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Enrichment Visits

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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. Enrichment visits are aligned to NC Essential Standards and can be tailored to fit your grade-level needs. 

Morehead's enrichment visits content may be adapted for afterschool groups that include several different grade levels. These visits are a fun way to provide STEM enrichment to your afterschool program.

Planning Your Visit

Programs Offered | Fees and Requirements 

Request a Visit | Cancellation Policy | Program Details

Programs Offered

  • Adaptation 101: Animals - Recommended for Grades K–2, 4–5, 7
  • CHEM-MESS-TRY - Recommended for Grades 2–3, 6–8
  • Newton in Motion - Recommended for Grades K-1, 3–5, 7
  • Star Power - Recommended for Grades 1, 3–4, 6-7
  • Weather Wise - Recommended for Grades 4–5, 7

See detailed program information below.

Fees and Requirements

Classroom Enrichment Visit

  • $200 for a one-day visit, $150 for each additional consecutive day.
  • 3 sessions per day, maximum of 30 students per session.
  • Each session is 45-90 minutes.
  • Sessions are led by the Morehead educator. Teacher must be present during sessions.
  • Sites within a 90-mile radius of Chapel Hill have no travel fee. Sites more than 90 miles from Chapel Hill have an additional $180 travel fee per each additional day required. This fee may be adjusted if visits are scheduled for nearby sites on consecutive days. 

Afterschool Enrichment Visit

  • $150 for a 2 hour visit, $75 for each additional hour.
  • 4 sessions per day, maximum of 20 students per session.
  • Each session is 30-60 minutes.
  • Sessions are led by the Morehead educator. Teacher must be present during sessions.
  • Sites within a 90-mile radius of Chapel Hill have no travel fee. Sites more than 90 miles from Chapel Hill have an additional $180 travel fee per day. This fee may be adjusted if visits are scheduled for nearby sites on consecutive days. 

Request a Visit

  • Submit Enrichment Visits online request form.
  • Confirm with school how fees will be paid and provide information on online request form.
  • Forms submitted by early September of the current school year receive priority scheduling. Forms can be submitted at any time during the year. Scheduling for visits is based on remaining availability.
  • If selected to receive a classroom or afterschool enrichment visit, Morehead will send a notification email with visit dates and guidelines.

Cancellation Policy

Visits canceled two weeks prior to visit date are eligible for a refund of fees. Visits canceled less than two weeks prior to visit date are not eligible for a refund of fees. Morehead may waive this policy if the visit is canceled due to school closure for inclement weather, fire or other emergency condition

Program Details

Specific activities may vary depending on grade level.

  • Adaptation 101: Animals - Recommended for Grades K–2, 4–5, 7
    Learn all about animals and how they survive in their unique habitats! Students can role-play hungry birds to learn how adaptations assist individual species in survival or go on a “sea-fari” to examine marine life specimens to see for themselves the beautiful biodiversity that surrounds us. Older students will investigate how these helpful adaptations are linked to genetic inheritance, both in animals and in humans. No live animals are involved in this presentation.

  • CHEM-MESS-TRY - Recommended for Grades 2–3, 6–8
    Crazy chemistry abounds as students learn more about the phases of matter and all that they are capable of. Students can observe the creation of a vacuum to learn more about transitioning phases of matter, or how to concoct a cascade of colorful foam using everyday ingredients. Older students will experiment with polymers by mixing two liquids to form a solid, while discussing signs that a chemical reaction has occurred.

  • Newton in Motion - Recommended for Grades K-1, 3–5, 7
    Let’s get familiar with physics! The laws of physics impact everything around us. Students will learn about force and motion, inertia and other concepts from Newton’s laws before applying this knowledge to explore simple machines. Participants can make a puppet to learn the parts of a lever or learn about mechanical advantage by using pulleys. Older students may investigate the use of different forces while constructing airplanes, wind turbines and other technologies.

  • Star Power - Recommended for Grades 1, 3–4, 6-7
    Explore outer space from the comfort of your classroom! Students will learn about stars and planets through kinetic and hands-on activities. Students may role play celestial bodies to mimic their movement through our night sky, make a model of our solar system that fits into their pocket, or consider the stories behind seasonal constellations. Older students can pretend to be NASA engineers and build landing vehicles that explore rocky worlds or delve into NASA’s research in exoplanets.

  • Weather Wise - Recommended for Grades 4–5, 7
    Weather can be wild, wicked, and wonderful! Don’t you want to be Weather Wise? This class will explore basic principles of weather as well as specific weather phenomena. Students may role-play a water droplet moving through the water cycle, make a cloud in a bottle, or construct scientific tools to monitor the weather occurring outside their school. Older students will have opportunities to investigate higher level weather concepts such as El Niño or the effect of air pollution on human populations.

Customized Program Option:

If you don’t see the curriculum needed for your classroom or program above, then please contact us regarding creating a customized curriculum program. We are able to accommodate this request in a limited capacity.