Assembly Programs are educational presentations that are designed to accommodate audiences up to 100. Presentations are action-packed and utilize volunteers from the audience. The program length is 45 minutes.
$7.00 per person - includes museum admission
$2.00 per person - for additional Assembly Programs
Biology & Life Sciences
Animal Encounters - Meet our live animals as we talk about adaptations, different classifications, food, habitats, and more! Beware, it is a hands-on experience. (Ages 6 yrs and up)
Insect World - What makes an insect an insect? We will turn a special guest into your favorite six-legged friend to uncover how insects see, fly, eat, and move! (Ages 6 to 8 yrs)
Reptile Discovery - Discover the world of turtles, lizards, snakes, and more. Find out how they are different from other animals as we discuss their lives through their eyes. (Ages 6 yrs and up)
Folk Remedies and Modern Medicine - Do you ever wonder how people historically treated bumps, scrapes, fevers, or burns? We will look at the medical ingredients and practices of Native Americans, physicians, yeoman farmers, and nineteenth century people. (Ages 6 yrs and up)
Indigenous People of Eastern N.C. - Students will learn about Native American life in eastern N.C.--what kind of houses did they live in? What did they eat? How did they hunt and fish? How did their lives change when the Europeans arrived? Students will view and touch Native American artifacts from our region. (Ages 6 to 11 yrs)
Looking at History - Using Wilson, N.C. as an example, students will look at historic maps and photographs to see how towns, houses, stores, and transportation have changed since the mid-1900s. A walking tour with a visual scavenger hunt will start at the museum and highlight changes to the town and buildings over time. (Ages 8 to 14 yrs) Only offered at the museum.
Pirates - Come explore the Golden Age of Piracy as we take a look at life on a ship, weaponry, and use a sextant to navigate the seas from the Carolinas to the Caribbean. (Ages 6 yrs and up)
The Blue and The Gray - What was it like to be a Civil War soldier? From learning to march in formation, sleeping in a tent, or cooking food over a campfire, we will take an in-depth look at how soldiers lived during a campaign. (Ages 6 yrs and up)
Deep Freeze - This is by far the "coolest" program we offer! At -321°F, fascinating things begin to happen. Objects bend and shatter when they should not. Volunteers will be called upon to see how different objects react! (Ages 7 yrs and up) Only offered March and July.
Pop, Fizz, BOOM! - Come explore how matter changes its form through endothermic and exothermic reactions. We will use volunteers to help make things pop, fizz, and....BOOM!!! (Ages 7 yrs and up)
Watt's Current - An electrifying demonstration awaits you! Observe the power of electricity and learn the history of its use as we explore concepts of static electricity, currents, and magnetism. (Ages 8 yrs and up)
Weather-Or-Not - Warning, this is a "hair-raising" experience as we uncover how weather works. We will travel through the water cycle, investigate clouds, wind, condensation, rainbows, and more! (Ages 7 yrs and up)
Catch the Wave - Vibrate your mind and light up your senses! We will explore sound and light waves through interactive demonstrations of vibrations, pitch, volume, prisms, reflections, and refractions. (Ages 7 to 13 yrs)
Phenomenal Physics - What makes an object move? It is all a matter of physics! We will use Newton's Laws of Physics to explore forces, motion, and gravity. This will be a very "lifting" program for students. (Ages 7 yrs and up)
Simple Machines -- You use simple machines every day and do not even realize it! Through hands-on demonstration, you will learn how simple machines "life, crank, and pull" to make our lives easier. (Ages 7 to 13 yrs)