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Science Programs

Our interactive science programs are designed to promote student investigation and critical thinking. Led by a museum educator, programs include age-appropriate activities and encourage student participation. All museum programs meet learning standards outlined in North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study.

Don't see a program that meets your needs? We are happy to design a special program for you. Many of our programs can be adapted to meet high school standards, fulfilling many competency goals in STEM subjects.

 

Pre-K Science Programs

Our preschool programs are designed to introduce children to various scientific topics and ideas through hands-on learning. Programs are 30 – 45 minutes long.

Animal Encounters – Students see live animals up close as we talk about adaptation, classification, food, and habitats. Students have th opportunity to touch one of the animals at the conclusion of the program.

$7 per person
Serves up to 100 people

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs -  Learn what differentiates insects from other animals as we look at how they eat, crawl, fly, and more!

$7 per person
Serves up to 100 people

Diary of a Worm – Get ready to squirm into the lives of worms as we use story time to teach about these small creatures and why we need them!

$7 per person
Serves up to 30 people

Dynamic Dinosaurs - Step back in time to learn about these amazing prehistoric creatures! Students learn about paleontology as they explore what fossils can tell us about dinosaurs. We look closely at features that helped dinosaurs survive during the Mesozoic time period. Students make a dinosaur rubbing to take home.

$7 per person
Serves up to 30 people

Pop, Fizz, Wow! - This exciting program explores the world of chemical reactions.  We make elephant toothpaste, fill balloons with various gases to compare their weights, and make carbon dioxide!

$7 per person
Serves up to 30 people

School Age Science Classes

Our science programs are designed to encourage your students to think like scientists as they hypothesize and experiment. We offer programming for students ranging from kindergarten to 8thgrade following state standards. These cover a wide range of scientific topics and ideas. Programs range from 45-60 minutes long.

 

Biology & Life Science Classes

Animal Encounters Students see live animals up close as we talk about adaptation, classification, food, and habitats. Students have the opportunity to touch an animal pelt and one of the animals at the conclusion of the program. Serves up to 100 *K.L.1; 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2; 1.L.2.2; 2.L.1.1; 2.L.2.1; 2.L.2.2; 3.L.1.2; 4.L.1.2; 4.L.1.4; 5.L.2.2; 6.L.2.1

Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Forensics: Case of the Murdered Mayor - Using deductive reasoning and keen observation, students assume the role of crime scene investigators. They use blood typing (synthetic blood samples) and tire impressions to find the murderer. This class is recommended for grades 4 and up. 60 minutes. 4.P.1; 4.P.2; 5.P.2.3; 5.L.2; 8.L.4

Serves up to 30 people
$10 per person

Insect World – Students investigate the largest group of animals on the planet (75% of known species), insects. Students learn how insects see, fly, eat, and more. One lucky student will get to experience life as a bug. *K.L.1.1; K.L.1.2; 1.L.1.1 - 1.L.1.3; 1.L.2.2; 2.L.1.1; 2.L.1.2

Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Whooo’s Food – Investigate the food chain and dissect an owl pellet to see whooo’s been eaten! In the game of predator and prey, someone has to lose.*1.L.2.2; 3.L.1.1; 4.L.1.1; 4.L.1.2; 5.L.2.2; 5.L.2.3; 6.L.2.1; 8.L.3.1; 8.L.3.2; 8.L.3.3; 8.L.5.1; 8.L.5.2

Serves up to 30 people
$10 per person

Plant Life Cycles – Investigate plant life cycles with us as we talk about seed dispersal, dissect plants, and make paper samaras. Students will be able to dissect different types of plants to investigate just how they work! Serves up to 30 *1.L.1.1, 3.I.2.1, 3.L.2.3, 5.L.2.3, 6.L.1.1

Serves up to 30 people
$7 per person

 

Physical Science Classes

Big Chill – Explore the world of cryogenics during this chilling presentation. Students watch nitrogen boil, see how physical characteristics change, and end the program with a sweet treat! This program is only offered March - November. *2.P.2.1; 2.P.2.2; 3.P.2.1 - 3.P.2.3; 3.P.3.1; 3.P.3.2; 4.P.1.1; 4.P.1.2; 4.P.2.1; 5.P.2.3; 6.P.2.1; 6.P.2.2; 6.P.3.1; 6.P.3.3; 7.E.1.1; 8.P.1.1

Serves up to 30 people
$11 per person

Fun with Polymers – What do plastic bags, slime, rubber and PVC pipes have in common? Find out with this hands-on program. Students will go through investigative stations to figure out exactly what a polymer is. Serves up to 40 *3.P.2.2, 3.P.2.3, 4.P.2.1, 5.P.2.3, 6.P.2.1

Serves up to 30 people
$7 per person

Pop, Fizz, BOOM! – In one of our most popular programs, we explore the properties of matter. Volunteers assist with experiments showing physical and chemical changes, including both endothermic and exothermic reactions. In each experiment we test gases produced by observing how they react with fire. Even teachers have a blast!   *2.P.2.1 - 2.P.2.3; 3.P.2.1 - 3.P.2.3; 3.P.3.2; 4.P.2.1; 5.P.3.1; 5.P.3.2; 6.P.2.1; 6.P.3.1; 7.E.1.1; 8.P.1.1 - 8.P.1.4

Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Phenomenal Physics – What makes an object move? It is all a matter of physics! We use Newton’s Laws of Physics to explore force, motion, and gravity. Serves up to 100 *1.P.1.1, 1.P.1.3, 3.P1.1, 3.P.1.2, 3.P.1.3, 5.P.1.1, 5.P.1.4, 7.P.1.2

Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Catch the Wave – What did one ocean say to the other? Nothing, they just waved! Find out the difference between sound and light waves through experimentation! Serves up to 100 *2.P.1.1, 2.P.1.2, 4.P.3.1, 4.P.3.2, 6.P.1.2, 6.P.1.3, 6.P.3.2

Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

 

Earth Science Classes

Digging in the Dirt: Archaeology & Paleontology –  Students learn the difference between archaeology and paleontology and the importance of context as they examine artifacts and fossils. Students hunt for fossils in matrix from the Miocene epoch and get to keep their finds! (Pre-K and up) *K.C.1.2; K.G.1.3; K.H.1.1; K.H.1.3; K.L.1; 1.G.1.1-1.G.1.3; 1.G.2.1-1.G.2.3; 1.H.1.1; 1.L.1; 2.E.1.4; 2.G.1.1; 2.G.2.1; 2.H.1.1; 2.H.1.3; 2.L.1; 2.L.2.2; 3.C.1.3; 3.G.1.2; 3.G.1.4; 3.H.1.1; 3.H.1.3; 3.H.2.1-3.H.2.2; 3.E.1.1-3.E.1.2; 4.E.2; 4.G.1.1; 4.G.1.3; 4.H.1.3; 4.L.1; 5.C.1.2; 5.G.1.1; 5.L.2; 5.L.3; 8.E.2.1 ; 8.E.2.2; 8.L.4.1

Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person

Weather-Or-Not – This “hair-raising” experience exposes how weather works. We explore why weather happens and the various types of weather. Students participate in demonstrations that explore rainbows, wind, the water cycle, cloud formations, tornadoes, and lightning.*2.E.1.1 - 2.E.1.4; 3.P.2.1; 5.P.2.1 - 5.P.2.3; 5.E.1.1 – 5.E.1.3; 7.E.1.2 - 7.E.1.6

Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

 

Dissections

Dissection classes allow students to investigate the anatomy of various animals. Dissections begin with an introduction to the specimen species and phylum. An educator then leads students through a dissection. Please book dissections 2 weeks in advance to guarantee specimen availability. 10 – 30 students are required per dissection. Students must wear closed toe shoes. 60-90 minutes.

$12-15 per participant

 

Science on a Sphere® Discovery

$7 per person (includes museum admission)

Each program is approximately 30 minutes.

Minimum 10; Maximum 40

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a six-foot diameter globe that illustrates earth system science using data from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). SOS displays global storms, tsunami wave tracks, real-time weather. It can also display planets, moons, and the Sun. If you would like specific focus on topics from the programs listed below, customized program are available with at least three days notice. Student worksheets are handed out with each program.

Plate Tectonics: Students discover plate tectonics by viewing plate boundaries and the geologic activity that occurs there. We discuss the theory of continental drift, plate movements, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and deep sea vents.

Space and the Solar System: Students take a tour of space without leaving the museum. They learn about the sun, planets, and select moons that make up our solar system. We also explore galaxies, exoplanets, stars and constellations in deep space.

Weather: NOAA’s SOS is an amazing tool for learning about, discussing, and discerning weather and weather patterns. Watch real-time satellite weather, follow air currents, and observe fronts and storms brewing.

Air Chemistry: Learn about our atmosphere and the gases that compose it. This program focuses natural and man-made gases in our atmosphere and how air currents distribute them across the globe. Students gain an understanding of how pollution affects the earth and how atmospheric conditions affect weather, climate, and ecosystems.

Oceanography: Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface, yet we've explored less than 5%. Students take a look at what’s beneath the surface of Earth’s oceans. Topics include marine life, currents, water temperature, and the sea floor. Students gain an understanding of how the oceans are a delicate and vital ecosystem.

 

STEM Engineering

Wind Turbines and Green Energy - Students learn the meaning and importance of clean and green energy. We discuss how wind energy is harnessed, its advantages and disadvantages. Working in small groups, students design and build wind turbines. They then measure wind energy outputs using volt meters to choose the best design. (4th - 12th grades) *1.P.1; 3.P.1; 3.P.3; 4.P.1; 4.P.3; 5.P.1; 5.E.1.3; 6.P.3; 7.P.1; PSC, EEN

Oil Spill Challenge -Each group will need to clean up “oil” from a simulated oil spill disaster that includes feathers to represent marine life. The learning objective is to increase the understanding of an oil spill disaster and environmental consequences. This activity is a great Life Sciences challenge for any grade level that also incorporates engineering and math concepts.

 

NC Standard Course of Study

Our staff takes great care to consider the NC Standard Course of Study for science. If you would like a table listing curriculum objectives met by our programs for Pre-K and grades K through 8th please contact us.