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Due to filming on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, parking and traffic will be impacted from July 5 to 12. If you plan to park in the UNC-owned lot in front of our building, please visit our Plan A Visit page. 

Science LIVE!

Spark 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 (June – August):

  • Tuesday – Friday: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm
  • Saturday: 11:30 am, 12:15 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:00 pm

Science LIVE! Programs

For Grades K-12

Length: 45 minutes
Maximum participants: 74 students per show

Group Visit/Field Trip Add-On

Our bodies need to be “all systems go” for us to get through each day. Join us to take an in-depth look at skin, hair, and fingernails with a digital microscope; create an electrical circuit with your body; ignite a jelly bean to demonstrate metabolism; and test reaction times of your eyes and hands!

NC Standards Correlation 

Matter makes up everything around us – it surrounds you, and can even change its appearance right before your eyes! We’ll learn about the states of matter, examine some tricky materials that exist between states, 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 Sir Isaac Newton himself 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 (minimum age of 4 years old), we’ll demonstrate some of Morehead’s most exciting science experiments. Participants will learn how we experiment withy different materials and see how much fun science can be in an accessible way. This show’s biggest goal is to help our youngest learners get excited about exploring science moving forward.

We put science under pressure in this program! We’ll demonstrate Bernoulli’s principle with a 10-foot-long bag and just your breath, show you how much air actually weighs by crushing a can with it, try to burst balloons with hundreds of nails, and make a huge combustion reaction with our “whoosh bottle.”


Check out the Field Trip frequently asked questions.