Programs & Events

Science Thursdays at the Museum

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

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

July 31

Science Cafe

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Urban Ants and What They Do For You
7pm, NRC - The Daily Planet Café 

Cost: Free

Cities are designed for people, not animals. But some creatures, from pavement ants to house sparrows, enjoy the urban lifestyle, too. As cities grow and invest in parks and gardens, we need to know how these features affect our animal neighbors. Does the design of green spaces shape how animals use them—and whether they use them in ways that we find helpful? In this Science Café, NC State entomologist Elsa Youngsteadt will share her research on ants and other insects in New York City. Find out what happens when you drop a bite of hot dog from your food-truck lunch in a park or a traffic island, and see how urban insects fared during the catastrophic flooding of Hurricane Sandy.

Classes

World In A Bottle  - Only 4 spaces left!
6pm, NRC - Natural World Investigate Lab - 2nd Floor
Cost: $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. Cost of class includes supplies for one terrarium (bring your own dinosaur).

Intermediate Programming: Ready, Set, Sort!  - Only 1 space left!
6:30pm - 8:00pm, NRC - Visual World Investigate Lab - 3rd floor
Cost: $10 per participant. $7.50 for Friends of the Museum
How fast can you arrange these numbers from lowest to highest: 0, -9, 2, -5, -5.9, 0.2? Do you think you can do it faster than a computer? What if there were 1,000 numbers? If you want to sort numbers like a pro you must first learn how to harness the power of the computer. In Ready, Set, Sort! you will learn how to code a simple sorting algorithm, a step-by-step procedure to arrange numbers in a specific order. This class is intended for intermediate coders with some experience using a programming language. We will start from scratch and construct our own sorter to test out on various number sets. So if you are the sort of person that likes sorting (or learning new programming skills) then surely you will have a great time.

August 7

Classes

Insect Pinning for Beginners  - Full
6pm, NRC - Natural World Investigate Lab - 2nd floor
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!

Program Instructors: Steve Turner, Co-coordinator of the Naturalist Center

Registration information: Register online NEW! *Please note our registration system is not compatible with smartphones.

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

Please Note: This program is subject to cancellation if a minimum number of participants is not met. Refunds will only be given if this program is canceled by the Museum. Notice of cancellation will be given via email, at least 72 hours in advance.

Science of Food: Bread
6:30pm, NRC - Micro World Investigate Lab - 3rd floor
Pain de campagneDoes the end of your week having you wishing you could be seated in some little bistro in Paris, sipping wine, munching on crusty French bread and watching the world go by? Come join us to learn how to make that wonderful creation - the basic Boule – crusty round French bread. You’ll learn a bit about what goes on within that dough as it’s “processing” and why it comes out like it does, all while making your own Boule dough to take home and bake. A short time later, you can have your feet up enjoying the primal pleasure of good food, and rest, and pretend you’re in Paris!

Program Instructor: Museum Educators

Registration information: Register online NEW! *Please note our registration system is not compatible with smartphones.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840. Please Note: This program is subject to cancellation if a minimum number of participants is not met. Refunds will only be given if this program is canceled by the Museum. Notice of cancellation will be given via email, at least 48 hours in advance.

August 14

Classes

Computer Programming for Beginners
6:30pm, NRC - Visual World Investigate Lab - 3rd floor

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. The concepts learned in this course are fundamental and applicable to exploring programming outside of the lab. Discover your inner hacker and sign up today!

Program Instructors: Matthew Faerber and Walt Gurley, Coordinators of the Visual World Investigate Lab

Registration information: Registration required. Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form with payment. Registration deadline is one week prior to program date.

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

Science Thursday programming is subject to change.

Thursday night classes: Every Week at the Nature Research Center


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