Quinton seventh and eighth grade GEAR UP students tour the Science Museum Oklahoma


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 26, 2018) – Fifty-five Quinton seventh and eighth 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 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.

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

GEAR UP students learned about varies exhibits throughout the museum including Into the Fold: The Art and Science of Origami, named as a “must see museum exhibit” by USA Today; CurioCity, a 20,000-square-foot city with eight whimsical neighborhoods children are exposed to science through a number of interactive activities that encourage learning through play; Light Minded, where students can experience the shocking beauty of the plasma tube, freeze time with the Shadow Stopper, marvel at the power of the Tesla Coil, see how strobe lights play on piano strings, snap your shadow in three colors, see your body's heat patterns in living color with an infrared camera, and much more; and the Science Floor exhibits, the heart of the museum with hundreds of activities to teach, entertain and astound guests. The Science Floor is all things science with a Segway Park, Resonant Pendulum where the students effortlessly move a 400-pound weight, and much more.

“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.

Quinton seventh grade GEAR UP students tour Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Brett Barnes, Josiah Fitzer, Johnie Needham, Dylan Tedder, Blake Chesney, Dylan McLinden, Philip Swendrowski (row 2) Kayden Sockey, Chloie Adcock, Mabrey Cook, Haelyn Cloud, Kenneth Kilcrease, KáMaree Gragg, Derek Smith, (row 3) Hayvn Jenkins, Lila Gragg, Elizabeth Taylor, Carly Pope, Jaycee Holley, Colin Sustaire (back row) LaDonna Ford, Tannah Davison, Chesney Vaughn, Brookelynn Smith, Kynlee Elledge, Martin Torres, and Elias Blankenship.

Quinton eighth grade GEAR UP students tour Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Dusty Bush, Malachi Herring, Ryland Owens, Kemper Vaughn, Dristan Harber, Corben Pierce, Joshua McClary (row 2) Anniston Needham, Jacob Adams, Cadence Williams, Abagail Miller, Jace Hall, Ella McBeath, Claire Lowrimore, Chesney Higgins, Allison Ballard, Tyson Sustaire (back row) Javen Lawrence, Avory Gilpatrick, Madison Bray, Keira Ervin, Angel Ryden, Vivianna Gonzalez, Trenton Patterson, Alexys Putman, Caden Williams, Hailey Ritter, and Cooper Cloud.

Quinton GEAR UP students Trenton Patterson, Abagail Miller, Vivianna Gonzalez, Jace Hall, and Ella McBeath at the Science Museum Oklahoma Destination Space exhibit.

Quinton GEAR UP students Keira Ervin and Hailey Ritter at the Tornado Simulator at Science Museum Oklahoma.

Quinton GEAR UP students Madison Bray, Colin Sustaire, Ka’Maree Gragg, Brett Barnes, and Josiah Fitzer waiting for the Science Museum Oklahoma Explosion Live show to begin.

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