NC Teacher Workshop 2018

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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!


General Information

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.

Logistics

Agenda: Monday, 9 July 2018

Meet at Prairie Ridge Ecostation (1671 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607) at 8:00 am. Parking is free.

Prairie Ridge Ecostation
    Time  Location Activity
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 Hands-on activity lesson example and data portal demo.
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.