NC Teacher Workshop 2018
Drawers, Jars and Databases: Teaching the Hidden Science of Natural History Museums
You have probably visited a natural history museum, but have you ever wondered what lies behind the “staff only” signs? Many natural history museums are built around collections of specimens – troves of data about the living world around us. Have you ever wondered: Why do we have these collections? How do scientists use them for research? And how could educators tap into these vast resources?
Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections), and the MicroFungi project to answer these questions and more. Discover the work of collections research on a field trip to Prairie Ridge Ecostation and the Museum’s Research Lab. Get behind the scenes with visits to research collections at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University. Participate in hands-on activities that utilize collections, digitization, and collections data, and develop new ways to incorporate collections-based educational resources into your classroom!
When: Monday-Wednesday, July 9-11, 2018 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Where: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with excursions to Prairie Ridge Ecostation and North Carolina State University.
Cost: FREE! Breakfast and lunch will be provided all three days, and participants traveling 50 miles or more from home are eligible for lodging, mileage, and a stipend to cover meals that are not provided.
Benefits to Participants: All teachers that complete the workshop will receive a certificate of course completion for 24 contact hours to be turned in for CEUs and a thumb drive containing all of the workshop resources.
Conference Hotel: Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown (320 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603).
If you were eligible for lodging it will be arranged through a room block and direct bill. iDigBio will be billed directly you will only be responsible for incidentals. Contact the organizers with any questions.
Things to bring: Each participant will need a laptop. Be sure to contact us if you would like to borrow one for the workshop.
Also be sure to dress appropriately for spending time outdoors because we will spend some time in the field on the first day. For Monday, we recommend that you wear loose fitting long pants and long sleeves, and comfortable closed-toe shoes that you don't mind getting wet/muddy AND a change of clothing so you can be dry and clean for the time we spend indoors. You may also want to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat.
Please note that we will start the workshop on Monday, July 9 at 8 am at Prairie Ridge Ecostation (NOT the Museum downtown), located at 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607. On Monday we will be spending a significant amount of time outdoors in the field.
Here is an online map to help with navigation: http://naturalsciences.org/visit/map and parking information: http://naturalsciences.org/visit/directions-parking
- iDigBio educational resources: https://www.idigbio.org/education/k-12-material
- iDigBio specimen portal: https://www.idigbio.org/portal/search
- Notes from Nature: https://www.notesfromnature.org/ A online transcription platform
- iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/ We will be doing an iNaturalist activity first thing on Monday so please download the app and create an account before coming!
- Libraries of Life http://www.libraries-of-life.org/
Lesson examples from the workshop
- Fantastic Birds and Where to Find Them https://www.idigbio.org/content/march-2016-biodiversity-spotlight
- Help Behind-the-Scenes at a Museum as a Citizen Scientist http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewResourceLesson/Preview/171734
EASY-TO-READ REFERENCES THAT DESCRIBE WHY SPECIMEN COLLECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT AND HOW NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS ARE USED
“Why Collections Matter?” http://www.spnhc.org/10/why-collections-matter
“A Matter of Life and Death. Natural Science Collections: why keep them and why fund them?” http://www.spnhc.org/media/assets/AMatterOfLifeAndDeath.pdf
“Natural History Museums are Teeming with Undiscovered Species” https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/02/the-unexplored-marvels-locked-away-in-our-natural-history-museums/459306/
“Seeking Answers on Climate Change, Scientists Venture into the Vaults of the Past” https://ensia.com/features/natural-history-museums-climate-change/
“Biological Collections are Vital to Preserving Species in the Face of Climate Change” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-m-thiers/biological-collections-ar_b_5900590.html
“Peek into the Cabinet of Curiosities” https://blog.nature.org/science/2016/05/03/peek-into-the-cabinet-of-curiosities/
Workshop images: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1MvB8yYMiyGXmUEz7 Google photo album
|Monday, 9 July 2018: Meet at Prairie Ridge Ecostation (1671 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607) at 8:00 am. Parking is free. |
|8:00 am||Prairie Ridge Outdoor Classroom||Arrive at the Field station. A light breakfast (pastries and coffee) will be provided.|
|8:30 am||Prairie Ridge Outdoor Classroom||Participant Introductions and workshop goals and expectations.|
|9:30 am||Field and Prairie Ridge Outdoor Classroom||Field to Database Activity: Sample fish in the Prairie Ridge Creek, process samples, and discuss digitization.|
|1:00 pm||---Boxed Lunches in the Prairie Ridge Outdoor Classroom---|
|2:00 pm||Division of Air Quality Conference Room||How we enter data and what we do with the data.|
|3:00 pm||Division of Air Quality Conference Room||Specimen portal demo and hands-on data portal activity|
|4:30 pm||Division of Air Quality Conference Room||Debrief|
|5:00 pm Adjourn |
Dinner is on your own. We will be organizing an optional group dinner at a downtown Raleigh restaurant.
|Tuesday, 10 July 2018: Meet at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center (121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603). Parking is 10 dollars/day and can be reimbursed for all participants. Please keep receipts. |
|8:00 am||Nature Research Center - Environmental Conference Center (NRC-ECC)||Coffee and light breakfast (pastries)|
|9:00 am||Research Collections||Research Collections Tours|
|11:00 am||Naturalist Center||Naturalist Center tour.|
|12:00 pm||---Catered lunch in the NRC-ECC.---|
|1:00 pm||NRC-ECC||Hands-on activities with online resources.|
|3:00 pm||Various||Planning and flexible time, for exploring the museum, Naturalist Center, talking one-on-one with scientists and museum educators.|
|4:30 pm||NRC-ECC||Group Reflection.|
|5:00 pm Adjourn |
Dinner is on your own.
|Wednesday, 11 July 2018: Meet at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center (121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603). Parking is 10 dollars/day and can be reimbursed for all participants. Please keep receipts. Transportation will be provided to North Carolina State University (NCSU). |
|8:00 am||Nature Research Center - Environmental Conference Center (NRC-ECC)||Arrive at the Field station. Coffee and light breakfast (pastries)and flexible time to work.|
|9:45 am||Bus||Transport to NCSU|
|10:00 am||NCSU Various||NCSU tours: mycological and plant herbaria, and insect collection.|
|12:15 pm||Bus||Transport back to the museum.|
|12:30 pm||---Catered lunch in the NRC-ECC.---|
|1:30 pm||NRC-ECC||Working time.|
|3:00 pm||NRC-ECC||Poster gallery walk.|
|4:40 pm||NRC-ECC||Wrap up - reflection and evaluation.|
|5:00 pm Adjourn |
Dinner is on your own. Please be on the lookout for a workshop survey from Shari Ellis, and reimbursement information from Cathy Bester.