Buffalo Valley GEAR UP students tour the Tulsa Air and Space Museum


WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 17, 2018) – Buffalo Valley GEAR UP students recently toured Tulsa Air and Space Museum. Students began the tour boarding the Museum’s MD-80 that was donated by American Airlines after 26 years of service and 39,968 flights. On board they were able to have the “Flight Experience” which is a video presentation about space exploration and flight.

Students explored the Museum and many of the hands-on exhibits that are available for them to experience—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.

As part of their experience at the museum, students sat in airplanes, worked with Robotic Arms and Launched a Model of a Space Shuttle. Students 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 with a showing at the Planetarium of Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight” and “NASA’s Journey to Mars.”

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 recently received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and will serve over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.

Buffalo Valley students at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Clay Treannie, Nathan Fullingim, Dalton Walker, Colton Walker, Kyle Wall (row 2) Steven Morris, Cyrena Bull, (back row) Connor Mills, Connor Phillips, Logan Randell, Brenden Earls, Hunter McPherson, Hazen Sparks, Jace Hunter, Rebecca Brunson, Aubree Whitebird, Luci Williamson, Brooklynn Breitenkamp, Ashlyn Phillips.

Kyle Wall and Hunter McPherson launching the model Space Shuttle with Tulsa Air and Space Museum Volunteer.

Buffalo Valley 8th grader Ashlyn Phillips operates the Robotic Arm

Aubree Whitebird and Rebecca Brunson stand in front of Cyrena Bull modeling a space suit.

Buffalo Valley GEAR UP students Steven Morris and Kyle Wall check out the T-37 Trainer.

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