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Six museums in Oklahoma — three of them rural — have joined spaces and energies to interest children in science. With $7.23 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, based in Las Vegas, the Oklahoma Museum Network is dedicated to expanding science literacy.

The network’s president Sherry Marshall explained, “We’re coming together to provide things like the very best teacher professional development in inquiry science, provide new experiences at the museums for the community and to really reach out to the rural areas of Oklahoma and provide the teachers and students at those schools opportunities that they might not have had before because of their location.”

A new set of interactive displays opened last Wednesday at the six spaces: Extreme Machines at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City (shown above); Imagination Station at Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton; Weather Works at Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse in Enid; 3-2-1 Blast at Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium; and Eureka at Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole. The exhibits will rotate among the participating museums every six months.

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