Oklahoma Tribal Nations Pathway Elements
As part of the process of developing a community centered pathway, we piloted several activities in collaboration with stakeholders that had the potential to become part of a longer-term sustainable pathway. Four such activities are described below.
Pilot Pathway ElementsJones Academy Choctaw Nation STEM Camp 2017 | Super Science Saturday | Jones Academy Choctaw Nation STEM Camp 2018 | BLOSSM: Bridging Local Outreach & Seismic Signal Monitoring in Oklahoma
July 10 and 17, 2017
The Oklahoma Alliance was invited to present two short 2-hour presentations in July at the Jones Academy. The Jones Academy is a Bureau of Indian Education school. Founded by the Choctaw Nation, Jones Academy serves students from 29 tribes. It is recognized as a top performing school in mathematics and reading. These presentations were held during the Jones' Academy 2-week summer STEM Camp for students entering grades 9 to 12. Dr. Jake Walter, the State Seismologist at the Oklahoma State Geological Survey and faculty member at Oklahoma University, and Norma Neely presented the activities, which were related to earthquakes and earthquake hazards.
April 21, 2018
Participants: 15 students (elementary and middle school), along with a 6-8 parents or grandparents.
SSS GeoScience Day.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 900kB Jun24 18)
June 27-28, 2018
Participants: 26 students (entering 9th-12th grade), along with 10 adult helpers
As part of the week-long STEM camp run by Jones Academy for Native American high school students, the students visited OU and OGS on June 27 and 28. As part of this experience, OGS provided a 3-hour "GeoXP" (Geology Experience) for the group. 26 students were registered (entering 9th-12th grade), along with 10 adult helpers. They visited the Sarkeys Energy Center, where OGS is housed. The group rotated through a series of five (5) stations about geology within the building. The stations included: 1) a geology lab with a working stream table and augmented reality sandbox, 2) a scavenger hunt using the museum-like displays of rocks, minerals, and fossils in the building, 3) exploring the rock, mineral, fossil kit of large hand specimens, 4) assembling and identifying samples with the GeoKIDS kit, and 5) a seismology station where kids learned about seismographs - both table top and research grade, and learned about Oklahoma's seismic network from the State Seismologist, Dr. Jake Walter. Finally, all subgroups came back together for panel discussion with geoscientists at different levels within their careers, including a graduate student, a seismic analyst, a field technician, a field geologist and petroleum geologist, an education specialist, and a research seismologist. Each individual introduced themselves, and then there was time for Q&A with the panel.
Participants: ~25 Schools/libraries/museums are hosting stations so far
This is the primary focus of the OGS's involvement in EarthConnections. It was started before the Oklahoma Regional Alliance and is funded outside of EarthConnections. The Bridging Local Outreach & Seismic Signal Monitoring (BLOSSM) in Oklahoma program is placing 100 seismographs in educational and free-choice learning institutions across the state to address the local problem of increased seismicity. This project is currently underway, in the second phase of a three-phase implementation model with regional professional development workshops for teachers being planned. This program is supported through funding from the state of Oklahoma. IRIS, our national partner, also has experience that can help BLOSSM succeed.