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!

May 7, 2015

  • Terrific Terrariums
    6:30 pm
    Full
    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.

May 14, 2015

  • Learn to Geocache
    6:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: $10 per participant. Friends of the Museum members $8.

    Have you ever wondered why someone was sticking his or her head into the bushes or why someone with a smartphone was wandering aimlessly off the hiking trail?  Do you want to have a fun, safe, outdoor activity you can do alone or with family and friends?  How has technology developed for the military become available to scientists and the general public?

May 14, 2015

  • Programming and Electronics with the Raspberry Pi
    6:30 pm
    Open
    Fee: $10/person, Friends $8/person

    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.

May 14, 2015

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

    Weather is the number one reason people watch television news, and checking the weather forecast is a top activity on mobile phones and computers as well. But how much do you know about where your weather forecast comes from? And what about the wide-ranging kinds of weather we get here in North Carolina?

May 21, 2015

  • Insect Pinning for Beginners
    6:00 pm
    Open
    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!

  • 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!

May 21, 2015

May 28, 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.

May 28, 2015

  • Science Cafe: Ecology You Can Eat - North Carolina’s Estuarine Fishes
    7:00 pm
    Open
    Fee: Free

    North Carolina’s estuaries include mosaics of marsh, seagrass, oyster and mudflat habitats that support a diverse assemblage of more than 100 fish species. These fishes come in nearly all shapes, colors and sizes, with fascinating and complex life histories, and many are recreationally and/or commercially prized. In this Science Café, we will highlight some of these cool fishes – many of which seem very exotic even though they are actually quite common members of our estuarine communities, perhaps increasingly so in the case of tropical species.

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