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Keota seventh grade GEAR UP students visit Science Museum Oklahoma

5/13/2019

WILBURTON, Okla. (May 13, 2019) – Fourteen Keota seventh grade GEAR UP students recently visited Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The two-story museum consists of a wide array of hands-on activities that allow students to have fun in an engaging way. 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.

GEAR UP students learned about various exhibits throughout the museum including a Tinkering Garage, Destination Space, Oceanarium, and the Science Floor, the heart of the museum. On the Science Floor, students learn how to drive on two wheels in the Segway Park, effortlessly move a 400-pound weight with the Resonant Pendulum, and experiment with all things science.

The Gardens at Science Museum Oklahoma are made up of native and Oklahoma-proven plants. You'll find a kids’ garden, herb garden, native plants garden, a Monarch Waystation, a vegetable garden and orchard, a water garden, a Japanese garden, a hobby greenhouse, lawn games, spacious picnic tables, miniature excavators, a bunny hutch that demonstrates permaculture and aquaculture, and games throughout the grounds.

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

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 serves over 3,000 students in 39 area schools.



Students enjoyed the hands-on activities at Science Museum Oklahoma! Pictured are Garrett Doss, Whitley Olds, and James Weece.


Keota GEAR UP students Layce Price and Jaysa Lester enjoy Exploring Riffs and Rhythms in CurioCity.


Keota’s Layce Price learned how to drive on two wheels in the Segway Park!

Keota seventh grade GEAR UP students tour the Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Camree White, Gracie Ward, Raylin Ballard, Garrett Doss, Gunner Hill, Mason Edwards, Cole Brand, (back row) Meghann Buckner, Jaysa Lester, Layce Price, Veronica Caldwell, Taylor Hargis, Whitley Olds, and James Weece.


Jaysa Lester drives with ease through the Segway Park at the Science Museum Oklahoma.


Keota seventh grade GEAR UP students enjoyed a game in The Gardens at Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are Gunner Hill, Cole Brand, and Mason Edwards.

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