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Science On Your Street Enrichment Program

Science on Your Street at the 2018 Gravity Games


Request Morehead’s newest dual-functioning program!  Designed to serve audiences in outdoor and indoor spaces, the Science on Your Street (SOYS) 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.

SOYS Activities | Fees and Requirements

Request a Visit Cancellation Policy 

SOYS Activities

Science on Your Street activities are standards aligned and recommended for specific grade levels. However, the program may be adapted for high school students, afterschool groups as well as special events.

Explore Your Habitat

Discuss similarities and differences between Earth and other planets in our Solar System. Discuss how robotic explorers have investigated the planet Mars. Use coding and a real robot to explore a map of an Earth-like planet.
Recommended for grades 3-5 (See NC Standards for this program here).

Chariot Races

Discuss the use of chariots in different cultures throughout history before designing and building your own. Drive a Sphero robot to test the efficiency of your chariot.
Recommended for grades 4-8 (See NC Standards for this program here).

Mission: International Space Station

Simulate an astronaut team’s extravehicular mission (EVA) outside of the International Space Station. Discuss the importance of robots. Design a robot model for use in outer space. 
Recommended for grades 6-8 (See NC Standards for this program here).

Coding with Cubetto

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.
Recommended for grades K-3 (See NC Standards for this program here).

Cosmic Coding

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.
Recommended for grades 4-8 (See NC Standards for this program here).


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.
Recommended for grades 2-3, 5-8.

Newton In Motion

Let’s get familiar with physics! The laws of physics impact everything around us. 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.
Recommended for grades K-1, 3-5, 7.

Star Power

Explore outer space from the comfort of your classroom! 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.
Recommended for grades 3-4, 6-7.

Weather Wise

Weather can be wild, wicked, and wonderful! Don’t you want to be Weather Wise? 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.
Recommended for grades 4-5, 7.


Fees and Requirements

  Base Fee Base Time Extended Fee MAX. sessions/day Session length
One-day visit* $300 1 day $200/additional day 3 75-90 mins.
One-day afterschool visit* $200 2 hrs. $75/additional hour 2 60 mins.
Weekend/evening event $375 2 hrs. $75/additional hour 1 2 hrs. 








*Thirty maximum students per session for one-day visit and one-day afterschool visit. 
*Travel fee of $50 for within 90 miles; $200 outside 90 miles

Special Events

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. Request your special event using the form at the link above!

Request a Visit

  • Submit a request at the link at the top of the page.
  • Confirm with your school how fees will be paid and provide information on the online request form.
  • Scheduling for visits is based on remaining availability.
  • If selected to receive a SOYS visit, Morehead will send a notification email with visit dates and guidelines.

Cancellation Policy

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.

More Info

Myles Aitken

Science Programs Outreach Educator