Spotlight Science

by Jan 19, 2023Education, South Brunswick

Museum of Coastal Carolina offers programs that shine a light on careers in science.

Do you have a want-to-be scientist under your roof? If so, the Spotlight Science program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina is offered every Thursday at 11 am. Whether the young person’s dream is to be a chemist, meteorologist or a marine biologist, the museum will explore these professions and more by describing the research they conduct and providing related hands-on activities.

Step into the shoes of a scientist in February with a variety of careers being explored. On February 2, dive into the world of plants and learn what it is like to be a botanist by focusing on pollinators and exploring pollination through hands-on activities.

On February 9, aspiring scientists learn all about fish through the eyes of an ichthyologist.

Visitors will study the types of fish found along the coast, learn about the anatomy of a fish and investigate fish scales.

Museum of Coastal Carolina Sea Scope

Are you all about birds? Then you’ll enjoy learning about birds on land and in the air on February 16 when the museum explores the work of an ornithologist. These scientists identify birds in the Carolinas and track these birds and their habits.

Think you can build a structure that can withstand an earthquake? Find out at the museum on February 23 as children and their parents are invited to learn about the work of a seismologist. Learn about the causes of earthquakes during this interactive experience.

After each Spotlight Science presentation on Thursdays, you will find a great deal more to explore at the museum. Additional exhibits include a wave machine that shows the action of the waves during high and low tides, the Megabites exhibit featuring shark’s teeth found in North Carolina and a touch-tank with live sea creatures in the Seashore Gallery.

Jamie Justice, director of education at Museum of Coastal Carolina, keeps the whole family in mind when planning the museum’s educational exhibits and programs.

Jamie Justice MCC NC

“Whether it’s a child, a parent or a grandparent, we design the programs so everyone can get something out of the experience,” she says. “I enjoy designing activities that are fun and engaging to the public in new ways.

A complete list of science professions being explored in the program can be found online.

Want to go?
Family Program: Spotlight Science
Thursdays at 11 am through April 1
Museum of Coastal Carolina
21 E. Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach
(910) 579-1016 /MuseumCoastalCarolina
Admission is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (62+), $8 for children (3 to 12), and free for ages 2 and younger.