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School Resource Guide 2015–2016

OPPORTUNITIES AT MOREHEAD AND AT YOUR SCHOOL Planetarium Shows • Science Stage Shows • Discovery Classes • Mobile Labs • Mobile Planetarium • Classroom & Afterschool Enrichment Visits • NC Science Festival


Dear Friends, With a background as a high school chemistry teacher in North Carolina, I understand the classroom challenges that science teachers face in our state. I know you’re searching for the very best resources in STEM education to help you and your students succeed. At Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, our job is to create those resources and deliver them directly to teachers and students throughout North Carolina. Every program by Morehead is designed to help your students explore STEM career choices and reinforce what they learn in your classroom — affordably, conveniently and effectively. Morehead is your partner in STEM education. We offer programs that correlate with North Carolina Essential Standards for each grade level, both at Morehead and at your school. You can choose Morehead programs with confidence! Inside this resource guide, you’ll find all the details (including your invitation to participate in special K–12 activities through the North Carolina Science Festival). Remember, Morehead offers scholarship opportunities to qualifying schools. Make your reservations today. We look forward to serving you! Warm wishes,

Todd R. Boyette, Ph.D. Director, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Co-Founder, North Carolina Science Festival

Our cover artwork illustrates Morehead’s statewide programming and was created by Amber Vogel, senior curriculum developer.


HOW TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION Do you want a field trip at Morehead or a Morehead mobile visit at your school? AT YOUR SCHOOL


Choose the Morehead field trip experiences you want.

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Watch a fulldome show in Morehead’s planetarium (see Page 9) Practice hands-on skills in a Discovery Class (see Page 9) Participate in a live Science Stage program (see Page 8)

Decide how your group will travel to Morehead.

Choose the Morehead mobile visit experiences you want.

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Watch a fulldome show in Morehead’s mobile planetarium at your school (see Page 10) Practice hands-on skills aboard Morehead’s mobile lab at your school (see Page 11) Participate in a classroom or afterschool enrichment visit (see Page 12)

Decide how your school will accommodate a visit from a Morehead mobile program.

Choose the dates for your Morehead science experiences — a first choice, a second choice and a third choice.

Submit an AT MOREHEAD reservation form online here:

Submit an AT YOUR SCHOOL reservation form online here:

Within 15 minutes of submitting the form, you should receive an email notice that we have received your request. A Morehead reservations specialist will contact you within one week to confirm the details of your reservation and discuss any special requests you may have. After your reservation is confirmed, you will receive an email with complete details for your reservation. Please review all details carefully. Contact your Morehead reservations specialist if you need to make changes.


Frequently-Asked Questions Are scholarships available? Yes! Your school may qualify for scholarship assistance with a field trip to Morehead, mobile lab visit, mobile planetarium visit or classroom/afterschool enrichment visit. You will have the option to request scholarship funding when you complete your online reservation form. My students are studying science topics that aren’t covered by your current programs. Can you still help us? If you have a special curriculum need for your school or afterschool program, please let us know! Morehead is continually expanding its program choices, and our educators may be able to help you meet special needs. Do you offer professional development opportunities? Morehead educators present workshops at various state conferences each year. Look for us during fall 2015 at NCSTA and Bridging the Gap conferences. Are your programs available in different languages? All Morehead programs are available in English. Some planetarium shows are also available with audio tracks in Spanish. (Look for the icon on the planetarium show listings, Pages 5–7.) Please request this at the time you make your reservation.

Contact Information General info via email: Programs at Morehead: 919-962-1236 Programs at your school: 919-843-8496 Morehead Gift Shop: 919-843-7997 NC Science Festival: 919-962-3274

Are your programs accessible to persons with disabilities? At Morehead, GSK Fulldome Theater and Science Stage are both accessible by ramp and offer assistive listening devices. Morehead’s mobile labs are equipped with wheelchair lifts, and the mobile planetarium walls can be lifted for wheelchair access. Please contact Morehead’s guest relations manager at 919-962-1236 for additional information. Can each person pay individually? To offer group pricing, Morehead requires a single payment by check or credit card (MasterCard or Visa) from the school. You will receive an invoice in advance, confirming the total participants and the amount due. For a field trip at Morehead, payment is due by the day of your visit. For a mobile visit at your school, payment is due 10 days in advance. May a charter operator make arrangements for our field trip? Morehead policy requires that we communicate directly with an official representative of the school. If a third party (charter operator, travel agent, other trip planner) who is not a school employee makes arrangements for a field trip, the third party is responsible financially, and the third party must submit full payment at least two weeks in advance of the field trip. The number of people in our group has changed. What do we do? If you need to make changes to your reservation, please contact us at least 72 hours before a field trip at Morehead or 7 days before a mobile visit at your school. If you have fewer people without providing the minimum notice, your school is still financially responsible for the full cost of your original reservation. If you have more people without providing the minimum notice, Morehead cannot guarantee their participation. In case of inclement weather, we will work with you to reschedule your program with no penalty.


