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Things To Do At OU...

From world-class museums including the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, to the Engineering Experience, Ropes Courses, The National Weather Center, sports history and so much more, OU offers activities for every member of your family.  A special day of college awareness can also be custom-coordinated for your elementary or middle school group.

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Engineering Experience

aSchool Groups:

Jackie Foos
jfoos@ou.edu

(405) 325-3445

Grades K-12, 60 students, maximum group size

Please allow at least two weeks' notice.

The newest and one of the most popular offerings to school groups on the OU campus, is the "Engineering Experience" in the College of Engineering. Designed to engage youngsters with a window into college life, and spark their interest in engineering, science and math as viable career paths.

Your students will interact with OU Engineering students and staff in hands-on activities and experiments, opportunities to meet members of competitive engineering teams and student organizations, and a tour with brief information session of the College of Engineering.  90 min. to half-day experiences are available.  The more time you have, the more fun elements can be scheduled.

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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

(405) 325-4712

School Groups: (405) 325-4712 or (405) 325-1008
education@snomnh.ou.edu
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Over 4 billion years of Oklahoma's natural history can be seen in a 198,000 square foot facility. Five galleries feature thousands of artifacts in 50,000 sqaure feet of spectacular exhibit space. Visitors can immerse themselves in the fascinating natural and cultural history of Oklahoma...from the world's largest Apatosaurus (formerly, Brontosaurus), to the oldest painted object in North America.

The education department offers classroom programs and Discovery Room sessions for school groups. Each program is grade appropriate, natural history-based and developed to meet Oklahoma state PASS Objectives. All programs require reservations at least two weeks in advance.

The Discovery Room is a place to explore artifacts and scientific specimens in a hands-on, interactive environment. Visitors can participate in activities, observations and games that focus on understanding natural history, archaeology, fossils, geology and Oklahoam's natural resources. The museum offers a variety of ongoing programs in the Discovery Room, free with museum admission.

Learn more about educational and field trip programs.

Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

(405) 325-3272
School Groups: (405) 325-5990

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The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art houses not-to-be missed permanent collections and visiting exhibits. This world-class art museum also offers a wide range of programs for adults, children, families, students and teachers. All of the programs are offered free of charge.

Admission is FREE!

Learn more about education and field trip programs

National Weather Center

National Weather Center

(405)  325-3095
Allow 1 - 1.5 hours
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**NOTE** All tours require a reservation due to scheduling and security guidelines.  Please understand that if you visit without a confirmed reservation, you will be asked to visit on a different date.

School tours typically last 1.5 hours and consist of a presentation and video about the science conducted at the National Severe Storms Lab along with a visit to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center and Norman National Weather Service Forecast Office.  Classes focusing on science are preferred guests. 

Public tours include visits to OU's School of Meteorology, the NWC Roof Top Observatory, classroom and laboratory facilities, as well as NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, the National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office, and the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

Learn more about tours

 

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Barry Switzer Center/Legends Lobby

(405) 325-2345
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Guided group tours can be arranged at least two weeks in advance. Call directly for availability.


The Barry Switzer Center, one of college football's great shrines, is named after OU's all-time winningest head football coach, who led his Sooner teams to three national championships, 12 Big Eight Conference championships and eight bowl wins in 13 appearances.

Located at the south end of the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Switzer Center also houses football offices, the football locker room, equipment room, the 13,000-square-foot Siegfried Strength and Conditioning Complex, the 8,000-sqaure-foot Freede Sports Medicine Center and the 7,000-square-foot Touchdown Club Legends Lobby.

Outside the building is the Anderson All-American Plaza that serves the university as an outdoor site for special events. The plaza's feature attraction is a large wall honoring every OU All-American to wear the crimson and cream. The name of every letter winner from each OU sport is also displayed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

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Book through OU Visitor Center

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Grades 3-12, 60 Students maximum group size

Please allow at least two weeks' notice.

Join the rock stars of Pick & Hammer, the official OU Student Organization of the School of Geology and Geophysics, as they explore the geosciences.

School Groups will learn about aspects of the geosciences including the rock cycle, rock and mineral identification, geophysics, energy resources, and more!  We hope to inspire students to study and learn about the world around them and consider careers in the geosciences

Activities include a mineral scavenger hunt, cupcake coring, seismic activities, and related experiences. (possible lab visits for high school groups, depending on professor availability)

Up to 90 min experiences available

 

 

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University of Oklahoma Ropes Course

(405) 325-0464
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Please call us directly for fees and availability, and allow two weeks' notice. Can accommodate up to 200 on the ground & low courses.

3 Courses:

  • Ground - games & activities(team building)
  • Low - 2” to 3-4’ off the ground
  • High - 30-40’ off the ground

Highly active and interactive, experience-based learning courses and activities are energizing, confidence-building, trust-enhancing, and mentally challenging.

Activities are designed to be within the capability of anyone in reasonably good health. Although they can be physically demanding at times, they are not military style and do not require unusual endurance. Activities are accessible to include participants of all physical abilities.