Cameron GEAR UP students recently toured Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Tour guides Jo-Ann Murcho and Kaye Collier greeted students upon arrival. The tour began by viewing a massive 17 ft x 60 ft wall drawing designed by Sol LeWitt. Next, students walked through an abstract expressionist art gallery with works of art by the likes of Joan Mitchell and were encouraged to find some appreciation of the different pieces. They also received a history lesson over John Trumbull’s “Portrait of Alexander Hamilton”. The tour ended with a viewing of “We the People” by Nari Ward
Twenty ninth and 10th grade Cameron GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual “Zoo 2 U” program with the Tulsa Zoo. The program was conducted by Tulsa Zoo Education Specialists Sarah Varnell and Tricia Hindley. Varnell led students through the program “The Zoo Dating Game”. This program was created to educate students on the importance of healthy animal populations and conservation within zoos, and the use of the Species Survival Plan to ensure genetic diversity among species. Students learned of several types of data that needs to be recorded to help zookeepers make healthy breeding decisions among animals, such
Fifteen Cameron ninth and 10th-grade GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual college day with CASC (Carl Albert State College) Recruiter Hunter Sizemore. CASC is a public two-year community college serving over 3,000 students. CASC has over 30-degree programs and nine certification programs available for students. The virtual tour started in Hemphill Hall, where Sizemore showed students where admissions, enrollment, student affairs, and financial aid office are in the building. Next, students toured the Costner-Balentine Student Center. The Student Center houses the Café 1507 as well as the campus bookstore. Aside from books, the bookstore provides numerous class supplies
Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP recently purchased a variety of technology items for area GEAR UP schools to assist with the schools’ needs for virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each GEAR UP school indicated its immediate need to help conduct virtual education for students. GEAR UP spent over $194,650 on laptops, headsets and Chromebooks. The technology was distributed to cohort schools based on the requested need. Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant in 2017, and will serve more than 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.
Cameron eighth and ninth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured UAFS (University of Arkansas Fort Smith) in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Students were greeted by Admissions Officer Megan Gabbard, and then began their tour in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center (CC). Gabbard spoke with students about the importance of considering location, cost, time, and finances when exploring potential colleges. Students learned the CC is where offices such as Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar are located, and which role each department has for students at UAFS. Students also toured the Lion’s Den, which is a housing option primarily
Twenty-six Cameron GEAR UP students recently traveled to The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Upon arrival, students were greeted by volunteer and Vietnam Veteran Doug Hill. The first stop was a hot air balloon display. Originally called smoke balloons, Hill explained that the balloons were once made of canvas and sealed with beeswax to seal the pores of the fabric. The balloon was inflated from heat of a nearby fire which was covered by metal to contain the heat and smoke as it traveled down a covered trench and up into the balloon to inflate it. Once inflated,
Cameron 7th and 8th grade GEAR UP students recently traveled to Wilburton to tour Eastern Oklahoma State College. Eastern Oklahoma State College is a public community college offering associate degree and certification programs. Students visited the nursing department, radio station, science department, the library/administration building, and student center. Recruiter Karen Darby led the tour and spoke to the students about the importance of college and the opportunities that Eastern can provide because it is close to home and has a low student-to-faculty ratio. Students began their tour in the nursing department in Gunning Hall. Darby explained how the nursing students
Twenty-four Cameron 6th and 7th grade GEAR UP students recently traveled to Jenks to visit the Oklahoma Aquarium. Students were given a personal tour of the Aquarium by Education Specialists Michelle Zarantonello including some “behind the scenes” looks. The tour began in the Shark Adventure exhibit which is home to ten bull sharks and three nurse sharks. The tank itself is made of acrylic which is four inches thick. While acrylic can scratch more easily than glass, it is stronger than glass. Students learned that these sharks are fed twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, which is frequent compared