Morehead Planetarium and Science Center does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, creed, genetic information, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Visitor inquiries about Morehead’s accessibility should be directed to Morehead Guest Relations Manager (mhplanet@unc. edu; 919-962-1236; 250 E. Franklin Street, Guest Relations Office) or to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Equal Opportunity/ADA Office (equalopportunity@unc. edu; 919-966-3576; 100 E. Franklin Street, Unit 110).



Planetarium Shows Make reservations for this 360° experience and surround your students with the sights, sounds and sensations of an extraordinary educational adventure! Morehead planetarium shows are an exciting way to engage and inspire your students with a love of science — whether you are seated in the historic GSK Fulldome Theater (on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) or inside a mobile planetarium conveniently set up inside your own school gym or multipurpose room. Each program includes a planetarium show, a question-and-answer session with a Morehead educator and, if time permits, a “mini star tour.” Some planetarium shows are available with a Spanish-language audio track; if needed, please request this one week in advance. Length: 45 minutes. Maximum capacity: 220 persons. Please visit Morehead’s website for a detailed list of each show’s correlations with NC Essential Standards for recommended grades.





recommended for Grades 4–5 (also suitable for Grades 6–12) The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to become an astronaut? This planetarium show takes you from Earth into space ... and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Meet the animated test astronaut Chad and discover the perils that lurk in space from his viewpoint! Produced by the National Space Centre. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.


recommended for Grade 7 (also suitable for Grades 4–6 and 8–12) Imagine a place where time stands still, where the universal order breaks down, where the unimaginable becomes reality. It’s no longer the stuff of science fiction — this planetarium show brings to life all that is fascinating and extreme in the world of black holes! Witness what would happen if you got too close to one. See how a black hole is able to warp time and space. Discover what science has taught us about these phenomena ... and what we must still learn. Produced by Museum Victoria. Narrated by Academy Awardwinning actor Geoffrey Rush.

BACK TO THE MOON FOR GOOD recommended for general audiences

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon — the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. Experience the personal stories of competition and collaboration from this privately-funded international quest for lunar exploration. Produced by XPRIZE Foundation. Narrated by Tim Allen.



recommended for Grades 3–4 (at Morehead only), middle school, high school and general audiences This traditional planetarium show focuses on stars, planets and constellations. The presentation is live, led by a Morehead educator and adapted for different grade levels, so each presentation is unique! You might learn how to identify celestial objects visible to the naked eye, hear stories created by ancient cultures to explain astronomical phenomena or explore the Milky Way in an exciting “fly-out” experience that travels through our home galaxy and beyond!


recommended for middle school, high school and general audiences Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system, following a trail of energy that flows from our Sun. Ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and whales and fly into fiery volcanoes! Produced in association with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA Earth Science. Reflects a two-year collaboration between Spitz Creative Media, the advanced visualization lab at the National Center of Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, and Thomas Lucas Productions Inc. Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Liam Neeson.


recommended for Grades 1–4 (also suitable for Grade 5) Learn the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science. Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets. Examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. You’ll even take a look at past and future space travel to our Moon ... and beyond! Produced by Morehead.


recommended for Grade 6 (also suitable for Grades 4–5 and 7–12) Travel back in time to witness the earliest experiments of Galileo Galilei, who discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter and made many other significant observations as a scientist and as an astronomer. Understand how the telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. Experience how one person can shape the future of science! Produced by Soref Planetarium. Narrated by Dava Sobel.


recommended for Grades 3–5 and 7 (also suitable for Grades 6 and 8–12) Learn about the “gross” side of the human body as animated characters Scabby, Boogie and Flatus explore the inner workings of the human body. Produced by Morehead. Based on the book “Grossology and You” (© 2002 — text by Sylvia Branzei, illustrations by Jack Keely), published by Price Stern Sloan. GROSSOLOGY® is a registered trademark of Price Stern Sloan, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. “Addressing the Science of Really Gross Things: Engaging Young Learners in Biomedical Science Through a Fulldome Show and Supporting Curricula” is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), Grant Number #1R25OD010522-01, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCRR or NIH.


