Discovery Lab provides unique learning experiences, exhibits, and programming for children ages middle school and younger, their parents, caregivers, and teachers. Discovery Lab’s hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach emphasizes cognitive and process skills while extending and enriching classroom curriculum and Oklahoma Academic Standards to build on children’s interests and strengths and help prepare them for the future. All exhibits and learning experiences engage visitors in process skills including creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication and collaboration. In addition, Discovery Lab is committed to the integration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), in exhibits and experiences. Best practices embed these concepts and principles into exhibits and programs encouraging children to connect and reconnect arts and sciences in ways that make learning engaging, challenging, and fun.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE EXHIBITS VISITORS WILL FIND AT DISCOVERY LAB::
A Discovery Lab original featuring tunnels and a 30ft slide made entirely of packing tape. The innovative design, using principles of suspension bridge engineering, was developed by our staff—led by our resident physicist and Executive Director, Ray Vandiver, Ph.D. There are six layers of tape in each tunnel adding up to over 16 miles of tape! Kids of all ages, love navigating the tunnels and bridges and are inspired by them to create their own extraordinary things out of ordinary materials.
ENERGY: SPARKING SOLUTIONS
Energy: Sparking Solutions, located in the Main Hall, presents visitors with a broad look at our energy needs and resources. Visitors will tackle energy-related problems and think critically about future alternatives. From the highly-active Petroleum Pit to the more focused Molecule Construction Stations, visitors of all ages will engage in hands-on, science-based activities that promote problem solving and a better understanding of the future of energy.
The WorkShop is a do-it-yourself space where children and families can make, play, and design using “real stuff”—materials, tools, processes, and ideas. Visitors are encouraged to be curious, creative, experimental, and innovative using a variety of recycled, repurposed, and upcycled materials. On every visit to The WorkShop at Discovery Lab, you will find different activities to explore including themes like sound, electricity, robotics, 3D printing, fabric fusion, and more.
Our Featured Hall exhibit, Kid Inventor, provides visitors with the tools and inspiration to create their own invention. This exhibit features a Lego car raceway, game programing studio, and design-it-yourself building area with hardware and wood materials. Each element of the exhibit reinforces STEM concepts and encourages designing, building, testing, and improving upon one’s creation. Kid Inventor is a traveling exhibit of the Oklahoma Museum Network and will be in Discovery Lab’s Featured Hall through October 2017.
An area in the main hall has been designed especially for our youngest Discovery Lab visitors supporting developmentally based sensory play with a variety of hands-on activities including blocks, tubes, books, and gravity and balance activities. Appropriate for children on their tummies, crawling, pre-walking, and walking, the toddler area at Discovery Lab is a safe and inspirational space dedicated to small children and their families.