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Poteau 9th grade visits University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Poteau ninth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured UAFS (University of Arkansas Fort Smith in Fort Smith). Students were greeted by Admissions Officer Morgan Kratts and began their tour at the campus amphitheater, which was completed in 2015. The amphitheater serves as a common gathering area as well as a host for small concerts and plays on campus. Next, students toured the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center (CC). GEAR UP students learned about housing and some other important offices such as Financial Aid, Advisement, and Admissions, the CC also houses the campus book store and food court. The

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Area Math and Science Teachers Attend Texas Instruments Training in Poteau

Twelve area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day beginner TI (Texas Instruments) workshop while six teachers participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced training at Pansy Kidd Middle School in Poteau. The workshops were sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP and was designed to help teachers integrate technology effectively into instruction. The trainings were conducted by Texas Instruments Specialists Mike Smith, Fred Ferneyhough, Sandra Hocutt, and Cassie Whitecotton. “It’s always a joy to see local teachers passionate about learning new technologies to implement into their instruction,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator Brianna

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Poteau seventh grade girls tour the Oklahoma Aquarium

Sixty-nine Poteau GEAR UP seventh grade students recently traveled to Jenks to visit the Oklahoma Aquarium. The aquarium allowed students to self-explore the nine exhibits it houses, including the most recent exhibit, the Polynesian Reef. There are several touch tanks that allow students a hands-on experience with aquatic creatures. The Polynesian Reef exhibit is home to many species of fish and coral. Yellowtail coris can be found in this exhibit. In order to maximize their reproductive success, yellowtail coris begin life as female, mate, and lay eggs. Then as the female fish grows larger later in life, they will become

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Poteau seventh grade boys visit the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks

Forty-four seventh grade Poteau GEAR UP students recently travel to the Oklahoma Aquarium. The aquarium is home to many species of fish, sharks, and other sea life as well as wildlife native to Oklahoma. Students explored exhibits as well as touched aquatic animals up close and personal. The aquarium houses many touch tanks. Students were able to feel shrimp, starfish, muscles, sharks, and stingrays within these tanks. One exhibit, which held larger stingrays than the touch tank, allowed students to feed small shrimp to the stingrays as they swam by. Shark Adventure is home to ten bull sharks and three

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Poteau eighth grade GEAR UP girls explore the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

Fifty-three Poteau eighth grade girls recently traveled to Tulsa to explore the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. The museum houses many different aircraft and replicas related to different eras of flight, including the aviation history in Oklahoma. In the planetarium, viewers can recline and enjoy full-dome videos. Poteau students enjoyed the show “Stars”. This production propelled students through space as they witnessed up close and personal the birth and death of stars in our galaxy. “Supernova” is the term used for the death of a star. They learned of past scholars such as Copernicus and Galileo and how

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Poteau eighth grade GEAR UP boys tour Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

Fifty-five Poteau eighth grade students recently toured The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Upon arrival, students entered the planetarium and experienced the high-definition visual presentation “Stars,” They learned of the creation and death of stars, space travel, and how stars impacted past cultures, and their travel habits. “I liked learning about the solar system in the planetarium and how stars are born and die” said eighth grade student Andrew Riley. After viewing “Stars,” students were led to the museum to study and explore different aircraft. The museum is home to an MD-80 that was donated by American Airlines,

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Area math and science teachers attend GEAR UP-sponsored Intermediate and Advanced T3 BOOST Math and Science Training in Poteau

Ten area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced TI workshop at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau. The workshop was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. It was designed to help them integrate technology effectively into instruction. The intermediate/advanced training was conducted by Texas Instruments (TI) Specialists Doug Roberts and Mike Smith. “We always enjoy meeting with our intermediate and advanced students,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel. “These are dedicated men and women who want to learn and share how to enhance their classrooms.” In addition to the professional

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Area teachers attend GEAR UP–sponsored beginner T3 BOOST math & science training in Poteau

Twenty–six area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day workshop at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. The workshop was designed to help them integrate technology effectively into instruction. The training for beginners was conducted by Texas Instruments (TI) Specialists Doug Roberts and Mike Smith. “We had a great two days of training,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel. “These educators are learning to implement the technology into their classrooms to provide advanced STEM education.” In addition to the professional development training, teachers are coached by

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Seventy-five Poteau GEAR UP students visit TCC–SE campus

Seventy-five Poteau GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour the Southeast campus of Tulsa Community College (TCC–SE). Students were greeted by Admissions Counselor William Baldwin and Student Recruiter Lucia McFarland. Students were led through the VanTrease Performance Arts Center for Education, also known as the PACE Building. Students were given a behind the scenes tour of the auditorium where hair and makeup preparation for productions happens. They also looked inside the shop used for building props and sets used in plays. Next, students toured the Student Union located in Building 9. The Student Union consists of the fitness

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Poteau GEAR UP students tour Tulsa Community College–Southeast Campus

Eighty-four seventh grade Poteau GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour the Southeast campus of Tulsa Community College (TCC–SE). Students were greeted by Admissions Counselor William Baldwin and Student Recruiter Lucia McFarland. They were led through Building 9, the Student Union that houses the Student Life offices, the campus store, food court, and fitness center. Students learned that even if they are sign up for only one class through TCC–SE, they can take advantage of the fitness center for free at any TCC campus. The center has smaller rooms for fitness classes as well as intramural sports. Students

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