Satisfy your inner scientist
3 easy ways to cram a little more science into your kids’ noggins
STEMcell Science Shop
Who says learning can’t be a fun family activity? Think outside the box a bit. For some quick, easy ways to cram a little more science into your kids’ noggins — and maybe even yours, too — the following local outings are just the ticket.
STEMcell Science Shop
For all your home science experimentation needs ... or just a chance to gawk at some cool stuff, make your way to the STEMcell Science Shop. It offers everything an aspiring scientist might need, from microscopes and telescopes to a few artifacts like a wooly mammoth tooth and some actual space debris.
“It’s one thing to see a meteorite crash on TV,” says owner Terry Mudge, “but to actually hold a chunk of it makes it that much more tangible.”
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday-Saturday
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Astronomy Club of Tulsa
One night a month, the Astronomy Club of Tulsa opens its observatory near Mounds to the public.
Guests can look through various telescopes at fantastic celestial objects, including the Butterfly Cluster, a cluster of stars in the constellation Scorpius that is approximately 1,600 light years away.
“If we get an interested group of individuals who wants to stay around, we’ll stay out there as long as they want to,” says Owen Green, ACT’s public relations director.
A Nov. 11 public viewing night will begin at 4:45 p.m. at the Mounds observatory. ACT also will host a “Sidewalk Astronomy” event at 5 p.m., Nov. 25, just east of Bass Pro Shop, 101 Bass Pro Drive in Broken Arrow.
$2 suggested event donation per person For directions, reach out to the observatory at astrotulsa.com/contact.
Tulsa GeoScience Center
Head downtown and dig into the geological history of the earth with a visit to the Tulsa GeoScience Center.
This hands-on experience features a plethora of minerals and fossils to examine, including T-Rex and Megalodon remains, as well as an earthquake simulation room.
“At the end of the tour the kids get to dig for minerals and fossils and get a little kit to take home,” says Tulsa GeoScience Center director Broc Randall. “That’s definitely the most popular thing.”
Tours must be booked in advance. $8 per person.
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