McCurtain GEAR UP students visit the Science Museum Oklahoma


WILBURTON, Okla. (May 13, 2019) – Twenty-four McCurtain seventh- and eighth-grade GEAR UP students recently visited the 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.

McCurtain students experienced the Science Live show which gave them an opportunity to experience live explosions. The Science Live Host explained the safety rules and the science behind explosions before performing a variety of experiments.

GEAR UP students learned about various exhibits throughout the museum including Life Imagined: The Art and Science of Automata, a tour of mechanical creations from the 1850s to modern day. Light Minded, wherMe students can, freeze time with the Shadow Stopper and see your body's heat patterns in living color with an infrared camera, and CurioCity, a 20,000-square-foot city with eight whimsical neighborhoods, and many more. Students were exposed to science through a number of interactive activities that encourage learning through play, the heart of the museum with hundreds of activities to teach, entertain and astound guests.

“Educational tours are an important part of Eastern’s GEAR UP program,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Bethany Hicks. “The live science demonstrations and experiences everywhere you turn is an incredible experience for the students.”

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.

McCurtain GEAR UP student Aryon Lowe tests Pitch Making and Voice Delay through a telephone line.

Learning the science behind the Bicycle Wheel Gyro was fun! Pictured are (left to right) McCurtain Superintendent Deward Palmer and seventh grader Lucas Bond.

McCurtain seventh and eighth grade GEAR UP students ready to explore the Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are (front, left to right) Shaneese Nixon, Faith Resendiz, Aiden Labor, Brooks Bekoff, Katelyn Johnson, Lucas Bond, Jayden Gould, Braydan Ward, Clayne Honeycutt, Lucas Nunn, McCurtain Teacher Regina Smith, (back row) Serenity Summers, Chloe Spears, Destiny Headrick, Shyla Petty, Anahi Yaws, Zane Cooper, Ben Bond, Sydnie Tackett, Cadence Myers, Christian Culwell, McKinlee Myers, Jolie Dunkin, Kyler Hunter, and Aryon Lowe.

McCurtain eighth grader Braydan Ward poses as an astronaut.

Braydan Ward and Jayden Gould check out the Echo Tube as Braydan send echoes throughout the Museum.

The Sound Focusing Exhibit takes two people, one at each dish (one pictured behind students). Talk quietly into the center of the dish, and you will hear each other—even if there is a lot of noise in the building. Pictured are McCurtain seventh graders Ben Bond and Zane Cooper.

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