What is DREAMS?

DREAMS (DESTINY’s Role in Engaging and Advancing Middle School Science) is a formal science education program, serving middle school teachers and students across North Carolina.

As part of the DREAMS program, Morehead educators develop and deliver standards-based and hands-on science curricula, provide professional development opportunities for teachers and foster enriched learning for students. Traveling throughout North Carolina, Morehead's outreach educators bring cutting-edge science education to students and provide strong support for teachers. Their work is enhanced by two mobile science laboratories, Destiny and Discovery, which are fully equipped 40-foot, 33,000-pound buses that can accommodate 24 students for hands-on laboratory activities.

The DREAMS program began in 2008 to expand the impact of DESTINY (which traditionally serves high school students) to reach middle school teachers and students with opportunities similar to those provided by DESTINY.

How is DREAMS Funded?

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's current principal funders for External Programs include the State of North Carolina, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and GlaxoSmithKline. Bio-Rad Laboratories provides in-kind support.

Past funders have included the Chatham Foundation, North Carolina Space Grant, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program in the National Center for Research Resources, the NC Biotechnology Center and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. IBM and New England BioLabs have provided in-kind support.