Howe GEAR UP students tour Science Museum Oklahoma


WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 2, 2018) – Howe 7th and 8th grade GEAR UP students recently visited Science Museum Oklahoma. The two-story museum consists of a wide-array of hands-on activities that allows students to have fun in an engaging way. Students roamed, ran, and played while learning about various science principles.

The museum, as well as the name, has evolved since its creation in 1958. The mission of Science Museum Oklahoma (formerly known as the Omniplex Science Museum) is to enrich people’s lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science. Science Museum Oklahoma is enjoyed by children and students of all ages.

The students experienced the Explosion Live show which gave the students an opportunity to experience live explosions. The host explained safety rules and how explosions work. Howe students experienced different explosion experiments and were able to learn more about chemistry. GEAR UP students reported this was one of their favorite parts of the field trip.

Howe students learned about various exhibits throughout the museum including space artifacts, how the weather works in the Eye in the Sky exhibit, Segway exhibit, CurioCity, and Energy Quest. Students interacted with each exhibit and explored at their own pace.

“Educational tours are an important part of Eastern’s GEAR UP program,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Tara Martin.

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

Howe’s 7th Grade GEAR UP students tour Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Darin Athey, Declan Byford, Kathryn Caughern, Deion Garcia, Skyla Page, Jonathan Remy, Gage Carson, Connor Smith, Laci Rorabaugh. (row 2) Braxton Sisco, Aldon Lemus, Braden Blake, Karsyn Nye, Alyssa Strickland, Emily Ramirez, Nicholas Hopkins, Santiago Valdez, Riku Martin. (row 3) Jazmine Benson, Nataly Juarez, Daylin Thompson, Chassidy Miller, Laynee Thornburg, Daniela Perez, Kaidence Caldwell, Kaylee Rorabaugh, Rachel Green. (back row) Briar Thomas, Jaimie Cauthen, Danika Jump, Sunni Piersant, Katie Morton, Kailyn Morrison, Jessica Reile, Natalee Heflin, Michelle McNatt.

Howe 8th Grade GEAR UP students tour Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Kannady Breeding, Katie Young, Shelby Jones, Mikia Prier, Cecilia Velazquez. (row 2) Emili Garcia, Emily Sinclair, Bridget Pogue, Jaxon Remy, Brayden Dalton, Brody Sullard, Emiliano Gonzalez, Gracie Mattox (row 3) Jadyn McConnell, Kelsey Strickland, Lindsey Reppen, Lillie Gibson, Kylie Smith, Jurnee Williams, Ashlynn Dalton, Brooklyn Shipman, Treasure Williams (back row) Thomas Leatherwood, Champ Downs, Ethan McGee, Fernando Amezcua, Preston Allen, Jonathan Armstrong, Mason Fox, Mason Turner.

Gage Carson spins the Bicycle Wheel Gyro.

Howe 7th grade student Nataly Juarez explores the Mighty Mouth exhibit.

Howe GEAR UP students Lillie Gibson, Brookelan Mattox, Treasure Williams, Kelsey Strickland, Lindsey Reppen, and Jaydn McConnell enjoy the Mind Games exhibit.

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