Oklahoma Road Trip
The Little Shop of Physics visited Oakdale Public School District in Edmond, Oklahoma at the beginning of October. Unlike our typical road trips, this time we flew, and we brought with us 8 suitcases filled with 62 hands-on science experiments. Over the course of two days, we saw over 650 students grades pre-K to eight. The students truly embraced our tour theme of Discovery Begins With You.
The two-day visit included an evening program. Many of the Oakdale students who participated in Little Shop of Physics during the school day were joined by their parents, siblings and friends. It was wonderful to see some of the Oakdale students become the teachers as they shared their science knowledge with their parents.
During the school day, we were joined by Dr. Evan Lemley, Assistant Dean of University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) College of Mathematics and Science. He brought with him a team of volunteers from UCO including professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Dr. Lemley is planning on starting his own hands-on science program inspired by the Little Shop of Physics.
Many thanks are due to LaTricia Adler, an Oakdale District Parent, who originally contacted Little Shop of Physics, Paula Parrott, the Elementary School Principal of Oakdale Public School District who facilitated our visit, as well as the Oakdale Schools Foundation for generously funding our travel. Also, many thanks to the families of the Oakdale Public School District who welcomed us into their homes and made us feel like family!