We have reopened our doors to the public. Here’s what you need to know to plan a fun, safe visit to the new Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

What you Need to Know

Virtual STEMville

Student working on science project

An expedition of science for Grades K-12!

Will you take Astronomy Avenue or the Experiment Expressway to get to STEMville? Will you stop by the Scientist Block Party on your way?

On this epic journey, students will explore a variety of STEM concepts through engaging virtual workshop sessions with Morehead educators and scientists from our state. We’ll use special planetarium software to learn about the sky and other current astronomy topics. We’ll conduct exciting science experiments in our lab, and talk with scientists about different scientific methods for their research.

But the fun won’t stop there! Read below for more program details.

Available Sessions

Program Start: October 27

Tuesdays | Families
Wednesdays | By reservation only for groups

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In this Virtual STEMville experience, participants will explore current astronomy topics, learn about hidden science stories, and observe our night sky using planetarium software.

Elementary School (Grades K-5)
These standards-aligned lessons will focus on objects in our solar system, how they move and change over time, and how they fit together to make our place in space so great. 

Middle/High School (Grades 6-12) 
These standards-aligned lessons will focus on current space missions, aeronautics, and the exploration of the solar system and beyond. Groups will also
have the opportunity to dive deeper into current Physics/Astronomy topics. These lessons will focus on topics ranging from navigating our sky with seasonal constellations to exploring the nature of black holes. 

Morehead astronomers and guest scientists may also provide live Q&A and additional activities and resources for further at-home science enrichment.  

This program’s duration is 45 minutes.

Best For: Grades 3-12

Join the dynamic duo of educator and scientist while they conduct a fun scientific demonstration or activity for your students! Your students will meet a real scientist and learn about their path to becoming a scientist and how they use the scientific method in their research!

This program’s duration is 45 minutes.   

Elementary School (Grades K-5) 
All the fun and energy of a Science Stage show delivered directly to you. A live presenter will demonstrate exciting science experiments on your screen and answer your questions. Participants will have the opportunity to see what might be the world’s strongest balloon, learn what a “non-Newtonian fluid” is, and we might even start a fire tornado 

Middle/High School (Grades 6-12) 
Some experiments are just too dangerous to do at home… fortunately we have some trained scientists ready to do them from the safety of our lab and on your screen! Expect to see both fire and ice as a live presenter answers your questions and performs exciting chemistry and physics demonstrations in this
one-of-a-kind experience. 

This program’s duration is 45 minutes.   

Here at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, we’re proud to serve North Carolina schools and provide students with high-quality STEM experiences that they’ll remember for a lifetime. That’s why we’ve reserved Wednesdays for educators and other groups to request tailored Virtual STEMville sessions.

To request your session(s):

  1. Choose from the following options:
    1. Astronomy Avenue
    2. Scientist Block Party!
    3. Experiment Expressway
  2. Submit your request here.

After we’ve received your request, you’ll work with our reservations team to finalize details, and then our educators to tailor your session content.

Got questions? 



Educators & Other Groups

$125 + tax for 1 session


$325 + tax for 3 sessions

Members & Families
Member Fee

$16 + tax per session

Non-Member Fee

$20 + tax per session

Multi-session discount:

Registering for 5 or more sessions? Use discount code STEMVILLE20 to receive $2 off each session when you purchase 5 or more sessions in the same order.

Not available for members. Only valid when purchasing 5 sessions in a single transaction.

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Additional Information

  • This is a rotating weekly program. Please pay close attention to the schedule to ensure that you have registered your student for the appropriate session.
  • Sessions will be held from October 27 to December 16, 2020.
  • Sessions will be held via Zoom meetings/webinars. Links and instructions on how to access the virtual session will be sent by email the day prior to each session at noon.
  • FOR EDUCATORS & OTHER GROUPS: Virtual STEMville sessions are available by reservation every Wednesday. You can choose your own program content and tailor the experience for your students! Submit your request here when you’re ready. (Registration open October 7.)
  • Participants under the age of 18 must also submit a completed waiver form no later than 8AM on the day before the session to participate. The form will be provided after check-out in your confirmation email.
  • All sales are final. In the event that a session is cancelled, participants may either reschedule or receive a refund.
  • Sessions with fewer than 10 registered participants may be cancelled, and registered participants will have the opportunity to reschedule, or receive a refund. These cancellations will be communicated no less than one week in advance.

Contact our reservations team at mpsc_reservations@unc.edu.