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The Microscopic World of Protista

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Have you ever examined a drop of pondwater under a microscope? This droplet contains a variety of living creatures, including protists. Protists are not an animal, plant, or fungi. So what exactly are they? Join us for this zoomed-in view of the protist world using a compound microscope. This virtual program is designed to connect… Read More >

Meet the Animals

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  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Meet some of our live animal ambassadors and learn about their characteristics, adaptations, and the important roles they play in our environment. We offer a variety of themes, including reptiles, North Carolina natives, tropical animals and more. To request a specific theme or connection to a unit in your classroom, please include that information when… Read More >

Dinosaurs Roar!

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  • Times Available: Wednesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Head back to the Cretaceous and embark on a discovery of Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops and the world around them. This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum educator online for an interactive program. Whether your students are learning from home or in the classroom (or both), using videoconferencing platforms, students can… Read More >

Coastal Carolina Ecosystems

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  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Carolina’s coast is more than just a beach! In this program, students will explore the diverse habitats of our coast, learn how organisms adapt to these wild places, and understand that we are all connected to the coast, no matter where we live! This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum… Read More >

Butterflies and Moths

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  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Explore the life cycle of insects through a close examination of butterflies and moths. Students will practice their observation skills to learn more about the adaptations of these scale-winged creatures. This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum educator online for an interactive program. Whether your students are learning from home… Read More >

Animal Life Cycles

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

How do living creatures grow and change? Students will explore the life cycles of several groups of animals which may include amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects, and mammals. Meet live animals and learn about their stages of development. This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum educator online for an interactive program…. Read More >

Fossil Discoveries

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  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Our understanding of dinosaurs and prehistoric life is constantly changing with new discoveries. This program will introduce students to fossils and the field of paleontology using natural specimens and replicas to tell the story of Earth’s history. This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum educator online for an interactive program…. Read More >

Frog Files

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  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Why do frogs make a springtime chorus? How do they adapt in our changing environment? Students will answer these questions, meet freaky frogs, and become amphibian experts during this virtual program. This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum educator online for an interactive program. Whether your students are learning from… Read More >

Cheeseburger’s Journey Through the Gut

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Follow a cheeseburger as it travels from your plate, through your body, and out! On this journey, students will learn about digestion, nutrients, and anatomy. This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum educator online for an interactive program. Whether your students are learning from home or in the classroom (or… Read More >

Spy Science

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Enter the world of historical espionage and learn from an actual event, the Battle of New York, how Colonial spies used the principles of chemistry, geology, and biology, as well as the beginnings of cryptography, to ensure their messages got safely to the intended party. Learn also about the cultural views regarding spies, the evolution… Read More >

Adaptations in Birds and Mammals

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Using specimens from bird and mammal collections, students analyze the similarities and differences in anatomy, form and function between these animal groups and how they are affected by environmental change. Students then develop hypotheses to account for observed patterns and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations. This virtual program is designed to connect… Read More >

Science of Foam

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Students will explore the science behind foam. What is foam and how do animals use this special adaptation to their advantage? By incorporating biology (lifecycles), chemistry (molecular structure of surfactants), and technology (Bio-inspiration), students will learn how nature is an inspiring factor for many practical inventions, from insulation to cotton candy. This virtual program is… Read More >

Fossils: Windows into the Past

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Give your students a unique opportunity to study fossil specimens from North Carolina and elsewhere. Students examine fossils to learn how they form and how fossils tell us about the past. Students also explore how we know the age of fossils and how a geologic map can help with fossil dating and identification. This virtual… Read More >

Sticky Science

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

In this program, students will explore how bio-adhesives are produced and used in the natural world. They will learn about cohesion and adhesion forces, electrostatic and intermolecular forces as well as bio-chemicals that make things stick. This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum educator online for an interactive program. Whether… Read More >

What’s a Bacterium

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

We hear about bacteria all the time but what are they and where do they live? Why are some our friends and others make us sick. Through pictures, stained images, culture plates, and 3D models learn what they look like, and why they are different from viruses and archaea. This virtual program is designed to… Read More >

DIY Column Chromatography & Mass Spec in Research

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Learn how two lab techniques — column chromatography and mass spectrometry — work to make our lives better. Through this class and its DIY activities, students can learn about the chemical, physical, and biological principles that power these amazing technologies. Most importantly, learn about biotech careers and discover how this technology is crucial in new… Read More >

Classification and Common Ancestry

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  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

What exactly is common ancestry and Evolution? Who was Carl von Linne? What is the difference between classification and identification? What is a phylogeny and how is it important to the classification of organisms? To answer these questions, we will introduce the concept of biological classification and the importance evolution and common ancestry play in… Read More >

Old News Livestream

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  • Times Available: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
  • Dates Available: September 14, 2021 - May 10, 2022

The fossils are old, but discoveries are new! Join host Laura Beth Speer and Dr. Christian Kammerer, Research Curator of Paleontology, as they dive into research and discoveries made by paleontologists around the world. Each month brings new fossils, ancient organisms, and clues to help us understand earth’s history. Old News airs on YouTube live… Read More >

Natural Sciences Classroom Livestream

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  • Times Available: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11:00am
  • Dates Available: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - May 17th, 2022

Join Museum educators each month to explore a new topic about the wonders of the natural world! Ask questions, uncover surprising answers, and let your curiosity lead the way in our virtual Natural Sciences Classroom. Natural Sciences Classroom airs on YouTube live once a month September-May. Programs include a live Q&A and other interactive games;… Read More >

Arduino Quick Setup Guide: A Free YouTube Class Series

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  • Times Available: Anytime
  • Dates Available: Now Available

What is Arduino? Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Electronic circuit boards known as Arduino boards are used to make and control devices that are limited only by your imagination. The Arduino Quick Setup Guide is a series of free YouTube classes for interested makers of all ages. This… Read More >

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