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!

July 30, 2015

  • Marine Vertebrates Dissection Class
    6:00 pm
    Full
    Fee: $25/person (includes all specimens and supplies needed). Children 9 - 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Adult participant, and max. of 1 child age 9 -15, can work together on one dissection kit as a team. Price is based on dissection materials.

    Participants will dissect one bony fish and one cartilaginous fish (dogfish or skate) and examine internal as well as external structures.  Comparisons will be made between the different types of fish, their structures, why they differ, and how they are classified.
    Program Instructor: Deb Bailey & Christy Flint, Coordinators of the Micro World Investigate Lab
    Registration information: Program is full. *Please note our registration system is not compatible with smartphones.

July 30, 2015

  • Getting Started in Astronomy
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    We cover the basics of getting started in Astronomy.  Targeted to adults of any age with an interest in learning more about astronomy, we will specifically address the following areas:

  • Science Cafe: A Cure for HIV?
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    Join us to learn about the exciting cutting edge research being conducted at UNC to find a cure for HIV infection.

August 6, 2015

  • Science of Soap
    6:30 pm
    Open
    Fee: $20/person or parent/child pair (includes all supplies needed). Children 9 - 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Adult participant and a maximum of 1 child age 9 -15, can work together as a team. Price is based on soap-making materials.

    What makes it possible to transform “fat” into something more aesthetically pleasing – a sweet-smelling, moisturizing soap? Join us to learn the science behind this miraculous chemical reaction.  In addition, everyone will make up their own batch of soap, which can then be taken home for curing and use.
    Program Instructors: Deb Bailey & Christy Flint, Coordinators of the Micro World Investigate Lab

  • Primitive Lighting
    6:30 pm
    Open
    Fee: $20 per participant. Friends of the Museum Members $15.

    Before electric lights, the darkness was kept at bay in creative ways.  Join us to investigate the various light sources of the past.
    Participants will make and take home beeswax candles, oil lamps, and native rush lamps.

August 6, 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.
    Science Thursdays

  • Weather Forecasting Accuracy Panel
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    By all accounts, Yogi Berra had it right. “It's tough to make predictions,” he said, “especially about the future.” But through the use of lightning climatology, atmospheric modeling and more robust numerical data, meteorologists have been making great strides in improving the accuracy of their forecasts.

August 13, 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.

  • Insects in Your Backyard
    6:30 pm
    Open
    Fee: $10 per participant. Friends of the Museum members $8.

    All summer long you see weird and interesting insects crawling, creeping and flying around your backyard.   Wouldn’t it be great to know what these cool creatures are and how they live? Join entomologist Dr. Colin Brammer in the lab as we examine live and preserved specimens using dissecting scopes, field guides and magnifying glasses. Learn the names and life stages of common insects of the backyard and garden. Participants will receive their own bug box to continue exploring the world of insects at home.

August 13, 2015

August 20, 2015

  • Classical Drawing: Butterflies
    6:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: $35 for the series ($25 for Friends of the Museum). Supplies not included.

    Butterflies are the garden flower of the insect world. Their beauty depends in part on their unique form. Students will examine Museum specimens in detail and learn simple steps to a realistic drawing. Supplies NOT provided (students bring their own).

  • 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!

August 20, 2015

  • Science Cafe: Linking the Environment to Financial Risk
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    Environmental uncertainty poses serious financial risks to society, with droughts, floods, extreme temperatures and violent storms imposing global costs that approach $500 billion per year. How we manage these risks is a question of increasing concern, particularly as they are expected to grow in coming years. While structural forms of mitigation (i.e. levees, reservoirs) will certainly continue to play a role in limiting the financial impacts of environmental events, these are costly assets whose value is rarely realized.

August 27, 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.

August 27, 2015

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

    Rabies is a deadly viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, particularly mammals. In North Carolina, raccoons and bats serve as the source for most rabies viruses. These species may infect other animals such as skunks, red and gray foxes, coyotes, groundhogs and beavers. In 2014, there were more than 350 cases of animal rabies in North Carolina. Any animal infected with rabies also poses a human health risk.

September 3, 2015

  • Science Behind Homebrewing
    6:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: $10 per participant. Friends of the Museum $7.

    Have you ever wondered about homebrewed beer: what it involves and what it really takes to get started? Or have you ever tried homebrewing but it didn’t quite turn out the way you had hoped?  What is really going on during the process of brewing beer anyway?

September 3, 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.
    Science Thursdays

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