Discovery Lab makes house calls
The lab’s nano exhibition will travel to nine THA family housing communities in 18 months, spending six to eight weeks at each site.
Discovery Lab educator Andrew Perrine, right, stacks carbon atoms with a young Tulsan in the lab’s temporary nano exhibition at the Parkview Terrace community center.
Barriers prevent some Tulsa children and families from visiting Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab or experiencing informal science learning, so a partnership between the Tulsa Housing Authority and Discovery Lab is bringing science to them.
The lab’s nano exhibition will travel to nine THA family housing communities in 18 months, spending six to eight weeks at each site. The interactive exhibit explores key concepts related to nano (science of the small) and nanotechnology. It was gifted to Discovery Lab as part of a grant from the National Informal STEM Education Network.
The new traveling exhibit is part of a larger, ongoing THA and Discovery Lab program now in its third year. Funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the program brings hands-on, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education, and health and wellness resources for children ages 2 to 12 and their families to the nine THA communities.
“We hope to inspire students, helping them build confidence with STEAM concepts, and bring families together, encouraging parents to engage with their children in learning and exploring,” says Ray Vandiver, Discovery Lab executive director.