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The museum will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 20. IMAX at Marbles will be open.

IMAX Educational Movies & Learning Labs

Embark on an educational journey in IMAX at Marbles and engage students with movies that educate, enlighten and entertain. IMAX documentaries present knowledge in a powerful, popular medium that will inspire lively classroom discussion. Add an optional Learning Lab to your visit and expand on movie content with hands-on activities. Students will be captivated like never before with a larger-than-life learning experience on NC’s biggest screen!

More about Learning Labs:

  • 45 minutes of hands-on activities for 4th-8th grade students
  • Expand on content of IMAX documentaries
  • Content aligned with the new Common Core and NC Essential Standards

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D

From the producer of Born to Be Wild 3D
Opens April 4, 2014

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived here as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world. Directed by David Douglas and written and produced by Drew Fellman, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman
NC Science Essential Standards Match: K-2, 4-8
NC Social Studies Essential Standards Match: 7

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D Official Website 

Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D + Optional Learning Lab

Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D + Optional Learning Lab

Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D will allow viewers to see things not visible to the naked eye, thanks to the film's innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology. The audience will be taken into the microscopic world once reserved only for scientists to see a whole new universe of things, events and creatures. Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, the setting and story are pure entertainment, but the science is breathtakingly real.

Narrated by Forest Whitaker; 40 minutes
NC Science Essential Standards Match:  4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D Learning Lab
(45 minutes)

Students enter the cutting-edge world of nanoscience and explore how properties, surfaces and forces work differently at the nanoscale and how nanoscience is paving the way to innovation in biology, chemistry, engineering and consumer products.
Support for this Learning Lab has been provided by NISE Network using funding from the National Science Foundation. 

Mysteries of the Unseen World Official Website
NISE Net Nano Resources

Journey to the South Pacific 3D

Journey to the South Pacific 3D

Narrated by Cate Blanchett, Journey to the South Pacific will takes audiences on a breathtaking IMAX® 3D adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes us on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

Narrated by Cate Blanchett; 45 minutes

Journey to the South Pacific 3D Official Website

Born to be Wild 3D + Optional Learning Lab

Born to be Wild 3D + Optional Learning Lab

Experience the incredible story of two adorable and endangered species – orangutans and elephants – and the trailblazing heroes saving them from extinction in Kenya and Borneo.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman; 40 minutes
NC Science Essential Standards Match: K, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8

Born to Be Wild Learning Lab
(45 minutes)
Students become wildlife rehabilitators at work in the rain forests of Borneo and the savannas of Africa, investigating geography, animal behavior and adaptations, ecosystems and the geography and culture of Kenya and Indonesia. 
Support for this Learning Lab has been provided by the Biogen Idec Foundation Micro-Grants in Science Education Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation.

NC Science Essential Standards Match: 4, 6, 8 

Born to Be Wild 3D Learning Lab Introduction


Born to be Wild 3D Official Film Website
Born to be Wild 3D Educator Guide

Flight of the Butterflies 3D + Optional Learning Lab

Flight of the Butterflies 3D + Optional Learning Lab

Investigate the longest insect migration on Earth and soar alongside half a billion butterflies heading south on a perilous 3,000 mile journey across North America. Watch butterflies unite countries and cultures and turn scientists into detectives uncovering the amazing journey of these tiny creatures.

Narrated by Gordon Pinsent; 40 minutes
NC Science Essential Standards Match: K, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8

Flight of the Butterflies Learning Lab
(45 minutes)
Students become entomologists and take to the field and the lab to study monarchs and other butterflies, conduct tests, monitor migration, investigate genetics and explore insect flight.

NC Science Essential Standards Match: 4, 5, 7, 8
Flight of the Butterflies 3D Official Film Website

Forces of Nature + Optional Learning Lab

Forces of Nature + Optional Learning Lab

Experience the power and spectacle of tornadoes, floods, volcanoes and hurricanes. Learn how natural disasters occur and what scientists and engineers are doing to predict and prepare for the future.

