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Special Projects

Morehead team member working on a new planetarium show

Many of Morehead's programs are multi-year projects that are complex affairs that include widespread partnerships, extensive evaluation and, in some cases, potentially broad impact on the informal science education field.

Here's a list of our current special projects:

  • "Grossology and You": Collaborating with the author of GROSSOLOGY®, the popular children's book series, Morehead is taking fulldome planetarium shows in a new direction with a production centered around health sciences. In addition, this project features a companion exhibit that focuses on careers in the health sciences field. The exhibit and the show debuted in 2014. This project is funded through a Science Education Parnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health. Learn More
  • "Take Flight​": With funding support from NASA's CP4SMP program, Morehead is producing a new fulldome planetarium show about aeronautics principles. Morehead will also produce a web-based curriculum and provide portable planetarium visits to traditionally underserved areas of the state as part of the project. Take Flight will debut in 2016.
  • Science Festival Alliance: The National Science Foundation helps support work by several collaborating institutions, including Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, MIT Museum, the Franklin Institute and the University of California, San Francisco, to mentor new science festivals and expand the capacity of science festivals to capitalize on areas of strength.
  • EvalFest: Twenty-four science festivals are collaborating in a $1.8-million National Science Foundation research project, EvalFest, that will measure the impact these science festivals make on their participants. Over the next three years, the science festivals will survey their participants -- men, women and children of all races and ages who attend festival-sponsored educational programs and events -- to help identify how effective science festivals are. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Karen Peterman Evaluation and University of California at San Francisco are providing leadership for this project. Learn More