Hands On Education Experiences In OKC Available For Distance Learning Students


Monday, August 31st 2020, 7:24 am

By: News 9


With so many districts moving to virtual learning, students may not get a traditional field trip experience any time soon, but that doesn't mean they have to miss out on the hands-on learning. 

There are many places across Oklahoma City where parents can take their students to continue their education outside of a virtual format.

When it comes to history, students can trade in one screen for another at the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum. 

In honor of the 25th anniversary, the museum is introducing augmented reality. 

Through an app downloaded on a tablet or phone, guests can hear from six storytellers throughout the museum. The storytellers share accounts of survivors, first responders, reporters, and witnesses. 

The lessons students can take away, the museum says, are important now more than ever. 

"It's okay to feel mad or sad," says Lynne Porter, the director of educational experience. "But it's important to know that you can get through those tough times."

If students are studying science at home, the back yard may be a good place to start, but if you want an up-close look at creepy crawlers head to Science Museum Oklahoma. The backyard bugs exhibit will be there for a limited time. 

"Kids love bugs," says director of education, Greg Miller. 

The exhibit allows students to see what goes on inside of bugs, and even build their own. Staff members also allow students to touch and hold various species. 

"There is still a broad range of scientific exploration that needs to be done," says Miller. "One of these days kids will get excited about bugs here and want to take that on and learn something new."

From the backyard to the backwoods, students can visit the Oklahoma Zoo's Oklahoma Trails exhibit to see animals native to the state. 

Whether it's mountain lions, bison, black bears, or grizzly bears, the zoo's director of public relations, Candice Rennels, says some animals you just have to see in person. 

"Bring them out here to actually see what they're learning about," she says. "This gives them that close connection. It's really an immersive experience."

The Science Museum and the Oklahoma Memorial and Museum require guests to wear masks during their visit. The exhibits are sanitized as often as possible. 

The zoo only requires masks at certain indoor exhibits, though they recommend guests wear one on their visit. 

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