Narrated by Kevin Bacon; 40 minutes
NC Science Essential Standards Match: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

Forces of Nature Learning Lab
(45 minutes)
Students train to become emergency responders and explore severe weather, natural disasters, plate tectonics and how to protect people from the earth’s destructive powers.
Support for this Learning Lab has been provided by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds Initiative.*

NC Science Essential Standards Match: 4, 5, 6, 7
*Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is Time Warner Cable's five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to connect youth to ideas, people and opportunities that will inspire them to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Learn more at http://connectamillionminds.com. 

Click here to view a News 14 Carolina video news story on the Forces of Nature Learning Lab at Marbles.

Forces of Nature Learning Lab Introduction

Hubble 3D + Optional Learning Lab

Hubble 3D + Optional Learning Lab

Explore the grandeur of galaxies and nebulae, the birth and death of stars and the curiosities and mysteries of our celestial surroundings through amazing never-before-seen imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio; 44 minutes
NC Science Essential Standards Match: 3, 4, 6

Hubble 3D Learning Lab
(45 minutes)
Students train for NASA's STS125 mission to repair Hubble as they qualify for the team, build and launch rockets, make discoveries and view the world from an entirely new perspective.
NC Science Essential Standards Match: 4, 6
Hubble 3D Official Film Website
Hubble 3D Educator Resource Guide - Grades 3-5
Hubble 3D Educator Resource Guide - Grades 6-8 

To The Arctic 3D + Optional Learning Lab

To The Arctic 3D + Optional Learning Lab

Venture to the top of the world to watch a mother polar bear and her twin cubs struggle to survive in a frigid environment of immense glaciers, melting ice, majestic snowbound peaks and spectacular waterfalls. Get up close and personal to this extraordinary story of survival in the Arctic.

Narrated by Meryl Streep; 45 minutes
NC Science Essential Standards Match: K-8  

To The Arctic 3D Learning Lab
(45 minutes) 
Join a team in the field to conduct research on polar bears, sea ice and the changing Arctic ecosystem. Learn what we can do to protect the polar bear and preserve its endangered home. Support for this Learning Lab provided by MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation.

NC Science Essential Standards Match: 4-8
To The Arctic 3D Official Film Website
To The Arctic 3D Educator Guide

Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West + Optional Learning Lab

Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West + Optional Learning Lab

Two captains, courageous in spirit and unyielding in dedication to their mission, lead a group of explorers to the Pacific Ocean and back. Experience the danger and beauty of the unknown West as it unfolds before the eyes of Lewis and Clark during their journey into uncharted territory to find a new water passageway and to describe for science the wonders they encounter.

Narrated by Jeff Bridges; 40 minutes
NC Social Studies Essential Standards Match: 5, 8

Lewis & Clark Learning Lab
(45 minutes)
American history comes to life as students join the Corps of Discovery on a journey back
in time to the uncharted West to explore maps, geography and Native American culture and make scientific discoveries.
NC Social Studies Essential Standards Match: 5, 8
Lewis & Clark Official Film Website
Lewis & Clark Educator's Guides

Under the Sea 3D

Under the Sea 3D

Experience face-to-face encounters with mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. Explore some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth and the impact of global climate change on our ocean wilderness.

Narrated by Jim Carrey; 45 minutes
NC Science Essential Standards Match: 4, 6

Under the Sea 3D Official Film Website
Under the Sea 3D Educator's Guide - Grades 3-5
Under the Sea 3D Educator's Guide - Grades 6-8

 

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D

Embark on a quest of adrenaline-packed discovery with World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater and explore one of the toughest surfing regions in the world to find out how waves influence and shape the entire planet.

Narrated by Kelly Slater; 42 minutes
NC Science Essential Standards Match: 5, 6, 7
The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D Official Film Website
The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D Educator Guide