Fun day of learning at Museum of Coastal Carolina & Ingram Planetarium

Lower Elementary Travels to the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium trip

The Lower Elementary CMCS Scholars had a ton of fun and experienced a whole day of hands on learning when they visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Ingram Planetarium in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

The first stop was the Museum of Coastal Carolina where the scholars were able touch sea urchins, sea stars, whelks and even a horseshoe crab in their touch tank. They also learned about birds and animals commonly found along the Carolina coast as well as the the egg laying process of sea turtles.

One of the most popular rooms at the museum was the “underwater room”.  It was designed to give you the feeling of being under the sea and had life-sized replicas of the fish and other animals commonly found along our coast!

From the museum, the scholars took a short walk to the Ocean Isle Community Center where they ate lunch on the deck with a view of the ocean. Then it was on to the Ingram Planetarium.

Once at the planetarium the scholars were able to experience both the “dome” and the science learning room.  The science learning room was filled with fun activities relating to magnets, motion. molecules and building.  There was even a hurricane simulator where the students could feel winds up to 78 mph!

Once in the dome, the scholars were treated to a short documentary about the Google Lunar XPRIZE and how teams around the world are currently in a race to see who can make it to the moon and drive or fly their rover 500 meters along the surface of the moon while sending video and photos back to Earth. The scholars were also introduced to some of the constellations that can currently be seen in our night sky and how to locate them.

It was a fun day and we would like to thank the throngs of parents who volunteered to drive scholars up the NC for this learning experience. This trip has provided our teachers with several opportunities to put what the scholars learned to work in the classroom!

Check out our Flickr account for more photos of the day!

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