Connect with REAL scientists where they work, without leaving your classroom!

  • 09/12/2019 9:55 AM
    Message # 7877671
    Mary Lou Lipscomb (Administrator)

    The Virtual Experiences team at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science invites you and your students to join us for Scientists in Action, a FREE monthly virtual program that connects students with professionals from diverse and unique STEM careers. The content of each live Q&A session is determined by your students’ questions. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit research labs, go behind the scenes of the museum, and travel to unique field sites, all from the comfort of your own classroom! Participation in these interactive programs requires only a computer connected to the internet. Our fall program lineup is now open for registrations: reserve your free spot now!

    Grades: 4th – 12th are recommended, but all are welcome.

    What to Expect: During this free Q&A program, multiple classrooms and groups from across the continent connect at the same time. A select number of groups will be invited to ask questions on-camera, and other groups will be able to ask questions via a chat box and participate in interactive polls.

    Equipment Requirements: Any computer or smart device connected to the internet.  The Museum will provide the link and instructions to use the free Zoom Video Conferencing Software, and a webcam with microphone are mandatory for on-camera groups. A projector and external speakers are recommended for your viewing setup.

     Fall 2019 Programs:  

    Protecting Pika

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019
    9am, 10am, and 11am Mountain Standard Time

    Nearly two miles above sea level, forests of evergreen and aspen give way to open fields of boulders and snow. The small-but-mighty pika is perfectly adapted to the harsh winds and freezing temperatures of its alpine tundra habitat, but is facing an uncertain future as the climate changes. Join conservation biologists from the Front Range Pika Project as they share how and why biologists team up with the public to study pika and what these adorable and tough critters can tell us about our changing world. Your questions will be our compass on this expedition!

     Bird Brained

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
    8am, 9am, 10am, and 11am Mountain Standard Time

    Ever wondered about the birds that migrate through your town each year, or what separates a blackbird from a blue jay? Come with us to a bird banding station and talk to real ornithologists from the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Denver Museum of Nature & Science while they catch birds in giant mist nets, study and observe each bird, and safely release them back into the wild. More than 100 species of birds have been safely captured and released at this banding station. Now you can see first-hand the techniques scientists use to conduct research about these amazing creatures. Broadcasting live from the field at Barr Lake if weather permits.

      Ancient Mummies, New Discoveries

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
    9am, 10am, 11am and 1pm Mountain Standard Time

    Mummies draped in unwinding linens and rising from their tombs are staples of Halloween lore and decor, but Dr. Michele Koons knows that mummies aren’t frightening—they’re fascinating! As the curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Dr. Koons uses modern technology to study ancient places and peoples and unravel mysteries of the past. What can mummies (and more) tell us about human history? What new discoveries will archaeologists make as technology advances? Find out during this live virtual field trip through time behind the scenes at the Museum.

    From T. rex to Turkey
    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
    9am, 10am, 11am and 1pm Mountain Standard Time

    Did you know that every time you enjoy a meal of chicken, duck, or turkey, you are actually enjoying some delicious dinosaur? That’s right – every bird alive today, from ostrich to oriole, pigeon to penguin, are descendants of theropod dinosaurs like T. rex and Velociraptor. But how did this change occur? What clues do scientists look for? Find out on this virtual behind-the-scenes trip with Museum paleontologists and ornithologists as they explore evolution with fossils, natural history collections, and more. Your questions will guide our exploration and will ensure that you never think of Thanksgiving dinner the same way again!

     Deep Time Detectives
    Thursday, December 19th, 2019
    9am, 10am, 11am and 1pm Mountain Standard Time

    Would you believe that long ago, your state might have been home to an ocean, a rain forest, or volcanoes? Did you know you can find ocean fossils on top of mountain peaks? It’s true! Earth has undergone many dramatic transformations in the last 4.5 billion years, and it’s up to geologists like Dr. James Hagadorn to unearth our planet’s mysterious past. Dr. Hagadorn, curator of geology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, works as a deep time detective, examining rocks, fossils, meteorites, and more to tell us about the past, present, and future of our planet. What secrets are locked away in ordinary stone? All good detectives rely on keen questions, and yours will drive this live look behind the scenes of the Museum and back in time!

     Sign up here!

     Please join us for this fun and engaging opportunity to explore exciting and meaningful science careers! Can’t make it this time? Scientists in Action will continue this spring. Stay tuned to https://www.dmns.org/sia to see our spring schedule, arriving soon.

    Any questions? Please email virtual@dmns.org.



    Taliah Farnsworth

    Outreach Education and Virtual Experiences Specialist
    Pronouns: she/her/hers





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