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$12 per person + Tax
 

Add-Ons

30-minute program: $3 more per student

50-minute program: $4 more per student

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Program Options

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Starlab
Grades K—8

Travel to the outer reaches of our galaxy, stopping only to take a closer look at each planet circling our sun. StarLab requires an indoor space at least 25ft long, 25ft wide, and 12ft tall.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Earth in the Universe

Butterfly Lifecycles
Grades Pre-K—2

Fly high into the world of butterflies with this immersive insect experience. Your students will get a butterfly wing specimen to remember all they’ve learned!

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms

Wetland Lifecycles
Grades 2—4

We’ll take a look below the surface of freshly-collected wetlands water as students observe and identify macroinvertebrates and investigate our collection of animal artifacts.

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms

Species Conservation
Grades 4—8

Share the importance of animal conservation with your class as we learn about the Red Wolf Recovery program. Replicate the choosing of breeding pairs with the “wolf dating game”.

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms; Evolution and Genetics

Wetland Ecology
Grades 5—8

We’ll test for water quality and observe and identify what survives in these conditions. Enjoy a visit from live program animals that make their home in this unique environment.

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms; Earth Systems, Structures and Processes

LEGO® Robotics
Grades Pre-K—5

Tinker with the LEGO’s® WeDo Construction Set in order to build and program LEGO® models. Construct a spinning sculpture and collaborate in writing a program to control how it moves.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion

Circuits and Magnets
Grades 3—5

Tinker with electromagnets and technology to explore how to produce motion. Create different circuit combinations, hold a magnet car race, and team up to engineer a scribblebot.

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Energy: Conservation and Transfer; Forces and Motion

Pushes and Pulls
Grades K—4

We’re building our way through the concepts of force and motion in this hands-on program! We’ll put your students’ minds and bodies in motion as they create and test structures that push, pull, roll, and launch.

  Program Length: 30 minute program or 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes; 50 minute program only
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion

Investigate Sound
Grades 2—5

We’ll position our microphones to record and realize how sound waves interact with the world around us. Clicks, claps, and whispers will provide the data we need to compare decibel levels of everyday noises.

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Energy: Conservation and Transfer; Forces and Motion

Force and Motion
Grades 3—8

We’ll send a sail car skimming down a low-friction track and measure its speed with our Vernier motion sensors. For each trial, we’ll observe how force and motion work together and create position/time graphs.

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion

Simple Machines
Grades 5—8

We’ll challenge your students’ creativity as they enjoy the resources of our fully stocked Contraptions exhibit space to reveal the power of simple machines.

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Energy: Conservation and Transfer; Forces and Motion

Chemical Reactions
Grades 3—5

Your scientists-in-training will manipulate changes in temperature, pH, and then analyze what happens after a chemical reaction. Cap off your experience a liquid nitrogen demonstration!

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Energy: Conservation and Transfer; Matter, Properties and Change

Soil Science
Grades 1—3

Dig in! We'll examine different soil types and put their properties to the test. Students will get their hands dirty creating a custom soil profile for live, exotic plant specimens

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes

Geology
Grades 4—6

Let's get up close and personal with minerals and fossils from the Museum's collection! Geologists will analyze and test for mineral properties, then explore how we use these minerals in our everyday lives.

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Matter: Properties and Change; Earth Systems, Structures and Processes

Weather
Grades 2—5

Rain or shine, we’ll use instruments just like professional meteorologists in this hands-on program all about weather. Finally, your class will experience a moment of wonder as they conjure a cloud they can hold in their hands.

  Program Length: 50 minute program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Standards Strand: Earth Systems, Structures and Processes; Matter, Properties and Change

STEM Days

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Embark on a STEM Quest with your students! Players can follow along in their full-color booklet as they earn STEM skills that are designed specifically to complement the NC Essential Standards for your grade.

Watch our STEM Days Video Here!

 

 

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Cancellation — Please Read!

We are happy to cancel or reschedule reservations for visits more than two weeks away. Note that reservations with programs that are cancelled, with less than two weeks’ notice, will incur a $100 late, cancellation fee. Notification of cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to: reservations@lifeandscience.org.

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