STEMville Science Symposium

Explore STEM careers and meet other young explorers at STEMville Science Symposium!

STEMville Science Symposium is a half-day science conference for children in grades four through seven. They meet and talk with scientists and researchers, participate in workshops and conduct experiments – constructing solar cells, extracting DNA from strawberries, building catapults and more.

STEMville Science Symposium is designed to be like a professional conference for career scientists in every way. There’s even a keynote speaker and a swag bag complete with notebook, pen, conference program, t-shirt and other goodies!

This event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival (NCSciFest), an annual statewide initiative of Morehead.

STEMville Science Symposium

2021 Symposium

Friday, April 16, 2021
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
250 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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5:00 PM                             Sign-in and Explore Exhibits

5:30 – 6:15 PM                  Keynote address in the GSK Fulldome Theater

6:25 – 6:55 PM                  1st Breakout Session

7:00 – 7:30 PM                  2nd Breakout Session

7:40 – 8:00 PM                 Carolina Skies show in the GSK Fulldome Theater

Dismissal will begin promptly at 8:00 PM.

Parents/guardians will be able to park, walk up to a table, and sign out their student(s) after presenting a valid photo ID.

Dr. Checo J. Rorie

Checo J. Rorie is a college professor and cancer scientist at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.  He grew up in rural Marshville, NC, with a large garden where his family grew vegetables and raised chickens.  As a kid, one of his favorite cartoons was The Jetsons which was a family who traveled in a flying car and had a robot to help clean the house.  In his high school biology class, he enjoyed dissecting a worm, frog, and shark.  He enjoyed learning about living things and went to college to become a scientist.  He now lives in Greensboro, NC, with his wife who is a dentist, his three daughters, and his French bulldog named Polo.

  • Registration closes March 31.
  • Registration must be completed online and payment is required at the time of registration.
  • Registration is not complete until we have received the required signed waiver.
  • Max capacity is 32 students. There will be a waitlist; registrants will be notified if and when their student’s registration is approved.
  • Fees are $25 per participant.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center remains committed to the health and safety of our guests and staff. We have strong policies and protocols in place which include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Reducing event capacity to 32
  • Limiting the number of participants in each breakout session to 8
  • Requiring a symptoms check before permitting entry to the building
  • Maintaining at least 6 ft. physical distancing in all spaces
  • Requiring face masks at all times while inside the building
  • Leaving doors and windows open to increase air exchange when possible
  • Providing individual materials kits during activities
  • Increased cleaning protocols

For more information on other things we are doing to keep staff and guests safe, please review our current safety protocols online. Parents/guardians can expect ongoing communication related to health and safety precautions before the event.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact

Carla Robinson | STEMville Coordinator

NCSciFest 2021

This is an official event of NCSciFest 2021. Participants are encouraged to explore the complete calendar of events for more exciting science events happening in North Carolina from April 1-30! Learn more here.

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