recommended for Grades K–2 (also suitable for Grade 3) Travel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House® best-selling children’s book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they discover in a written note signed “–M.” Peek into their tree house and follow them on an exciting adventure as they meet a helpful astronomer and an astronaut. As they travel to an observatory and beyond into space, Jack and Annie nearly get … well, we don’t want to give the surprise away! Produced by Morehead. Featuring Magic Tree House series author Mary Pope Osborne.






recommended for Grades K–2 This live show helps to sharpen students’ observational skills while teaching them about Earth and showing them how to find objects in the night sky. The show’s interactive format encourages questions and allows the Morehead educator to pace the show to the students’ needs.

ONE WORLD, ONE SKY: BIG BIRD’S ADVENTURE recommended for Pre-K (also suitable for Grade K)

AVAILABLE THROUGH MARCH 2016 ONLY. Big Bird and Elmo, along with their new friend HuHu Zhu from China, learn about sunsets and finding starry shapes in the night sky. They visit the Moon, where they discover they can jump high and need space helmets to breathe. Produced by the Sesame Workshop, Adler Planetarium, Beijing Planetarium and Liberty Science Center.


recommended for Grades 3 and 6 (also suitable for Grades 4–5 and 7–8) Animated space explorer Jack Larson and a young stowaway explore our Solar System to find a new home base for humans, investigating the icy rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s volcano-ridden moon Io and the sub-zero methane lakes of Saturn’s moon Titan. Produced by Morehead. The material contained in this planetarium show is based on work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under grant award number NNX09AL78G. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA.

SURVEYING THE SOLAR SYSTEM recommended for Grades 3–5

This live show provides an exciting ride through our Solar System, with a closer look at Earth and several of its planetary neighbors. The show’s interactive format encourages questions and allows the Morehead educator to pace the show to the students’ needs.


recommended for general audiences In this timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal, a young girl leaves her family of traveling storytellers to embark on the quest that leads her to a dragon’s nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save a village? Produced by Morehead. Featuring Paperhand Puppet Intervention.


recommended for Grades 5–7 and high school (also suitable for Grades 4 and 8) Experience weather extremes in space as you’ve never imagined them! Fly through the dense atmosphere on Venus, methane rain on Titan and centuries-old anti-cyclones on Jupiter. Experience some of the most beautiful, powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in the Solar System — from lightning 10,000 times stronger than on Earth to 1,200-miles-per-hour winds to five-mile-high dust storms that could envelop entire planets! Produced by National Geographic.



Field Trip Fun! Field trips are a highlight of every student’s school year. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has been a favorite field trip destination for generations of North Carolina students. From the moment your students arrive, Morehead educators create new and exciting opportunities to engage your students in educational STEM adventures. And there’s a bonus: Morehead’s location on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus provides a perfect opportunity for your students to imagine themselves as college students. The field trip professionals at Morehead are attentive to your needs and can help with all kinds of details. Make reservations now for your 2015–2016 Morehead field trip!

SCIENCE STAGE SHOWS Live shows on Morehead’s Science Stage captivate students of all ages! Each “Science LIVE!” show involves audience volunteers with exciting science demonstrations. Specific activities may vary depending on grade level. Length: 45 minutes. Maximum capacity: 75 persons per show. Please visit Morehead’s website for a detailed list of each show’s correlations with NC Essential Standards for recommended grades. These shows are also suitable for a wide range of age levels and mixed-grade groups. SCIENCE LIVE! ALL SYSTEMS GO


Use a digital microscope to take a closer look at hair, skin and fingernails. Create an electrical circuit with your body. Ignite a jelly bean to demonstrate metabolism. Test the reaction times of your eyes and hands.

Demonstrate Bernoulli’s principle by inflating a 10-footlong bag with a single breath of air. Crush a can to show how air weighs different amounts at different temperatures. Investigate how a balloon can be poked by dozens of nails without breaking. Observe nitrogen through two phases — literally, the coolest thing you’ll ever see.

recommended for Grades 1–5


recommended for Grades 2–6 and 8

Learn about polymers by making instant “snow.” Do the molecule dance to demonstrate the three phases of matter. Experiment with hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials. Light a special dollar bill on fire and discover why it doesn’t burn. Watch the combustion of different elements to discover the secret behind the colors of fireworks.


recommended for Grades 3–7


recommended for Grades K–1

Enjoy a selection of Morehead’s most exciting science demonstrations, especially chosen for very young students. See how scientists experiment with different materials and learn how much fun science can be!

