Activities

Each activity is hands-on and meets federal and state STEM educational standards.

The Fossil Table

fossiltableAt this station, students learn about fossils like the T-Rex, Sabertooth Tiger, and even Megalodon- one of the biggest ocean predators to ever live. Every student will have an opportunity to touch, hold, and feel all fossils on the table while learning about how fossils are formed, found, and identified. With over a hundred fossils across all four tables, there are plenty of things to learn about!

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The Earthquake Room

Tulsa GeoScience Center - Earthquake PresentationAt the earthquake, students learn about the cause of earthquakes and what they are. A geophone and oscilloscope are connected to a large screen tv allow the students to see the earthquake they create by jumping on the floor and listen to a recording of it. The tv is also connected to the internet, allowing them to watch videos of real earthquakes and their effect on places like grocery stores.

Earthquake & Tsunami Room

The Fluorescent Room

At this station, students are introduced to fluorescence and ultra-violet light. They are shown minerals and small bottles of oil that glow under ultra-violet light, and each student is given a fluorescent yellow marker to make a design on their hands.

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Let’s make a fossil

Tulsa GeoScience Center - Lets Make a FossilAt this station, students mix up a bowl of mud (plaster) and place an ammonite or fish into their mud, then sprinkle sediments over the top. When their fossil is dry the fish/ammonite will be pulled out, and they will get their bowl back to keep!

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Rocks, Minerals & Fossil Identification

Tulsa GeoScience Center - Identify Rocks and MineralsAt the rocks, minerals, and fossil identification station, each student has a box filled with samples. They are taught about how to identify these all of these.

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Petroleum Products

At this station, students will learn about petroleum and its various products. First, they’ll get to make a rubber band with latex and vinegar, they’ll get to smell a rock with petroleum in it, and learn about some of the over 3000 things made with petrochemicals.

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The Dig

All students find rock, mineral and fossil samples to keep. Genuine items like rose quartz, amethyst, quartz points, pyrite, copper ore, shark teeth, ammonites, brachiopods, crinoid stems, stingray teeth, granite, obsidian, coal, marble, etc.

Media Room

Students start the tour off in our media room and watch a few short videos about dinosaurs, then when everyone has gotten here, our director Broc does a short introduction to the Geoscience Center, talking about the various rooms and activities the students will get to do during the tour.

Rock Collection

We have a large collection of rocks, donated from various collectors. Students get to look over the many shelves of rocks and minerals, as well as being able to use a Geiger counter on a few different (safe!!) radioactive rocks. There is also a small bucket of water with rocks, to test the rocks buoyancy.