Build your own flying machine, study a hawk moth, learn about gliding lizards -- it's all part of the fun at Family Science Day: Take Flight on Sunday, March 6 (1-4 p.m.) at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
The free event celebrates "Take Flight," Morehead's newest planetarium show, with hands-on activities and special presentations, designed to help children and parents/caregivers explore aeronautics and related science topics.
Morehead's Science Stage will feature presentations by Duke University's Irene Liu, who will discuss bird conservation in NC; NASA Solar System Ambassador Tony Rice, who will speak about flight on other planets; and graduate students from UNC's Hedrick Lab, who will share research about vultures and gliding lizards. These talks will alternate with live science demonstrations of the four forces of flight.
Hands-on activities involve rocket balloons, paper airplanes, LEGO flying machines, nano materials used in aircraft, and an assortment of flying toys.
In addition to the special Family Science Day activities, Morehead will present its "Take Flight" show at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Regular ticket prices apply to these planetarium shows, which will replace the regular Sunday show schedule for this day only.
Morehead is on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus (250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel HIll). For more information, visit www.moreheadplanetarium.org or call 919-962-1236.