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. You can read our full statement here. While you’re here, check out Morehead At Home, an online hub of resources for you to enjoy at home!

Science on Your Street

Flexible, portable programming for schools and special events

Request one of Morehead’s newest dual-functioning programs! Designed to serve audiences in outdoor and indoor spaces, the GSK Science on Your Street (SOYS) enrichment program provides flexible programming for specific grades as well as the general public.

In a SOYS program, a Morehead educator will guide your group through a unique activity that will explore STEM fields such as chemistry and physics, as well as coding and engineering design. Hands-on experiences will encourage your group to discover STEM through the power of curiosity.

Activities are NC education standards-aligned, recommended for specific grade levels, and may be adapted for high school students, after-school groups, as well as special events.

GSK Science On Your Street

For Grades K-12

Length: 60 minutes to 120 minutes

Maximum Participants: 30

Maximum Sessions: Varies (please see “fees” section)

Students will discuss similarities and differences between Earth and other planets in our Solar System; learn how robotic explorers have investigated the planet Mars; and use coding with a real robot to explore a map of an Earth-like planet.

Grade Level Recommendation: Grades 3-5

NC Standards Correlation

Discuss the use of chariots in different cultures throughout history before designing and building your own. Then drive a Sphero robot to test the efficiency of your chariot.

Grade Level Recommendation: Grades 4-8

NC Standards Correlation

Simulate an astronaut team’s extravehicular mission (EVA) outside of the International Space Station, discuss the importance of robots and design a robot model for use in outer space.

Grade Level Recommendation: Grades 6-8

NC Standards Correlation

Learn introductory computer science and practice writing algorithms for your classmates. Then go on an adventure and guide your new robot friend Cubetto on a journey, using coded instructions. Students will practice using maps and working in teams to accomplish their coding goals.

Grade Level Recommendation: Grades K-3

NC Standards Correlation

Journey through space and time to learn about scientists from different backgrounds who helped explore our solar system and beyond! Use a Sphero robot to chart your own course and practice coding.

Grade Level Recommendation: Grades 4-8

NC Standards Correlation

Crazy chemistry abounds as students learn more about the phases of matter and all that they are capable of. Students can observe the creation of a vacuum to learn more about transitioning phases of matter, explore methods of heat transfer, and how to concoct a cascade of colorful foam using everyday ingredients.

Older students will experiment with polymers by mixing two liquids to form a solid, and discuss signs of physical and chemical changes.

Grade Level Recommendation: Grades 2-3, 5-8

Students will learn about force and motion, inertia and other concepts from Newton’s laws before applying this knowledge to launch rockets, pop balloons, and more.

Older students will investigate applications of force and energy while building model roller coasters, and then experiment with graphing motion.

Grade Level Recommendation: Grades K-1, 3-5, 7

Students will learn about stars and planets through kinetic and hands-on activities. Students may role play celestial bodies to mimic their movement through our night sky, make a model of our solar system that fits into their pocket, or consider the stories behind seasonal constellations.

Older students can pretend to be NASA engineers and build landing vehicles that explore rocky worlds or delve into NASA’s research in exoplanets.

Grade Level Recommendation: Grades 3-4, 6-7

This class will explore basic principles of weather as well as specific weather phenomena. Students may role-play a water droplet moving through the water cycle, make a cloud in a bottle, or investigate the scientific tools used to monitor weather conditions.

Older students will be able to discuss these same concepts at a higher and more detailed level.

Grade Level Recommendation: Grades 4-5, 7


  • One-day visit: $300
    • Maximum number of sessions: 3
  • Session Length: 75 minutes – 90 minutes
  • Each additional, consecutive day: $200 per day
  • Maximum participants: 30 per session

Scholarship assistance is available pending qualifications.

Afterschool Visit

  • Two-hour visit: $200
    • Maximum number of sessions: 2
  • Extended Fee: $75 per hour
  • Maximum participants: 30 per session

Special Event (weekend/evening)

  • Two-hour visit: $375
    • Maximum number of sessions: 1
  • Extended Fee: $75 per hour
  • Maximum participants: N/A

Travel Fees

  • Sites within 90 miles of Chapel Hill: $50 per day
  • Sites more than 90 miles from Chapel Hill: $200 per day
  • All travel fees are calculated using Google Maps.

Do you have a special event or birthday party?! What about a community event, a street fair, festival, or Scout program? Let the Science on Your Street team bring activities to you for your special day.

All of our activities can be transported and set up at your event space. When accompanied by the GSK Science on Your Street educational vehicle, we can set up a classroom wherever you would like—even the parking lot! Make your event out of this world with fun, science-filled activities. See pricing in the fees section, and request your special event using the form at the link above.

Visits canceled two weeks prior to visit date are eligible for a refund of fees. Visits canceled less than two weeks prior to visit date are not eligible for a refund of fees.

Morehead may waive this policy if the visit is canceled due to school closure for inclement weather, fire or other emergency condition.

Myles Aitken | Science Programs Outreach Educator