We know that Carolina students can and will have an immeasurable impact on the world. We take to heart that Morehead should be involved in preparing them accordingly. We employ Carolina students on campus in numbers second only to the University Library system. Among their responsibilities, they work with our after-school kids, present shows in the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater, perform demonstrations on the science stage and function behind the scenes, taking on administrative duties that make Morehead tick. In the process, they gain real-world learning opportunities, and we grow a loyal cadre of Morehead alumni. Our students are a major reason why Morehead holds such a special place on the UNC campus. Your support for them will ensure we continue to do so.
Engage ScientistsTo make STEM fields more approachable, we will expand our training programs that teach university researchers – both students and faculty – how to effectively translate and share their work in ways laypeople of all ages can understand and embrace. Through exhibits, shows and programs, researchers will then provide enrichment experiences that reach school children, as well as general North Carolina audiences.
Revitalize Morehead’sWe will be fully equipped to engage students and the public. The Gateway Gallery will convey John Motley Morehead’s vision of a place where the arts and sciences intersect. The new “Breakthrough Hub: A Lab to Life” exhibit will showcase the transformative impact of scientiﬁc research happening right here on campus, while making the scientiﬁc process at-large real and relatable. A re-conﬁgured entry, facelifts for the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater and the science stage, an appealing new gift shop, new hands-on learning labs and improved outdoor spaces will meet and exceed the expectations of today’s visitors.
Expand Programming Across North CarolinaTo bring the wonders of science to more people of every age across the state, we will invest in science outreach programming, vehicles and tools, including our mobile lab and portable planetarium programs. We will focus on underserved areas and populations. We will broaden our engagement through local community partnerships. We will reach all of North Carolina’s current and next generations with a universe of possibilities.
Fund Access Regardless ofWe will work to ensure children from low-wealth, low-resource schools and areas continue to have access to Morehead. To spark a passion for STEM in young students, now and next, we will help schools champion science. An accessibility program will be an even more permanent part of Morehead's culture than it is now.
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“The support for the initiative is overwhelming. The school board, school system, teachers, and the parents are all engaged and committed.”
“When you walk into our planetarium, you’re walking in the footsteps of men who walked on the moon.”
The night sky has much to teach us beyond astronomy; it can lend perspective on how early humans grappled with a universe beyond their comprehension – but not necessarily their imaginations.