PLANETARIUM SHOWS Please see Pages 5–7 for a complete list of planetarium shows for your field trip.

DISCOVERY CLASSES Add an extra dimension to your visit with a hands-on, minds-on Discovery Class led by a Morehead educator. Length: 45 minutes. Maximum capacity: 30 students per Discovery Class, with two classrooms available. (Attendance by chaperones may be limited due to space.) Please visit Morehead’s website for a detailed list of each show’s correlations with NC Essential Standards for recommended grades. ROUND AND ROUND WE GO

recommended for Grades 3–4 Explore the relationship between Earth, our Moon and our Sun in this very interactive and kinesthetic class that keeps every student moving! Follow Earth’s orbit around the Sun and discover why the Moon’s shape appears to change, “dancing” your way through the phases of the lunar cycle. SOLAR SYSTEMATICS

recommended for Grades 3 and 5–7 Play the role of NASA engineers to determine what our Solar System actually looks like. Design, build and test interplanetary landing vehicles that could be used to explore rocky worlds such as Mars. Learn what it takes to become a planet hunter with a closer look at NASA’s Kepler mission!

AT MOREHEAD: Field Trip Fees Student Fee

Adult Fee1

Planetarium Show, Discovery Class or Science Stage Show First show or class

$5.50 per student

$6.50 per adult

Additional show or class, same day

$3.25 per student

$3.25 per adult

Optional Field Trip Additions Catered box lunch

$6.25–$9.25 per meal2

Morehead Gift Shop souvenir bag

$2–$7.50 per souvenir bag2

1. Each person — including teachers, parents and bus drivers — must have a show ticket to attend a planetarium show or Science Stage show. Please include all adults in your reservation; Morehead cannot guarantee seating for persons without reserved seats. Morehead provides one free adult show ticket per ten student show tickets purchased. Adults are not charged to attend Discovery Classes. 2. Several options are available. Details are provided when you make your reservation.



Turn Your Gym Into A Planetarium! North Carolina is a big state, and some schools are too far away from Chapel Hill to complete a field trip within a school day. Morehead’s mobile programs bring the field trip experience to your school! Your choices include planetarium shows in Morehead’s mobile planetarium (Grades K–12), real-world science laboratory experiences in Morehead’s mobile lab (Grades 6–12) or classroom enrichment visits filled with hands-on activities and demonstrations with a Morehead educator. Mobile programs are affordable, educational and convenient. They’re available for afterschool programs, too! Make your reservations now for the best choice of visit dates.


If your school is at least 90 miles from Chapel Hill, or if your school is within a 90-mile radius but is in a Tier 1 school district, Morehead can bring its planetarium shows to you! Morehead’s mobile planetarium is an inflatable dome with a digital projection system that creates the fulldome planetarium experience at your school. Length: 45 minutes. Maximum capacity: 30 students in Grades K–3; 24 students in Grades 4–7; 20 students in Grades 8–12. The mobile planetarium can accommodate wheelchairs. At least one teacher must accompany the students inside the mobile planetarium. To accommodate the mobile planetarium, you must have a site with these requirements: • Quiet indoor room (if the mobile planetarium will be in a gym or play space, please arrange for other activities to be moved outside or to another room) • Minimum clear floor space of 30 feet by 30 feet • Minimum ceiling height of 13 feet with no obstructions (hanging light fixtures, fans, etc.) • Two grounded 120-volt standard electric outlets • Clean, swept floor • Adjustable lighting, if possible • Air conditioning for visits occuring May–September Please see Pages 5–7 for a complete list of Morehead’s currently-available planetarium shows — any show with the green bus icon can come to your school!



