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 in the Summer™ FAQs

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We’ve got answers. Read below for frequently asked questions about Science in the Summer™.

Girl in lab coat and goggles.

After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel in-person GSK Science in the Summer (SIS) 2020 programming. While we are disappointed, this decision was made in the best interest of your child(ren), Morehead staff, and our SIS host sites.

If you were registered for an in-person session, you were notified by email in May.

We are no longer accepting registrations for Science in the Summer 2020.

Fortunately, there is good news! You and your family will have access to downloadable, printable SIS activities that will engage your child while at home. We have selected activities that use household items which we hope will make them easier to complete. Additionally, you will have access to a booklist with chemistry-related titles, pre-recorded videos where a Morehead educator will lead activities, and step-by-step activity instructions.

The resources will be posted on our Science in the Summer website in July.

Yes! You and your family will have access to downloadable, printable SIS activities that will engage your child while at home. We have selected activities that use household items which we hope will make them easier to complete. Additionally, you will have access to a book list with chemistry-related titles, pre-recorded videos where a Morehead educator will lead activities, and step-by-step activity instructions.

The resources will be posted on our Science in the Summer website in July.

If you completed and submitted your registrations and forms you will automatically receive confirmation emails. Please check your spam folder for email messages from “GSK Science in the Summer” or from “@email.unc.edu” or @unc.edu” addresses.

Log in to your online Active Network account using the password you submitted on the registration form.

If you registered your child for the incorrect level, email scienceinthesummer@unc.edu to cancel the existing registration. You’ll need to complete the registration process again to properly register your child for the correct level.

A parent, guardian or approved adult must:

  1. Enter the SIS classroom with your child,
  2. Verify your identity by presenting a government-issued photo identification to the SIS educator, and
  3. Sign your child IN at drop-off and OUT at pick-up each day. Please allow adequate time to complete this process.

PLEASE NOTE: The SIS educator is the only person permitted to check identification and facilitate the sign-in/sign-out process. Library staff members and high school assistants cannot do so.

During registration, please provide the names of two parents or legal guardians AND up to five other adults to drop off and pick up your child from SIS. Adults must be 18 or older. Only individuals on this list will be able to drop off and pick up your child.

You will be able to make changes to your list using the online account created during registration until April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. After that time, you must email the Science in the Summer Office to make any additional changes to the list of approved adults.

The list of approved individuals is final at 12 pm on the Thursday before your child’s SIS session begins. There are no exceptions.