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Enrichment Experiences

Hands-on learning specifically designed for school groups

These interactive classes add an extra dimension to your school visit to Morehead. Students can explore astronomy, earth science, and physics through hands-on, minds-on Enrichment Experiences led by a Morehead educator.

Please note that this experience is an add-on program for field trips and other special reservations. This is not a standalone reservation option.

Available Classes

For Grades 1-8

Length: 45 minutes
Maximum participants: 30 students per session

How do we know so much about the night sky above our heads? Well, all you need to do is look! In this eyes-on class, you will practice using real astronomy equipment like telescopes and binoculars. You will see what makes them different and learn which one turns you upside down!

Grade Level Recommendations: Grades 1 and 2
Recommended Planetarium Show Pairing: Magic Tree House Space Mission 

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

Have you ever wondered why we have earthquakes? In this hands-on class, you will learn about seismic waves and how the Earth’s structure leads to earthquakes. You can even put your skills to the test by trying to build an earthquake-proof house!

Grade Level Recommendations: Grades 3-5
Recommended Show Pairing: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

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 3-8
Recommended Planetarium Show Pairing: Take Flight

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