Grades 6-8

These programs last 50 minutes and include activities using artifacts or scientific specimens. Some programs also include investigations, demonstrations or data collection and analysis. Programs are limited to a maximum of 25 students per class. Discovery Room sessions and educational programs are available beginning the day after Labor Day through the third week of May. Program Fee: $45 per class + museum admission

Clues to the Past

Did you know that southeastern Oklahoma was once a swamp at the edge of the sea? Students in this class will identify marine, wetland and terrestrial fossils and map their locations to re-create Oklahoma’s ecosystem as it existed 300 million years ago. Download Educational Program Guide PASS: Grade 6 Science Process 2.1, 2.2 | Life Science 3.2, 4.1, 4.2 Grade 7 Science Process 2.1, 2.2 | Life Science 4.2 Grade 8 Science Process 2.1, 2.2 | Life Science 3.1, 3.2 OAS Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 | Core Ideas LS4

Ecosystem Interactions

How do ecosystems work? Student groups will build food chains using museum specimens, collect and graph data, and discover how the living and non-living components of an ecosystem are connected to each other. Download Educational Program Guide PASS: Grade 6 Science Process, 2.1, 2.2, 4.1–4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4 | Life Science 3.2, 4.1, 4.2 Grade 7 Science Process 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1–4.3, 5.3, 5.4, | Life Science 2.1, 3.1, 4.2 Grade 8 Science Process 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 4.1–4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4 | Life Science 3.2 OAS: MS-LS2-3 Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Science I.D.

How does a scientist identify organisms and study differences among species? Students will observe, measure, identify and describe several different groups of museum specimens, from turtles to trilobites. Download Educational Program Guide PASS: Grade 6, 7, 8 Science Process 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 4.3 Grade 7 Life Science 2.2, 3.1 Grade 8 Life Science 3.1, 3.2 OAS: MS-LS1-5 | Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Laboratory Programs

Laboratory programs last 90 minutes and include experiments or simulations and active investigation by students. Laboratories are limited to a maximum of 25 students per class. Program Fee: $80 per class + museum admission

Geology Laboratory

Did you know that you could experience the rock cycle in minutes, rather than eons? In this laboratory, students will investigate the rock cycle by “making” sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, and then experience the processes of erosion, sedimentation and soil formation. Students also will identify a variety of rocks and minerals through observations and tests. Download Educational Program Guide PASS: Grades 6, 7, 8 Process Skills 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1 Grade 6 Earth-Space Science 5.1 Grade 8 Earth-Space Science 4.1, 4.2 OAS MS-ESS2-1 | Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Archaeology Laboratory

Students will experience the process of scientific archaeology from excavation through data collection, artifact identification, interpretation and reporting. The “sites” excavated represent five cultures from Oklahoma’s past, ranging from the dramatic mammoth hunting cultures of 11,000 years ago to the historic Wichita. Download Educational Program Guide PASS: Grade 6 Social Studies 1.1, 3.1, 3.2 Grade 7 Social Studies 1.1, 5.1, 5.2 Grade 8 Social Studies 1.1 OAS: Science Practices 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

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