Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, as a unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has suspended public operations until further notice because of ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns. Please read our full statement here. 

Discovery Classes

Hands-on learning specifically designed for school groups

These interactive classes add an exciting dimension to your school visit to Morehead Planetarium & Science Center.

Check out the 2019-2020 Teacher’s Guide for additional field trip experience options or visit our Field Trip page.

Please Note

Discovery Classes will be available beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

Students in a Discovery Class

Available Classes

For Grades 3-7

Length: 45 minutes

Maximum participants: 30 students per session

 

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 we have day and night? What causes eclipses? We’ll answer these questions and more as we “dance the night away.”

Grade Level Recommendations: Grades 3 and 4

NC Standards Correlation

What does our solar system really look like? How do we know? In this hands-on adventure, students become NASA engineers as they collaborate in teams to design, build and test interplanetary landers that are needed to explore rocky worlds like Mars.

Grade Level Recommendations: Grades 3, 5, 6 and 7

NC Standards Correlation

For years humans dreamed of flying like birds, and now we can! Join us to test flying machines and investigate the four forces necessary to get humans, birds and other animals off the ground and into the air.

Grade Level Recommendations: Grades 3-7

Questions?

Check out the Field Trip frequently asked questions.