StarLab Planetarium coming to Carteret County

Elementary students from Tiller School are learning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) lessons in a fun way through StarLab – a portable, inflatable planetarium that uses a projector to display images on the inside of the dome.

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (March 2, 2023) – Carteret County Public Library System is hosting the StarLab mobile planetarium during the months of March and April.

StarLab is an inflatable, portable planetarium that uses a projector to display images on the inside of the dome. It is used as an interactive tool geared towards astronomy and produces a real-life experience for all ages. Children can engage in mathematics, science, and technology that will spark their curiosity about our universe.

β€œAll of the children are excited about this program and StarLab will serve as a way to bring space right up close and personal,”

said Dorothy Howell, library director for the Carteret County Public Library System. β€œThis is a unique and exciting opportunity for all ages to learn about the moon, planets, stars, and other constellations.”


All ages can visit and experience the portable StarLab planetarium. StarLab has a limited seating capacity, and 30- minute sessions will take place from 12 to 5 p.m. throughout the day. No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served.

StarLab will begin at the Beaufort library branch March 2nd–10th. After the visit to the Beaufort library branch, StarLab will then take the tour of the county, heading to the Western Carteret library branch March 13th-24th, then visiting Newport Elementary School for students to view during school hours. StarLab will return to the Beaufort branch from April 10th-20th. To view a full schedule of StarLab programs, visit

The library system hopes to enhance their STEM program, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math program, through StarLab.

StarLab is provided by the State Library of North Carolina with funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

For more information on StarLab visit