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Science LIVE!

Ignite curiosity with live science demonstrations

Live shows on Morehead’s Science Stage captivate students of all ages! Each Science LIVE! program engages the audience with exciting science demonstrations. Specific demonstrations may vary depending on grade level.

Science LIVE! shows are included with admission to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Public show schedule:

  • Fridays: 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:00 pm
  • Saturdays: 11:30 am, 12:15 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:00 pm
  • Sundays: 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:00 pm

Matter makes up everything—it surrounds you, and can even change its appearance right before your eyes! We will learn about the states of matter, examine some tricky materials that exist between states of matter, make instant “snow,” and cap it all off by observing some colorful combustions using the chemical properties of different elements.

NC Standards Correlation 

In a program that Isaac Newton would have loved to attend, we will explore the fundamentals of physics through live
experiments. We’ll talk about forces and motion with some Carolina basketball flair, generate thousands of watts of electricity with our hair-raising Van Der Graaff generator, and do the coolest demonstration ever, literally, by observing nitrogen in two phases.

NC Standards Correlation 

For the very young scientists of the world (minimum age of 4 years old), this 30 minute live show will demonstrate some of Morehead’s most exciting science experiments. Participants will learn how we experiment with different materials and see how much fun science can really be in an accessible way


We put science under pressure in this program. We’ll demonstrate Bernoulli’s principle by levitating a beach ball, demonstrate how much air weighs by crushing a can, try to burst balloons with hundreds of nails, and make a huge
combustion in our “whoosh bottle.”