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May the Science Be With You!

  • Saturday, May 04, 2024
  • 11:00am - 2:30pm

Science will be with you, always.

Join Museum scientists, educators, and sci-fi/fantasy fans for a day of special presentations celebrating May the Fourth!

  • Go inside the globe of the SECU Daily Planet Theater to see scientists explore real world science and nature with inspiration from that galaxy far away.
  • Stop by the Naturalist Center for The Galactic Naturalist. Meet the real-world inspirations for galactic fauna, such as banthas, ewoks, and Gamorrean Guards.
  • Use the Force in the Micro World iLab to save microorganisms and minerals from the Dark Side.
  • Watch live as the Visual World iLab’s numerous 3D printers create famous models from the Star Wars universe including the Millennium Falcon and Luke’s Light Saber.

This IS the event you’ve been looking for. Costumes encouraged!


SECU Daily Planet Theater: Schedule of Activities

11:00am — Force of Science

See amazing science demonstrations with Science Master Chris Smith

Noon – Midi-chlorians or Mitochondria, What Powers You?

Dr. Marianne Barrier, Lab Manager and Acting Head, Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab

1:00pm — Exoplanets, Interstellar Travel, and Galactic Civilizations: Science in the Star Wars Universe

Dr. Rachel Smith, Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab

2:00pm — Real-life Sarlacc Pits and the Organisms that Escape Them!

Dr. Adrian Smith, Head of the Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab, Creator of AntLab on YouTube


  • For the safety of all visitors, we ask that guests wearing masks or items that obscure their face remove those items during the check-in process. After checking in, guests are welcome to wear those items in the event.
  • Costumes should not contain any elements that resemble, or could easily be mistaken for, an actual weapon.
  • Shoes are required. Bare feet are not allowed.
  • The Museum reserves the right to turn away any guest with a costume that we deem offensive or unsafe.



May 4
11:00 am - 2:30 pm


SECU Daily Planet Theater

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States