
    Fee: Minimum age 12. Minors aged 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult and the adult-child pair will work together as a team. (Adult-child pairs pay one participant fee.)

April 23, 2015

  • Science Cafe: Science Snapshots
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    Did you know that groundbreaking research is happening right here in our own backyard? Join us for an evening of “Lightning Talks” on a variety of scientific topics. From neurobiology to forest conservation to chimpanzee intelligence, local young researchers will discuss their favorite discoveries and give us a glimpse into new discoveries happening in the Triangle.
     

April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015

  • Science Cafe: Hubble at 25
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    The Hubble Space Telescope is turning 25 on April 24, 2015. Over the past 25 years, Hubble has opened the world's eyes to the solar system, the galaxy, and the far reaches of the Universe.

May 7, 2015

  • Terrific Terrariums
    6:30 pm
    Open
    Fee: $30 per participant; $25 Friends of the Museum.

    Do you love house plants but hate watering them?  A terrarium might be the perfect solution!  These tiny gardens under glass started in the 19th century as a way to bring plants back from expeditions.  Terrariums filled with tropical plants are like miniature jungles and make a great place to keep a tiny dinosaur.

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