Morehead Planetarium and Science Center


Morehead’s annual Stemville Science Symposium is a one day science conference for 4th-7th graders that will be held on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The conference will feature a light breakfast reception in the Rotunda, a keynote address in the GSK Fulldome Theater, and breakout science enrichment and learning sessions facilitated by researchers from UNC. The morning will be filled with local high school volunteers assisting the conference participants. Sessions will be led by local STEM professionals, including undergraduate and graduate students at UNC Chapel Hill. Some of the session leaders are listed as IMPACTors, individuals participating in a science communication program facilitated by Morehead. Presenters listed as Science Ambassadors have completed this program.


The conference participants are expected to be a reflection of the underserved and underrepresented groups in STEM education with a target focus on rural and urban communities of lower socioeconomic status, Latinos, women, and African-Americans; however, ALL are welcome to attend.


The STEMville Science Symposium is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a multi-day celebration of science that takes place all over the state of North Carolina from April 7-23. For more information and more events in your area please visit the North Carolina Science Festival's website!


Space is limited to 150 student participants. No school group reservations accepted. Registration is to be completed on an individual basis by a parent or legal guardian.

Student registrations are confirmed by email from Morehead Planetarium and Science Center once payment and release forms have been received. Release forms will be attached to the registration confirmation email from ABC Signup. Forms may be returned via mail, fax or by scanning and emailing. Payment and forms must be received by March 31.


Registered participants will each receive a conference bag, name badge, notepad, and a STEMville Science Symposium t-shirt. There will also be a light breakfast reception and snack stations during the event.


Session Information:

4th and 5th Grade Sessions

6th and 7th Grade Sessions


Students will have the opportunity to attend three hands-on STEM sessions. During registration, rank session options according to preference (1 being most preferred, 5 being least preferred). We will do our very best to make sure that students are put into the sessions they prefer; however, we cannot guarantee students will be assigned to the session that they selected as their top choice.


Scholarship Registration

There are a limited number of scholarship registrations available. If your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, they may qualify for a scholarship. If you would like to sign up for a scholarship registration, please use the scholarship registration *ONLY*.  If your student qualifies for a scholarship registration, register here.


General Registration

If your child does not qualify for free or reduced lunch, please use the registration link that will appear on the bottom of this page on February 20.


Please note: Your student’s registration will not be confirmed until your payment and release forms have been received. Release forms will be sent as an attachment in the confirmation email from ABC Signup.


After registration, you will receive a email from ABC Signup confirming registration with release forms attached. Please complete these forms and mail, fax or scan and email them to our office in order to complete your registration.

Release forms and payment are due NO LATER THAN March 31 at 5pm. If your release forms and payment have not been received at that time then your student's registration will be cancelled.



Hope Thomson, Community Outreach Educator at or 919.962.8435. Visit our website for more information about the STEMville Science Symposium.


Mailing Address

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

ATTN: STEMville Science Symposium/Guest Relations

Campus Box 3480

250 East Franklin St.

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3480



Date: 4/8/2017
Registration Ends: 3/24/2017 5:00 PM
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