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High School Earth Sciences

Morehead educators have carefully studied the North Carolina Essential Standards. Our educators have also reviewed all of our programming to identify the best correlations between our shows and your curriculum. Based on this review, we are pleased to make the following recommendations.

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Best Choice Fulldome Planetarium Show

All of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s planetarium shows are now presented in stunning high-definition fulldome digital video in the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater. If you see only one fulldome planetarium show during your visit, we recommend seeing the “best choice” show. The “best choice” show most closely aligns with your curriculum objectives. For High School Earth Science, two shows can be considered “best choice.”

Carolina Skies: Middle and High School NC Essential Standards

Explore the mysteries of the heavens, including seasonal bright stars, constellations, planets, the Moon and the Milky Way in this live, presenter-led fulldome digital night sky tour. Students will experience how the motions of Earth and the celestial bodies change what we see in the sky. The new fulldome digital system can also “transport” students off Earth to investigate the Solar System and beyond.

Dynamic Earth NC Essential Standards

Ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, swim alongside sharks and whales and fly into a volcano! Explore the inner workings of Earth's climate system, following a trail of energy that flows from our Sun. Produced by Spitz Creative Media in association with the National Center of Supercomputing Applications, Thomas Lucas Productions, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA Earth Science.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System Educator Resources NC Essential Standards

Experience weather extremes in space as never before. Fly through the dense atmosphere on Venus, methane storms on Titan and centuries-old anti-cyclones on Jupiter. We’ll explore the Solar System alongside our specially designed imaginary spacecraft, so sophisticated that it can take us into the fiercest of planetary cauldrons - bringing us up close with the most beautiful, powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in the Solar System. With lightning 10,000 times stronger than on Earth, winds of 1,200 miles per hour, and dust storms five miles high that could engulf entire planets, audiences will be glad they live on Earth! Produced by National Geographic.

Additional Great Fulldome Planetarium Show Choices

For Earth Science educators who would like their groups to view more than one fulldome show, we recommend seeing both "best choice" shows.

Science LIVE! Programs

Morehead educators present Science LIVE! on the Science Stage and, with advance notice, will tailor presentations to match your group’s grade level and curriculum.

Magnificent Matter NC Essential Standards

Can a liquid be ripped in half? How are fireworks of differing colors made? Strange things can happen in this live presentation as we heat, cool, stretch and mix certain materials and chemicals to discover their properties. You’ve got to see it to believe it. Audience participation is encouraged.

Phenomenal Physics NC Essential Standards

Dramatic demonstrations and interactive experiments play a starring role as we discover the physics of our everyday world. How can a glass of water be turned upside down without the water falling out? Can the human body be used to make an electrical circuit? Audience participation is encouraged as we experiment with forces, motion and electromagnetism. A field trip favorite!

Human Body Test NC Essential Standards

In this celebration of human biology, the audience learns fun facts about what makes us so special. We’ll put our senses to the test with a variety of incredible demonstrations. We will use optical illusions to discover how our eyes and brains work together to produce sight. After that, we will “see” sounds with our music and laser demonstration! This program is our latest and greatest Science LIVE! offering, guaranteed to leave your students with a sixth sense – the sense of wonder!

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