The Science Matters Mobile Museum (SMMM) truck sponsored by the Oklahoma Science Museum visited Southwest Technology Center on Wednesday and Thursday. The SWTC students enjoyed the activities on Wednesday morning while 5th and 6th graders from Blair, Eldorado, Granite, Navajo and Olustee participated in the activities on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.
SMMM is a fully immersive exhibition contained within a 40-foot truck that literally pulled into the SWTC parking lot for the students to enjoy. Students climbed on-board and are transported into an interactive environment with highly engaging exhibits that encourage them to explore, investigate and experiment.
In addition to the SMMM the Science Museum engaged students in robotic activities that encouraged them to critically think while designing, building and programming robots to complete challenges.
The students then participated in career exploration activities with SWTC instructors in the Biomedical Science, Health Science, Electronics Technology and Construction Trades programs. The students did anatomy activities with rice crispy treats and CPR and germ awareness in the Health Science program; extracted DNA from strawberries and built DNA strands in the Biomedical Science program; controlled video games by using their body’s own conductivity with MaKey MaKey kits and drove robots in the Electronics Technology program; and followed a set of plans and built PVC houses in the Construction Trades program.
SWTC Director of Students Services, Ericka Wiginton said, “It’s always a pleasure to have students from our partner schools engaged in activities on our campus. We feel it is important for the students to see what opportunities await them when they get to high school. Hopefully events like this inspire the students to start thinking about their future as we prepare them for college and careers.”
The Don W. Reynolds Foundation funds the SMMM through the Oklahoma Science Museum which makes these types of activities available to Oklahoma students.
Reach Jill Owenby at JOwenby@swtech.edu