More than a quarter-million North Carolina students have climbed aboard a Morehead mobile lab to experience hands-on laboratory activities — the same type of real-world experiments that North Carolina scientists conduct every day as part of their research. Length: 90 minutes. Capacity: 24 students. Give your students an opportunity to explore science careers in a laboratory setting with these programs. Morehead mobile labs offer high school and middle school modules; you can request a mobile lab visit whether or not you have participated in DESTINY professional development in the past.


recommended for biology, applied science, anatomy and physiology, allied health Examine how the body’s immune system fights illness and prevents disease. Use a simulated viral extract and perform an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to screen hypothetical patients for the presence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).


recommended for biology, chemistry Role-play laboratory investigators for a court case to determine the amount of protein found in sports drinks. Use the general concept of the Lowry assay and microanalysis skills, use a spectrophotometer, measure absorbencies, collect quantitative data and produce a standard curve to find the protein content in each sample. Module developed by Boston University School of Medicine CityLab.


recommended for biology, forensic science Role-play forensic scientists to analyze drops of “blood” and other evidence found at crime scenes and determine which suspects are guilty. Use DNA restriction analysis (popularly known as DNA fingerprinting).


recommended for biology, anatomy and physiology, allied health Discover the molecular basis of sickle cell disease and use gel electrophoresis as a diagnostic tool to differentiate normal hemoglobin from hemoglobin found in individuals with sickle cell disease. Module developed by Boston University School of Medicine CityLab.

Middle School Modules CODE RED


Learn about the composition and physiology of blood. Analyze the components of a scab and identify the substances comprising human blood. Analyze the genetic and cellular basis of blood types and understand the importance of blood types during transfusions. Test simulated blood samples to determine safe transfusions.

Investigate water chemistry and purity. Build pH scales to see the connections between water, acid/base chemistry and human life. Simulate part of the water treatment process by monitoring and altering the pH of a sample of water.


recommended for Grades 6–8

recommended for Grades 6–8

recommended for Grades 6–8 Extract DNA from your own cheek cells using a simple laboratory procedure and watch it precipitate from solution as floating white strands.

recommended for Grades 6–8


Learn about the effects of mucus in the human respiratory system, the physical properties of mucus and how it lubricates the gastrointestinal tract and helps move particles out of the lungs. Use the ELISA immunology testing process to complete a modeling activity for cystic fibrosis.


CLASSROOM ENRICHMENT VISITS Morehead educators are available to visit your school to talk about science topics, lead hands-on activities or demonstrations and/or provide a tabletop STEM activity for an evening event. These visits are aligned to NC Essential Standards and can be tailored to fit your grade-level needs. These enrichment visits are classroom presentations; they do not include a visit from Morehead’s mobile lab or mobile planetarium. Specific activities may vary depending on grade level.

Mobile Enrichment Programs ADAPTATION 101: ANIMALS


Investigate genetically-inherited characteristics and adaptations, including those used for camouflage. Build a “monster” of varied animal parts and identify a habitat in which it would thrive. Compare different bird beaks to how each is adapted to a different food. See how peppered moths adapted their coloration over time to survive in a changing environment.

Learn how to use star charts and take one home to locate constellations at night. Role-play celestial bodies to demonstrate planetary movement and discover why we have seasons. Create your own constellations!

recommended for Grades K–2, 4–5


recommended for Grades 2–3, 6–8 Make “elephant toothpaste” to demonstrate an exothermic catalytic reaction. Turn two liquids into a solid and learn about the power of polymers. Practice chromatography by making a colorful “butterfly.” Solve a mystery using simple chemistry.

NOT-SO-SIMPLE MACHINES recommended for Grades 1, 3–5, 7

Experiment with propellers in different sizes and shapes to speed your flying machine along a track. See how airplane wings provide lift. Test different wing sizes and shapes in a wind tunnel. Explore levers and pulleys. Design your own new form of transportation!


recommended for Grades 1, 3–4


recommended for Grades K–2, 4–5, 7 Grow a snowflake. Create a tornado in a bottle and design a tornado-proof house. Role-play a water droplet and move through the different phases of the water cycle. Construct a weather vane or anemometer to track the movement and power of wind.


AFTERSCHOOL ENRICHMENT VISITS Does your school provide afterschool care? Morehead offers its programs for Classroom Enrichment Visits (Page 12) as Afterschool Enrichment Visits, too. Program content may be adapted for afterschool groups that include several different grade levels. Maximum capacity: 20 children per session. If more than 20 children participate in your afterschool program, please schedule additional sessions to accommodate all participants (up to four sessions per day). These sessions are a fun way to provide STEM enrichment to your afterschool program. Morehead’s mobile planetarium is also available for afterschool programs; the “weekend/evening event” fee applies for any mobile planetarium visit occurring after regular school hours.

AT YOUR SCHOOL: Mobile Program Fees Extended Fee1

Max sessions per day

Max participants Session per session length

1 day

$275/additional day



90 min.


