A year in the making, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum opened the state of the art Uncover-Discover Lab on Tuesday. This is the last event commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995. The Inasmuch Foundation Uncover-Discover Lab is an academic experience geared toward middle and high school students – a generation not yet alive when the bombing occurred.
“From one of Oklahoma’s darkest moments has risen a place where light is now being brought by education and learning. This is a state of the art museum technology lab focusing on lessons learned in the Oklahoma City bombing … Hands on learning opportunities, such as these at the Museum, show children and young adults how STEM can be interesting, fun and practical,” said Natalie Shirley, Oklahoma Secretary of Education.
This unique and one of a kind learning experience will engage students in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Hands on, interactive experiences will teach lessons learned from the bombing including structural engineering and forensics and make them relevant to students today.
Surrounded by 5th graders from Mark Twain Elementary School, Oklahoma State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister asked the students to “Soak up as much of these lessons as you can because it’s going to be so incredible what you learn here … The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has made it possible for all the 688,000 children of Oklahoma to have a new lab to come to and learn in for STEM education.”
The 45 minute program is free with Museum admission but space is limited and reservations are required. In addition to meeting history state objectives, middle and high school teachers from all disciplines are encouraged to bring their students to meet state objectives focusing on STEM.