State of the art student lab opens at Memorial Museum
Oklahoma City —
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum opened up a brand new exhibit Tuesday called the Uncover-Discover Lab. It's a one-of-a kind interactive laboratory connecting the Murrah Federal Building bombing to the lessons of the future. It is the last event commemmorating the 20th anniversary of the bombing.
The lab uses state of the art technology and is meant for middle and high school students. Interactive tables teach students lessons learned in the bombing about structural engineering and forensics. It engages students in STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Oklahoma Secretary of Education Natalie Shirley and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister attended the opening with students from Mark Twain Elementary School.
"I can imagine being able to take this to my home and teach my own children things like history. Things like English, math," said Secretary Shirley. "I can see applications for this in every subject."
The lab also has a lesson where students can build structures and test whether they can withstand disasters like bombs, tornadoes and earthquakes.
The Memorial Museum says bringing students to the lab helps teachers meet state history objectives as well as objectives focusing on STEM.