Oklahoma's number one blog for natural and cultural history.
If you are reading this blog post, thank a teacher. Being a great educator is about more than sharing knowledge—it’s about sharing wisdom, insight and skills for living and learning. Teaching is one of the toughest jobs in the world, and that’s why we’ve developed resources to help Oklahoma educators provide their students with the best. Here are a few examples…
Fossil Fuel Fund
Oklahoma has experienced more budget cuts per student since 2008 than any other state in America. Often, this means teachers are unable to engage in critical learning opportunities like field trips. In 2007, OU President Boren established the Fossil Fuel Fund. This scholarship reimbursement program enables low-income schools to enjoy the museum at no cost. Last year, 55 schools received $12,204.86 in reimbursements! For more information about this program and how to apply, click here.
We offer many opportunities for professional development, including Science Institute. This four-day science investigation provides educators with a deeper understanding of content, inquiry and the nature of science. By working with university and museum scientists, teachers learn to incorporate science more effectively in their classrooms. Additionally, this program is funded by the Sam Noble Museum and does not cost for participants. For information on how to apply, check out our website.
Teacher Appreciation Month
From pre-K to 12th grade and private school to homeschool, every teacher deserves thanks. Every October, the Sam Noble Museum offers complimentary admission to all Oklahoma pre-K through 12th-grade educators and their families in celebration of the hard work and dedication our teachers provide. For information about upcoming promotions and complimentary admission, be sure to like us on Facebook.
You’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to your child’s education – especially in the summer. It’s important for parents to do their homework before enrolling in educational programming, so grab your pencil! Class is now in session.
Lesson 1 – Not all Education is Equal
Unlike many educational programs outside of school, our curriculum is developed by trained educators to complement the statewide plan. Additionally, our educators strive to go above and beyond the Oklahoma Science Standards, providing additional science education to students who may lack opportunities and resources.
“We provide out of school opportunities for students to engage in science and explore the world that they can’t access in their schools,” said Jes Cole, head of education. “We are really fortunate to be a complement and to help supplement Oklahoma schools for science education.”
By teaching Oklahoma children the joy of experiential learning, the museum has molded statewide science education. In the past year, 1,245 participants enrolled in our public education programming, and the museum has impacted 219,380 students through field trips in the past decade.
Lesson 2 – You Don’t Need a Classroom
Nothing is more terrifying to a teacher than watching his or her students discard precious information over summer vacation. But there is something you as a parent can do, and it starts with Summer Explorers.
Summer Explorers is the Sam Noble Museum’s summer educational programming for students ages 4-14. We offer a wide variety of courses throughout the summer - covering everything from baby to animals to pond scum, world cultures to paleontology. It’s a chance to see the world behind the safety of gallery walls.
“There aren’t many summer camps that have the same security that watches over priceless artifacts in the same area as my priceless kiddo,” said Amy Davenport, parent of a former Summer Explorer. “Whenever we drop Zoey off to class, we know she is in great hands.”
Lesson 3 – Learning is for Life
If you’ve ever heard the term lifelong learner, then you know that curiosity is not outgrown. Adults love digging in the sand for buried fossils just as much as their children, especially when playing for keeps. That’s why the museum offers family and adult-only public programs.
“Everyone is a lifelong learner, and everyone’s always wanting to learn more,” said Cole. “We try to offer what other educational institutions cannot, and that’s how we design our adult programming.”
In addition to inspiring new interests, adult education also strives to answer everyday dilemmas with specialized scientific knowledge. From preserving family heirlooms to mastering macrophotography, these programs foster learning for life.
Summer brings ample opportunity to enroll your child in educational programming - but will you make the correct choice? Every right answer begins in a book, so study up using our education website! Come see what science education is all about, and discover our school of thought.