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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 grade level’s curriculum objectives.

Solar System Odyssey Curriculum Guide NC Essential Standards

What conditions are needed for a planet or moon to sustain life? How are the worlds of our solar system different from or similar to each other? In this new, character-driven adventure set in the future, a business tycoon sends our hero, Jack Larson, on a mission to discover a new home for humans to colonize. This lively Morehead-produced fulldome digital adventure transports audiences on an exciting exploration though our cosmic neighborhood, including the icy rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s volcano-ridden moon Io, and the sub-zero methane lakes of Titan. Join us for a wild ride through our Solar System! Pairs well with the Discovery Class Solar Systematics.


Additional Great Fulldome Planetarium Show Choices

The following shows are also appropriate for your grade level and complements the “best choice” show.

Earth, Moon and Sun Curriculum Guide NC Essential Standards

Learn why the Sun rises and sets. See how Earth’s rotation and revolution relate to day and night and what we see in the sky. Explore the Moon’s orbit, phases, eclipses and surface features. Then journey to the Moon with the Apollo astronauts. With the help of Coyote, a character adapted from Native American oral traditions, this original Morehead fulldome digital production examines the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun, as well as some of our common misconceptions. Pairs well with the Discovery Class Round and Round We Go.

Carolina Skies: Upper Elementary 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. Pairs well with the Discovery Class Solar Systematics.


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.

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!

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.

All Systems Go NC Essential Standards

Why do our hearts beat? How do we get energy? How many cells do our bodies have? What does our skin look like when it's magnified? Come find out in Science LIVE! All Systems Go. This adventure is all about the human body -- lots of systems that work separately and work together, too! We wouldn't be able to function without the systems within our bodies.


Discovery Classes

Discovery Classes are hands-on, minds-on and designed specifically for your students. These programs add an exciting dimension to your visit.

Solar Systematics NC Essential Standards

What does our Solar System really look like? How do we know? In this hands-on adventure, students become NASA engineers as they design, build and test interplanetary landers that are needed to explore rocky worlds like Mars. Then they jump on board NASA’s Kepler Mission to learn about what it takes to be a planet hunter.

Round and Round We Go NC Essential Standards

Get ready to move as we explore the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun in this highly interactive and kinesthetic class. Why does the Moon’s shape seem to change? Why do different constellations appear at different times of the year? We’ll answer these questions and more as we “dance the night away.” One of Morehead’s most popular offerings!

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