Jack Dumbacher with the bird collection

On March 9, 2017, Academy scientist Jack Dumbacher will give us the scoop on what happened when he and his team found a poisonous bird in Papua New Guinea. What are some of the many questions he has asked since making that discovery?

Classrooms everywhere are invited to join this FREE webchat!

Date: March 9, 2017
Time: Program repeats at 9:30am PST and 11am PST
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: Free!
Target Audience: 4th-12th Grade
Interactivity Options: Choose to have your students interact On Camera, or simply use the Chat Box.

What to expect during this Special Live Event
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Scientific discovery is not a linear process. In this 1-hour live discussion, students walk through Jack's discovery of a poisonous Pitohui bird and the many questions he has asked since.

Jack will start by taking us on a virtual journey to one of his research locations in Papua New Guinea. After Jack recounts the discovery of the poisonous Pitohui bird, students will have the opportunity to put forth their own scientific questions about Jack's discovery. Jack will answer the questions he has answered so far. Jack will end by putting forth the many new questions he is now asking about this mysterious bird.

This program is designed to be interactive in nature! Students will have the opportunity to ask Jack about their curiosities regarding what it is like to study birds in the rainforest, the type of skills needed, and the many questions he has tried to answer about the poisonous Pitohui birds. Read more about Jack's work.

Chat Box Option

Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window.

To participate you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (NOT an iPad, tablet or Chromebook).
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • An updated version of the free Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.
On-Camera Option (space is limited)

Students get to be on camera and talk directly with the expert to ask questions and share their ideas.

To be an interactive on-camera participant you must:

  • Schedule a free technical check-in to make sure your connection is smooth on the day of the program.
  • Get signed media releases from each student who might be on camera.
  • Have at least 8 students in your group.

Additionally, you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (NOT an iPad, tablet or Chromebook)
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • Webcam and microphone to use during the program.
  • An updated version of the free Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.

Can't join us on Thursday March 9th? Check out our other programs in the Scientist's Scoop series.

 

First time attending one of these programs? Read about a past program with an Academy scientist here.

Grades: 4th Grade - 12th Grade
Program Duration: 60 minutes
Price: Free
Time Slots: 9:30 am, 11:00 am