Planetarium Retro Reopening!

Retro Reopening Nov 16

There will be a Retro Reopening on Sat, Nov 16 at 7:00 PM with public observing afterward.  We will reopen with the Spitz star ball and a new STEM demonstration / exploration room. 

The Planetarium will be available for school visits Tue and Thu mornings at 9 and 10 AM through Dec 5th and starting again Jan 9th 2020. 

Call 910-672-1SKY for school reservations.

Public shows will be offered Nov 23, Dec 7 and Jan 11 at 7:00 PM.  Check back for additional shows in the new year.

Saturday morning STEAM Team

Two Saturday mornings a month FSU hosts the STEAM Team for students in grades 7-12. Students explore robotics, computer programming, rockets, and 3D design and printing. This free program has a rather irregular schedule. For information contact Mr. Kabbes at

Summer STEM Camp

The Summer STEM Camp is for rising 8 to 12 th grade students.  See below for more information and how to register.


The REEF will be part of the Retro Reopening on Nov 16.

Summer STEM Camp

The FSU Summer STEM Camp is for rising 8 to 12 th grade students.  It will be held Jun 10-14 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Supplies and lunches are part of the program.  Following the Camp, students will present their work to parents on Fri, Jun 14 from 3-4 PM in STB 435.

Campers will have the opportunity to explore science, math and computers in an intense, one-week summer program.  This camp will allow hands-on exploration of STEM topics and help students develop the tools to solve problems.

Activities include - 

  • Rocket science
  • Robotics
  • Astronomy
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry

Camp cost is $325.00. Click to register and pay for the Camp.

There are a limited number of scholarships available through funding from the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.  If requesting a scholarship, send student information and a student essay to Joe Kabbes.  The essay should discuss why the student wants to attend the camp and how the scholarship will make this possible.

Reserve a show

Shows for November and early December are still available. Just select the showtime you want and click the button that says "enroll yourself." Create an account if it's your first time, and input your information, including how many seats you want. You will get a confirmation email after you register. Make sure you follow the instructions on the email for parking.


The REEF at FSU is our aquarium and is also available for individuals and groups for a guided tour. The REEF is in the same building as the Planetarium.

Large groups

The Planetarium seats 55 comfortably, but we have a few extra seats we can squeeze in. Larger groups can be divided and switched with the aquarium: one group goes to the REEF, the other to the planetarium, and then the groups switch. Just reserve both the aquarium and the planetarium for both times on a day that's available.

Meditation Under the Stars

The Planetarium is closed.