By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16, the Science Museum Oklahoma at 2100 NE 52nd Street in Oklahoma City, will become a spooktacular science laboratory geared toward students from first to sixth grades. The two-day camp promises a ghoulishly good time.
During the “Pumpkins, Potions & Poltergeists” fall break day camp, children from around the state will have the opportunity to reveal their own inner mad scientists while discovering spooky educational facts.
The museum’s focus on science literacy encourages families to develop and build upon a strong foundation in the sciences.
“Halloween celebrates the mysterious and the magical,” said Sherry Marshall, vice president of programs and outreach at Science Museum Oklahoma. “Science Museum Oklahoma’s Fall Break camp offers kids an opportunity to see how science illuminates those dark and unknown corners of our world, and other worlds we can scarcely imagine.”
Over the course of the two-day event, campers will drop pumpkins to learn about inertia, experience visitations from rats and snakes, and conjure shadow-box jack-o’-lanterns. Students will get chills learning about liquid nitrogen, they’ll construct their own flashlights, and have an electrifying lesson with the Van de Graaff generator.
“An exploding pumpkin or two is a real possibility,” said organizers.“Fall Break is a great time to escape the classroom and have some ghoulish fun,” Marshall continued. “This being Halloween, there’s a trick along with the treat — the campers will be learning the whole time.”
“Pumpkins, Potions & Poltergeists” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After-care until 5 p.m. is available on both days.
The cost is $45 per day for members of Science Museum Oklahoma and $50 a day for nonmembers.
Students are required to bring their own sack lunch and snack each day. Space is limited. Registration closes on October 13.
Daily general admission at Science Museum Oklahoma is $14.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older).
One of the largest science museums in the nation, Science Museum Oklahoma is the state’s only hands-on science museum with over 350,000 square feet of educational and entertaining exhibits.
SMO demonstrates the relationship between the physical sciences and everyday experiences through interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live! demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events.
Science Museum Oklahoma was made possible largely through the support and generosity of the Kirkpatrick family. SMO hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.’ and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Call 405-602-3760 to register or for more information, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org.