Panama GEAR UP students tour Science Museum Oklahoma


WILBURTON, Okla. (Feb. 20, 2019) – Eighty-four Panama seventh and eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured 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. 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.

GEAR UP students learned about varies exhibits throughout the museum including Beautiful Minds – Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage. Dyslexia affects as much as 4% of the world’s population and often goes undiagnosed. Although dyslexia is labeled as a learning disability, it can be seen as a different way of thinking. Other exhibits include CurioCity, a 20,000-square-foot city with eight whimsical neighborhoods. Students are 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 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.

Panama seventh grader Ashley Diaz is a gymnast in the making in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame exhibit.

Panama eighth grade GEAR UP students tour Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Pyper Stalsworth, Harley Dyer, Grace Williams, Katelynn Smith, Alyssa Yoakum, Luke McNamara, (row 2) Aaron Butler, Allison Merrill, Hailey Blair, Sara Skelton, Morgan Swiontek, Bryson Cropsey, Gabe Lovell, Hailey Mead, Krista Dotson, Noah Collins, Ashlynne Self, Jamarion Warren, (row 3) Austin Amos, Alexys Dickey, Ella Fisher, Abbigail Wilson, Emily Loudermilk, Andrew Bevil, Ryan Herrington, Adryanna Jones, Jaycce Thomas, Brendee-Jo Hopkins, Pedro Olivares, Scott McGinnis, Temper Jenkins, (back row) Jacob Bohanon, Noah Hackney, Jacob Harper, Isabella Smith, Dagon Seth, Dylan Demoret, Xander Skelton, Josh Davidson, and Alexander Trejo.

Panama seventh grade GEAR UP students tour Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Christopher Munoz, Rocky Smith, Dakota Felihkatubbe, Job Hagler, Emilio Quiroz-Craig, Lacey Oakes, Isabel Melton, Aryiana Jasso, Rachel Prince, Lea Taylor, Ashley Diaz, (row 2) Madison Dalmut, Nicole Lively, Hailey Brooks, Kami Autrey, Kay’Lea Bradley, Emily Wilson, Layla Sons, Tiatiana Cross-Irato, Ripley Self, Joe Black, (row 3) Autumn Kinsey, Cathleen Edwards, Addyson Cornell, Katrina Crenshaw, Erick Gutierrez, Skye Hopson, Ayden Wilson, Nelson Liddy, Jacob Spears, Skyler Kunze, Logan Thompson, Ethan Tolleson, (back row) Ryan Alcazar, Ethan Thompson, Harvey McClain, Mason Cameron, Braxton Biernacki, Camden Broyles, Beau Linne, Tristen Goodwin, Chase Edwards, and Michael Swiontek.

Grace Williams and Harley Dyer take part in a friendly Tug of War Competition.

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