By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Science Museum Oklahoma will host a new Science Overnight program on Friday, November 13 inspired by “The Hunger Games.” Developed by trained science educators, the program will offer guests a chance to match wits and to learn the tips, tricks and techniques of the science of survival.
“There is much more to survival than being strongest, fastest, or biggest,” said Sherry Marshall, vice president of programs and outreach at Science Museum Oklahoma.
“The human brain and our ability to experiment and reason have enabled us to do more than just survive. We have thrived and built an incredible civilization. This Science Overnight will demonstrate the importance of logic and scientific processes, and how understanding the world around you is sometimes a matter of survival,” Marshall added.
Guests will be prepared for the release of “Mockingjay: Part 2” by training with SMO leaders and studying the science of survival. Participants will explore the districts of Panem, challenge their senses, and learn what animals will help or hinder their journey. Costumes are encouraged.
Overnight guests will learn to use natural and synthetic materials to create water filters. They’ll peer through a microscope to learn the difference between “filtered” water and “purified” water.
Campers will use a compass to navigate a challenge course and discover how animals use camouflage as a means of survival. They will also learn about the physics of the bow and arrow and have the chance to build their own and test it on a target range. They will get introduced to an assortment of snakes, spiders, scorpions and cockroaches.
The night will include access to all of Science Museum Oklahoma’s regular exhibits and planetarium and Science Live! shows.
Science Overnight takes place at 2100 NE 52nd Street in Oklahoma City and runs from 7 p.m. November 13 until 7 a.m. November14. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. and all guests must leave by 7:30 a.m.
The cost is $35 per child for members of Science Museum Oklahoma, $45 per child for nonmembers and $25 for each adult non-participant. One adult is required to attend for every six children in attendance.
All Military & State of Oklahoma employees receive $10 off each child registration with proper ID. You can also receive $10 off each child Science Overnight event with registration of 10 or more participants.
Breakfast will be provided for all participants. Each guest should bring his or her own sleeping bag or air mattress, as well as a change of clothes and a towel and their own snacks and drinks if they like.
Space is limited. Call 405-602-3760 to register or for more information. Registration closes at 3 p.m. November13.
Another exciting upcoming Science Overnight experience will be the Star Wars Overnight on Friday, December 11.
For a complete list of SMO Overnight events or to learn more about Science Museum Oklahoma, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org.