About Science Institute

What is Science Institute?

Science Institute is an innovative professional development experience, where teachers will work with scientists and professionals from the Sam Noble Museum’s Invertebrate Paleontology and Education Departments to build a deeper understanding science and Oklahoma’s past. Teachers will conduct authentic research both in the field and at the Sam Noble Museum, while learning how to utilize their research back in the classroom by developing technological resources and curricula. Science Institute will engage teachers:

  • By working in two unique paleontological field sites across Oklahoma
  • Working with paleontologists, scientists, educators, and other professionals from the Sam Noble Museum in the Invertebrate Paleontology collection, laboratories and classrooms of the museum.
  • By conducting authentic and meaningful research in both field sites and the museum, utilizing modern research methods and technologies.
  • By using actual paleontological research and specimens to gain an understanding of Oklahoma’s past, specifically how ecosystems and communities in Oklahoma have changed throughout time.
  • By using their research to assist in the development of curricula and web-based resources that can be utilized in both their own classrooms and the classrooms of educators across the state.
  • By providing a follow-up workshop in the following summer to review and analyze impact of participation, address any issues or questions, and develop ways to share their knowledge with other educators.


There is no cost to participants. Science Institute is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation, the Sam Noble Museum, Oklahoma's oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners through the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB). Participants are responsible for travel-related costs to and from the program, as well as any personal expenses.



Elementary, middle or high school teachers (K-12) from the state of Oklahoma. This includes public, private, homeschool, and non-traditional educators.

Participant Responsibilities:

  • Complete the application process and submit application materials.
  • Actively take part in the entire 6-day Science Institute (late arrivals/ early departures are not acceptable)
  • Stay in the lodging provided by ExplorOlogy® (or guarantee your presence during the entire workshop)
  • Participate in the day long follow-up workshop in summer 2019 (exact date and time to be announced later)
  • Participate in follow-up and assist in facilitation of distance learning activities at your school.
  • Complete follow-up surveys concerning the implementation of inquiry and interpretation into your classroom.

Participants must also be aware and considerate of the physical requirements of the workshop. Participation will include time outside in heat and sun, walking over uneven terrain, occasional limit of restroom availability, and extended periods of sitting, standing and travel in vehicles. Science Institute will make every effort to ensure participants have the best possible experience, and we ask that participants contact program staff with any concerns prior to their participation.


Participants will be provided with lodging near the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman during Science Institute. Local participants may choose to commute to the workshop daily, if they are able to guarantee their presence for the entire workshop.


Breakfast, lunch and light snacks will be provided Sunday through Friday. Any additional snacks or food will be the responsibility of the participant.


Each teacher that attends the entire Science Institute 2018 will receive a stipend of $700 after completion of the workshop, with an additional $100 stipend being provided for completion of the day long follow-up workshop in the summer of 2019. No other travel expenses will be reimbursed.


Past Science Institutes: 2015, 2016

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