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Science Matters mobile museum coming to Science Museum Oklahoma

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm •  Published: December 29, 2008

Starting Tuesday, a mobile museum makes its debut at Science Museum Oklahoma.  This discovery-based mobile museum will travel to schools in rural Oklahoma. 

 ”Science Matters creates a highly immersive environment, transporting Oklahoma students into a state-of-the-art, multi-sensory learning atmosphere that encourages participation and inquiry,” said Sherry Marshall, Director of the Oklahoma Museum Network, in a release. ”Filled with hands-on experiments, Science Matters engages students as they measure, investigate, create and deduce, allowing them to experience true discovery learning.”

See the full release after the break.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sporting bright green graphics and rocket engines at the rear, an innovative “museum on wheels” is set to make its debut at Science Museum Oklahoma, Tuesday, December 30. Science Matters, a new discovery-based mobile museum funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, encourages students to explore science as they engage in numerous activities found within its walls. The museum will focus its travel to schools in rural Oklahoma, providing discovery learning opportunities in areas of the state where other museum facilities do not exist.

“It is our feeling that every child benefits from dynamic hands-on learning experiences especially in the sciences,” says Steven Anderson, President of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. “And, it is our hope that when this amazing mobile laboratory rolls into a small town, the experience will help spark a child’s desire to learn for a lifetime.”

The mobile museum includes 10 different hands-on exhibits and activities that combine to provide students with experiences to which they may not have access otherwise. The participatory nature of the exhibits also challenges students, creating a fun, playful environment. Students can match wits in a challenge of speed and ingenuity, orchestrate a symphony of sound with bubbling flasks, and dodge lasers while attempting to decipher a secret computer code.

 ”Science Matters creates a highly immersive environment, transporting Oklahoma students into a state-of-the-art, multi-sensory learning atmosphere that encourages participation and inquiry,” says Sherry Marshall, Director of the Oklahoma Museum Network. “Filled with hands-on experiments, Science Matters engages students as they measure, investigate, create and deduce, allowing them to experience true discovery learning.”

“It’s so fun,” comments Jack Ritchie, one of the first students to explore the new mobile museum. “The lasers are amazing!  It’s awesome getting to figure out all the stuff myself.  It makes science cool!”

Elementary School teacher, Dee Atkins, echoed Ritchie’s comments.

“Science Matters is a wonderful way to get kids involved in science,” Atkins said. “It’s an entertaining and effective way to let them discover the relevancy of science in their everyday life.”

Science Matters is designed to travel throughout rural Oklahoma but will be on display December 30 and Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, January 4 at Science Museum Oklahoma. It will then travel to the remaining Oklahoma Museum Network partners for brief engagements before it hits the road to serve students in rural areas.

As an extra bonus: teachers who visit the Science Matters Mobile Museum and present their school identification card during the preview at Science Museum Oklahoma will receive free curriculum featuring information and activities that correlate with the exhibits.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Science Matters joins the many other activities of the Oklahoma Museum Network that include rotating exhibit groups featured at each of the museum partners and numerous teacher professional development opportunities.  For more information visit the website http://www.oklahomamuseumnetwork.org/.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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