Highland Park Elementary students attended Space Day at Science Museum Oklahoma thanks to Oklahoma Museum Network and The Boeing Company
On May 1, 176 fourth- and fifth-grade students from Highland Park Elementary had the chance to attend Space Day at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The students were able to attend the day thanks to the Oklahoma Museum Network funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and a grant from The Boeing Company.
In December, three educators from Highland Park Elementary attended the Winter Teacher Institute hosted by Oklahoma Museum Network. The workshop focused on the forces of flight and educators received curriculum concepts from engineers with The Boeing Company. As part of completing the workshop, educators received a visit to their school from OMN educators in March and a field trip for their classes to attend Space Day.
Space Day is an annual event at Science Museum Oklahoma sponsored by The Boeing Company that explores the science behind flight and space exploration through live demonstrations and hands-on activities such as testing trajectories using ping pong balls and catapults, creating reaction rockets using household items, dropping flying capsules from the mezzanine and blasting off in the Mercury Simulator.
The layering of learned teaching strategies from the workshop with interactive programs during Space Day provide teachers and students the opportunity to explore relevant, hands-on learning activities that bolster skills in science, technology, engineering and math.
“Thanks to Boeing, we were able to partner with Oklahoma educators to explore relevant, hands-on learning activities that come paired with successful teaching strategies,” said Eileen Castle, Oklahoma Museum Network director. “Aerospace is a vital part of Oklahoma’s economy, and is a natural fit for classroom content that will bolster student skills in science, technology, engineering and math.”
Educators from across the state can stay up to date on future OMN educator professional development opportunities by registering for the OMN email newsletter at www.oklahomamuseumnetwork.org or by calling 405-602-3760.
About the Oklahoma Museum Network
The Oklahoma Museum Network, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, is a statewide collaboration of museums working together to provide discovery learning experiences and science education resources to families, students and educators across the state