1 day

$150/additional day



90 min.

One-day school visit


1 day

$150/additional day



Weekend/evening event


2 hours

$75/additional hour



2 hours

1 day

$150/additional day



45–90 min.

2 hours

$75/additional hour



30–60 min.

Base Fee

Base Time

One-day school visit WITH mobile lab


One-day school visit WITHOUT mobile lab2

Mobile Lab VIsit

Mobile Planetarium Visit

Classroom Enrichment Visit One-day school visit


Afterschool Enrichment Visit One-day afterschool visit


Required Travel Fees4 Within 90-mile radius of Chapel Hill


More than 90 miles from Chapel Hill


1. If you need more than the maximum sessions per day to serve your students, please extend your reservation by adding consecutive days or hours (depending on program). The “Extended Fee” is your discounted cost for any consecutive days or hours you add. 2. This option provides a Morehead educator to lead any one of the mobile lab program’s high school or middle school modules and also provides all consumable materials needed for that module. However, this option does not include a visit from the mobile lab itself — your school must provide lab facilities and equipment for the Morehead educator to use in leading the module. 3. Mobile planetarium capacity varies by age group. The mobile planetarium can also accommodate two adults in addition to student participants. 4. Distances are calculated with the Google Maps application.


North Carolina Science Festival — founded and produced by

Morehead in 2010 — is a statewide series of science-themed events hosted by museums, science centers, parks, libraries, schools and many other community sites. In 2016, the Festival is scheduled for April 8–24 and will include hundreds of events, with many free programs and activities. Some events are ideal for class trips! Look for expos (hosted by universities and colleges throughout North Carolina), public lectures, tours and other special activities. All 2016 Festival events will be listed on the Festival website in the months before the Festival begins:


UNC Science Expo Saturday, April 9, 2016 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

UNC-Chapel Hill hosts one of the biggest science expos in the state as part of the NC Science Festival. This free expo features dozens of booths with exhibits and hands-on activities, behindthe-scenes tours of campus research laboratories, presentations by faculty and graduate students, live entertainment, play areas for young children and much more! The UNC Science Expo is a perfect opportunity for students to explore educational and career opportunities in science disciplines including archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, marine science, medical fields, nanotechnology, physics and other fields. Want to bring a large group of students to the UNC Science Expo? Contact Morehead in advance — we can help you have the best experience possible. Other universities host expos, too! All expos will appear on the NC Science Festival’s calendar of events in the spring.


Special Opportunities for K–12 Classes As part of the annual North Carolina Science Festival, Morehead invites teachers to submit applications for the Festival’s K–12 initiatives. If your application is selected, you’ll receive free resources to conduct activities for your students in March or April 2016. The Festival will accept applications Aug. 18–Sept. 18, 2015. To access the online application, visit today!

Duke Energy Science Nights (Grades K–5)

The Festival team distributes event kits, designed to help you host a fun family science night for your students and their families to more than 100 schools. Each kit includes a planning guide, 12 hands-on activities and all materials for up to 200 participants. (Look for six all-new activities in 2016!) Elementary schools, afterschool groups, PTAs and upper-level schools interested in hosting for their local elementary school students are welcome to apply.

Invite-a-Scientist (Grades 6–8)

The Festival team recruits dynamic and dedicated scientists from academia and industry to share their excitement about science with middle school students. Each visit is designed to inspire your students to consider science careers and to engage them in a fun, hands-on activity. Middle school educators are welcome to apply for a visit from a scientist to their classes. Visits may be in person or via Skype.

Science Spotlight (Grades 9–12)

Get your high school students talking about complex, interdisciplinary topics in science that have public policy implications, including energy and climate change. Students will have the unique opportunity to continue the discussion with a Festival-paired scientist in the field. High school educators in the sciences, civics, history or language arts are welcome to apply for this interdisciplinary program.


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What’s Inside? How To Make Your Reservation: Page 3 Planetarium Shows: Pages 5–7 Programs at Morehead: Pages 8–9 Programs at Your School: Pages 10–13 NC Science Festival Programs for Schools: Pages 14–15

Morehead School Resource Guide 2015-2016  

This guide provides a detailed catalog of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's on-site and outreach K-12 programs with registration inf...

Morehead School Resource Guide 2015-2016  

This guide provides a detailed catalog of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's on-site and outreach K-12 programs with registration inf...