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Explore "Code Red" with Morehead Monday

posted Sunday December 18, 2011

If you're currently in middle school, here's your chance to learn more about chemistry and physiology with hands-on lab activities.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center introduces Morehead Monday on Jan. 23, 2012. This special half-day program is an intensive exploration of the composition and physiology of human blood, using the "Code Red" curriculum developed by Morehead's DREAMS and DESTINY outreach programs.

Morehead Monday is a 9 a.m.-12 noon program. There is a scheduled break at the program's midpoint, and each child should bring his or her own snack to enjoy during this break.

Jan. 23 is a teacher workday for Orange County Schools, Alamance-Burlington School System and Durham County Schools on traditional schedules.

About "Code Red"

This curriculum uses synthetic blood. Students examine how blood clots to form a protective scab and examine the substances that comprise blood. They analyze the genetic and cellular basis of blood types, learn why blood typing is vital during transfusions, and test simulated blood samples to determine safe transfusions.

"Code Red" is designed to reinforce the North Carolina Standard Course of Study objectives for seventh-grade science.

How to register

Go to this website to register online for Morehead Monday:

Registration opens on Dec. 19 and closes on Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. Morehead reserves the right to cancel this program if registration numbers are low.

The registration fee for Morehead Monday is $60 ($50 for Morehead members) and includes all lab materials. The registration fee is nonrefundable unless Morehead cancels the program.

Following your online registration, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with emergency contact and release forms that you must complete and return to Morehead.

Questions about Morehead Monday? Contact outreach director Crystal Harden at 919-843-8496.