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September 14, 2017

Representatives from the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Planetarium in Sunset Beach 

Maria Knapik has worked as the Education Coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium for the past 5 years. She is responsible for planning and developing programs that are offered year round, adding and updating exhibits at both facilities, training and teaching staff, volunteers, teachers and the general public about the unique beach environment that we now call ‘home’!  She also works to organize and coordinate all group visits of schools from both NC and SC, private clubs, community and church groups, parks and recreation camps, and individual parties wishing to rent the facilities for family reunions, weddings or business related functions.


Katherine Hunt has been a part of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation since October of 2016 as the Education Outreach Coordinator. She came to the organization as a Coastal Carolina University student in her last semester with two semesters of experience as a Learning Assistant in college astronomy, and over four years teaching experience in various educational settings such as SC DHEC and Coastal Leadership Academy. Katherine graduated in May with her Bachelor of Science in Science Literacy. During her time with The Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium, she has found a great love for presenting in the planetarium alongside her work in outreach, and she also greatly enjoys the creativity that the laser shows afford her. Katherine looks forward to sharing about Ingram Planetarium’s big upgrade this year, and what new and exciting things visitors can expect from both the planetarium and laser shows moving forward.