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!

December 4, 2014

  • Insect Pinning for Beginners
    6:00 pm
    Full
    Fee: $15 per participant. $10 for Friends of the Museum

    Learn how to establish an insect collection. This beginner's class will cover the basics of insect collecting and the methods of pinning different types of insects from beetles to butterflies!
    Insect pins, Styrofoam boards, spreading boards, and insects will be provided.  You may bring your own specimens to pin, too!

  • Meet the Expert
    6:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    Gabriela Hogue, the Collections Manager of Fishes, will be working on the final step in the curatorial process for a fish skeleton. She will be talking about fish specimen preservation, long term maintenance, and the ways in which specimens are utilized.

December 4, 2014

  • Holiday Treat – The Chemistry of Perfume
    6:30 pm
    Full
    Fee: Parent/child pairs are $20.00 and each additional family member is $10.00.

    You’re in a room and someone walks by.  Suddenly you are awash in the scent of springtime and roses, even though it’s snowing outside.  How can that be?

December 4, 2014

  • The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Lecture Series: Paul Brinkman
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: $10 Lecture, $20 Lecture + Exhibit; $40 Lecture series, $50 Lecture series + Exhibit

    Join us for the first installment of the series: "What's the Big Deal About the World's Largest Dinosaurs?" and learn about the history of America's fascination with sauropods and dinosaurs in general.

  • Getting Started in Astro-Imaging
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    Covering the basic areas of getting started in Astro-Imaging, this class is targeted to adults of any age with a interest in learning more about astronomy.  We will specifically address the following areas:

  • 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

December 6, 2014

  • Science Saturday: What Rock Have You Been Under?
    11:00 am
    Open
    Fee: Free

    The Search for Northern Two-Lined Salamanders in North Carolina
    Nathaniel T. Akers, Nash Community College
    Presently, only three species of two-lined salamanders are recorded to occur in North Carolina. Here, we present data examining the occurrence of a species of two-lined salamander that has not yet been recorded in North Carolina.

December 11, 2014

  • Governor's Tree Lighting
    5:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    This event takes place in both the Nature Exploration Center and the Nature Research Center.
    5pm-8pm — (drop in) Come meet some cool animals like a huge boa constrictor, a blue-tongued skink, a red-eared slider turtle, a Cuvier’s dwarf caiman and a fancy rat! (1st floor NEC).
    5pm-8pm — (drop in) Help yourself to free hot chocolate (1st floor NEC).
    7pm-9pm — Check out a cool talk with the Raleigh Astronomy Club: “Launch Weather Forecasting” (4th floor ECC, NRC).

December 11, 2014

  • Primitive Candle Making
    6:30 pm
    Full
    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.

  • Programming and Electronics with the Raspberry Pi
    6:30 pm
    Full
    Fee: $10/person or $18/group of two

    A class about pies, snakes, and electricity? No, we won’t be doing any baking or snake handling, but we will make some cool animated light art with a non-edible Raspberry Pi computer and the Python programming language. Participants in this class will use the Raspberry Pi, a credit card size computer, and Python to animate an 8x8 LED light matrix. We will work together to assemble and wire the Pi and then write code to control the matrix display. This class is intended for intermediate coders with some experience using a programming language.

December 11, 2014

  • Science Cafe: Greener Tech Through Chemistry
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    In order to create the next generation of Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) and organic photovoltaic solar cells, new methods for making their components have to be discovered. Join NC State professor Walter Weare to learn how chemists in his laboratory are finding new ways to make the materials in devices based on these technologies, and the implication of such devices on everyday life in both developed and developing countries.

December 18, 2014

  • 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.

December 18, 2014

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