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What is PLANETS?

PLANETS (Portable Learning for All of North Carolina Elementary Teachers and Students) is the leading fulldome digital video portable planetarium in North Carolina! The PLANETS Portable Planetarium Program delivers engaging standards-based science education throughout North Carolina to students in grades K–12, along with professional development opportunities and resources to teachers of grades K-6.

The portable planetarium allows Morehead to bring the excitement and unique educational experience of a traditional planetarium show directly to each school. Children step from their classroom setting into the portable planetarium and discover an exciting world that reveals the secrets of science and astronomy. Morehead educators create an immersive learning environment that teachers can cultivate and reinforce in their own classrooms.

How is PLANETS funded?

PLANETS is supported in part by N.C. Space Grant. Additional funding comes from the Chatham Foundation and the University of North Carolina Provost Office.

PLANETS Classroom Activities

PLANETS offers classroom materials that align with North Carolina Essential Standards, helping teachers to take full advantage of their PLANETS visit.

These interdisciplinary activities link to the science content presented in the planetarium show and can be used before or after the visit. They focus on math, social studies and writing skills. Students are encouraged to make connections across these important subjects.

To download the accompanying curriculum packet for a PLANETS planetarium show, please visit the PLANETS "Curricula & Programming" page.