Abagial Holden of Claremore is one of 14 students selected from applicants statewide to attend Oklahoma Science Adventure 2013, a weeklong summer field science experience hosted by the Sam Noble Museum. Holden, a seventh-grade student, currently is attending Justus-Tiawah Middle School.
Holden and the other students will spend July 7-14 exploring a variety of scientific disciplines, working directly with museum scientists.
After a day developing teamwork skills at the OU Ropes Course, the students will conduct field research at several locations in Oklahoma.
They begin the week at Rogers County Conservation District in Claremore.
There, they will work with Katrina Menard, curator of Recent Invertebrates at the Sam Noble Museum, creating their own research projects.
Like professional scientists in the field, the students will be asked to make a hypothesis, collect data from area wetlands and forests, and draw conclusions based on their findings.
In addition, students will have the chance to hike, swim and canoe on the Illinois River.
The students also will investigate a unique Oklahoma fossil site known as “Whitemound”: an ancient shallow ocean where, more than 400 million years ago, an assortment of animals, such as trilobites, crinoids, brachiopods and corals, lived. Working with Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Nick Czaplewski, students will collect and study fossils.
Based on their understanding of modern animals and fossil evidence, they will reconstruct an idea of what the ancient ecosystem might have looked like.
Oklahoma Science Adventure is part of the ExplorOlogy® Program, a museum educational project funded in part by the Whitten-Newman Foundation.
In addition to the week-long middle school program, the ExplorOlogy® Program also includes “Paleo Expedition,” a two-week paleontology program for high school students; “SciencEscape,” a Spring Break program for teachers and students to enjoy together; and “Science Institute,” a professional development opportunity of teachers.
All programs are fully funded in part by the Whitten-Newman Foundation and are provided at no cost to participants.