Antlers 8th grade GEAR UP students tour the Tulsa Air and Space and Museum and Planetarium


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 26, 2018) – Antlers 8th Grade GEAR UP students recently toured Tulsa Air and Space Museum. Museum Volunteer Pete Barnosky led the tour and pointed out several highlights of the Museum. Following the tour, students had free time to explore the Museum and experience many of the hands-on exhibits—the Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Rockwell Ranger 2000, Bell 47-K Helicopter, the Aeromet Aura, Space Shuttle Robotic Arm and a Model of the Space Shuttle.

Next, students boarded the Museum’s MD-80, an aircraft that was donated by American Airlines after 26 years of service and 39,968 flights. On board they had the “Flight Experience” which is a video presentation about space exploration and flight.

Students sat in airplanes, worked with robotic arms and launched a model of a space shuttle. They saw many examples of air transportation history and flight both here in Oklahoma as well as the United States.

Students finished their time at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum by visiting the Planetarium and viewing “STARS.” Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Students journeyed to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of “STARS.”

“Visiting the Tulsa Air and Space Museum allows students to see and touch history,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator LaDonna Baldwin.

The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and one that is cultural/educational in nature. In 2017, Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and will serve over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.

Antlers 8th grade GEAR UP students tour the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Janson Riemenschneider, Melody Larkin, Brason Janoe, Araya Newburn, Alex Reaves, Jacob Jones, Emjay Galle, Wyatt Franks, Carmen Broomfield, Brianna Bagley, Dominic Petersen, (row 2) Xander Glisson, Peyton Taylor, Keeley Teafatiller, Megan Sorrells, Tylie House, Kylee Burch, Hannah Dockery, Carolina Splawn, Carson Masters, Timothy Paredes, Brady Janoe, (back row) Hannah Foster, Keyli Beaty, Caden Moore, Jordan Kellogg, Samantha Canon, Kyler Heinrichs, Dakota Trapp, Tayler Greenwood, Bradyn Courtwright, Garrett Brame, Mikha Thomas, Sage Smallwood, Arlis Brusch and Samuel Brown.

Antlers 8th grade girls inside of the American Airlines MD-80 aircraft.

Antlers GEAR UP students launch a Space Shuttle Model during the recent trip to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Museum Volunteer Pete Barnosky shows students a display of an aircraft carrier.

Antlers 8th grade GEAR UP students check out the inside of a F14 Tomcat. Pictured are (left ro right) Kylee Burch, Hannah Dockery, Dakota Trapp and Garrett Brame.

Museum Volunteer Pete Barnosky leads Antlers GEAR UP students on a tour of The Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

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