PLAYING TO LEARN
Discovery Lab offers field trips, museum classes, outreach, and camps throughout the year to engage and educate. Fun, hands-on activities focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), and Health and Wellness content. These unique learning experiences are designed for children middle school-aged and younger, their parents, caregivers and teachers.
Discovery Lab’s hands-on, multidisciplinary learning emphasizes process skills, including creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration while extending and enriching Oklahoma academic standards to build on children’s interests and strengths, and help prepare them for the future. An innovative curriculum embeds these concepts and principals into all of Discovery Lab’s exhibits and programs encouraging children to connect arts and sciences in ways that make learning engaging, challenging, and fun.
All educational programming is led by experienced museum educators and can be integrated into field trips, camps, museum classes, and outreach.
Discovery Lab offers camps throughout the year to engage and educate children from pre-k to 6th grade. Fun, hands-on activities focus on health and wellness, and science content, such as chemistry, engineering, and technology. Ranging from two hours to a full week, your children will be excited to discover more at Discovery Lab.
Discovery Lab is a great place for students to explore and discover. Groups must have a minimum of 10 people and an advanced registration to qualify for group pricing of $5 per visitor. We also recommend one adult chaperone for every five children.
Classes & Outreach
Let us bring the excitement of Discovery Lab to you! We offer unique experiences for your classroom, after-school program, or other group. Based on local and national education standards, programs are educator-friendly and can be delivered to meet your specific classroom curriculum needs. All programs are led by experienced educators and can be offered in conjunction with a field trip at Discovery Lab or as an outreach program.
The Accessible Discovery (AD) program was developed to increase the access and participation of underserved students and families in informal learning opportunities. The school-based AD program provides financial aid for schools to plan field trips, museum classes, and outreach classes to increase the participation of underserved students at schools with high free and reduced lunch population. The program includes three impact points for the entire school: A field trip with museum class and outreach classes back at the school site. Busing can also be included in the grant award to the school.
The organization-based AD program provides financial aid for programming targeting connecting families and community involvement. The museum partners with organizations working with underserved children and families, and provides programming, memberships, camp scholarships, and engagement nights to their clients. The museum has partnerships with: Tulsa Housing Authority, the Department of Human Services, Family & Children’s Services (Women in Recovery program and Parenting in Jail program), Sooner Start, Educare, and the YMCA of Greater Tulsa.
Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Exhibit Design Challenge
In 2015, Discovery Lab launched its “Exhibit Design Challenge” with the creation of the Challenge Labs incorporated as a portion of the Team Up! exhibition in the Main Hall of the museum. Through a grant from the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Foundation, the museum approached students in the Tulsa community to participate in the design, development, and prototyping of collaborative challenges. Through a generous grant from the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, the exhibit design challenge continues.
To begin the challenge each year, students are presented an exhibit concept describing the learning goals that the exhibits are to convey, the critical process skills to be highlighted, as well as the desired look and feel of the exhibit. The students also receive direction from Discovery Lab about exhibit design in terms of standard usage and safety concerns. Many of the groups illustrate their projects by hand or in programs such as SketchUp, but teachers have the option to offer a small stipend to purchase materials if a prototype would be important to illustrate their challenge proposal.
In April, after a period of four to eight weeks, the student groups present their design notebooks, presentations, and/or prototypes to board members and directors from Discovery Lab. In May, the winning design(s) is selected to be further prototyped and developed into full exhibits and is announced at an after-hours event at Discovery Lab. At the museum, the students and their families can meet other students who have participated in the challenge.
Currently, 150-200 students in Bixby and Broken Arrow High Schools’ sophomore Principles of Engineering classes, and students in multiple grades in Jenks Public Schools participate in this challenge yearly and consistently produce unique ideas and prototypes for buildout by the museum. Juniors in the Math and Engineering program at Central High School will be joining the challenge during the 2019-2020 school year.