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LeFlore GEAR UP Students Participate in Mid-America Science Museum Workshop

Twenty-seven LeFlore freshman and sophomore Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently participated in Mid-America Science Museum’s outreach workshop. Located in Hot Springs, Ark., Mid-America Science Museum’s mission is to stimulate interest in science, promote public understanding of the sciences, and encourage life-long science education through interactive exhibits and programs. Mid-America Educator Madeline McClain traveled to LeFlore Public School to host a cow eye dissection workshop. McClain discussed how the comprehensive, hands-on-experience of a cow eye dissection will guide them through the inner workings of the mammalian eye and how vision interacts with the nervous system. McClain had students

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McCurtain GEAR UP Students Toured the Oklahoma Aquarium

McCurtain ninth and 10th grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently participated in a guided tour of the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Okla. During the tour, the guide took the students behind the scenes of the world’s largest bull shark exhibit and showed them where the food is prepared for all aquarium exhibits. The guide also stopped by Sea Turtle Island and Polynesian Reef where she gave students facts about the two exhibits. After the guided tour, students were free to explore the aquarium. The majority of the students said the shark tunnel and the loggerhead sea turtle

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Panama GEAR UP Students Take a Virtual Tour of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Panama ninth and 10th grade GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum in Oklahoma City. The tour guide began by stating facts behind the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, which included why the bombing took place, who was involved, the conviction and sentencing of those responsible, the number of people who died, and how things in Oklahoma City were forever changed. The guide walked through the museum highlighting archives and memorabilia of special interest related to the bombing. To end the tour, students were shown the outdoor memorial, designed

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Atoka GEAR UP Students Tour Historic Downtown Atoka, Oklahoma

Sixty-two Atoka freshman and sophomore EOSC (Eastern Oklahoma State College) GEAR UP students recently participated in an educational field trip to historic downtown Atoka, Okla. GEAR UP Education Coordinator Denise Lovell began the tour with an overview of the town’s history and its role in Oklahoma history. Students took a walking tour of Atoka’s downtown area where they learned about the history and architecture of the current buildings. Several downtown structures are dated before statehood and were federal government buildings used for the Dawes’ Commission to register native tribal members and make land allotments. Other facilities, such as the Masonic

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Keota GEAR UP Students Participate in a Virtual Tour of the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Keota ninth and tenth-grade GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Dallas, Tx. The tour began with an introduction of the tour guides and a brief talk about the history and mission of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. The Museum’s mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. They then lead students through exhibits in the Holocaust/Shoah Wing, showing them artifacts from the event.  GEAR UP students viewed a boxcar used to transport Jews from Belgium to the camps and

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Antlers GEAR UP Students Tour the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Antlers ninth grade GEAR UP students visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, created to remember and honor those impacted by the April 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing. Before the ranger-guided tour, students were encouraged to write thoughtful messages on a chalkboard walk located outside the front doors. Students began the memorial tour learning about the significance of the memorial landscaping features, which were thoughtfully and definitively designed. During this time, students were encouraged to find the names of each person on the symbolic chairs in the Memorial garden that represented those killed in the bombing. Students

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Coalgate GEAR UP Students Tour Atoka County Museum and Civil War Cemetery

Seventy-two Coalgate ninth and 10th grade GEAR UP students recently toured the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery. Students were greeted by Museum Director Cindy Wallis who guided students through the museum. Students viewed exhibits honoring Atoka county notorieties, such as singer Reba McEntire and bull rider Lane Frost. Wallis also shared information concerning early Oklahoma history, which included lifestyles, culture and customs of the early settlers. Students observed exhibits from the mid-1900s, and learned about rotary phones, switchboards, and other early appliances. Wallis discussed several local natural disasters and how those affected the area’s commerce and reconstruction. After touring

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Spiro GEAR UP Students Participate in a Virtual Tour of the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Spiro ninth and tenth-grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Dallas, Tx. During the guided tour, GEAR UP students learned the history of the Holocaust. Although the tour was virtual, the guides were interactive with the students. Guides highlighted artifacts, maps, and statistics regarding the Holocaust. They explained the different types of camps, where they were located, the uprisings, and how the people were affected. One of the most talked-about portions of the tour from the students was the boxcar that was used to move

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Poteau GEAR UP Students Participate in Virtual Education Program with the Tulsa Zoo

Two hundred three ninth and 10th grade Poteau GEAR UP students recently participated in Tulsa Zoo’s virtual Zoo 2 U program with Education Specialists Tricia Hindley and Claire Stephenson as well as Volunteer Manager Lisa Cobb. Students were given an in-depth look at the process behind exhibit design in a zoo setting. Hindley and Stephenson explained the factors that play a role in exhibit design so that Tulsa Zoo can meet the needs of three groups: the animals, zookeepers, and the public. A critical factor among all three is safety. Animals need to have a safe, real-life replicating environment while

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Crowder GEAR UP Students Participated in a Virtual Tour of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum

Thirty-five Crowder freshman and sophomore GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma. Museum Tour Guide discussed that just like many of them, Will Rogers came from a humble beginning in Oklahoma but that he was able to rise to a level of popularity unseen by many from our state. Will Rogers was a radio personality, actor, most sought-after public speaker, and one of the most read newspaper columnists of his time. Another significant fact about his career was that he was an accomplished novelist and lariat rope specialist. His

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