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Classroom Programs

Short Earth Science programs, delivered by OGS educators

GeoKIDS

Rock, mineral, and fossil kits for each student to keep

MinKIDS

 

50-sample mineral kits available to borrow for up to 3 weeks. Includes activities for preK-8th graders

BLOSSM in Oklahoma

Seismographs in schools project

 

Visit from a Geologist

Request a classroom visit - see below for available topics and speakers from OGS and OU

GeoBooks

Traveling Earth Science library

 

GeoXP

A 2-hour geology experience (tour) of the Sarkeys Energy Center

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Other Resources for Teachers

BLOSSM in Oklahoma

Bridging Local Outreach & Seismic Signal Monitoring


BLOSSM is a geoscience outreach program which is placing 100 seismographs, called Raspberry Shakes, into K-16 educational institutions, and public learning spaces such as museums and libraries. Our goal is to promote integrated curriculum opportunities through the use of this educational technology, while expanding our seismic network.

We are currently in the Regional Rollout (phase 2) of a Three-Phase Rollout Plan. During the Pilot, we deployed 10 units. During Phase 2, the Regional Rollout, we will deploy an additional 30 units. During Phase 3, the Statewide Rollout, we will deploy the remaining 60 units.

We will support participants in BLOSSM through mini-workshops to provide time for teachers to work with one another, and to have time with our seismic analysts and curriculum experts.

If you're interested in being part of the BLOSSM project, you can complete the short application form here: http://bit.ly/BLOSSM. Please contact Molly Yunker with any questions!

BLOSSM in the News!

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Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Kit

A traveling kit with museum-quality rock, mineral, and fossil specimens

Rock, Mineral, Fossil Kit

This Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collection (RMF) was generously provided to the Oklahoma Geological Survey by the Oklahoma Geological Foundation, whose mission is to further geoscience education efforts within Oklahoma.

The RMF Collection is meant to travel to schools, classrooms, museums, and public spaces to expose children of all ages to geology phenomena. The specimens are quite large (note the highlighter for scale in the center of the image above) and are meant to be handled. There's not a "No Touching" policy with this collection. Instead, we encourage touching, feeling, making observations, and asking questions.

I'd like to work together with educators of all types (scout leaders, homeschoolers, teachers, and informal educators, etc.) to develop a program, lesson, or curriculum to accompany the RMF Collection. This can be adapted to your students' needs/level/content.

If you'd like to request a visit from the Traveling RMF Collection to your classroom, please contact Molly Yunker. In addition, if you'd like to apply for a collection of your own from the Oklahoma Geological Foundation (OGF), you can fill out an application at their website

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Classroom Programs


OGS Geologists can lead short programs to engage children and adults of all ages in Earth Science at libraries or in classrooms. We can read stories with STEM themes to children, organize rock, mineral, and fossil activities, and discuss issues relevant to Oklahoma. Contact Molly Yunker for more information.

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Booth for Outreach Events

The Oklahoma Geological Survey will staff a booth at outreach and public events

Women in Science conference, Tulsa, OK

The Oklahoma Geological Survey has setup tables at many different events in the state, including Gem & Mineral Shows, conferences, science outreach days at museums, STEM Summits, and more. If you'd like to have a table with information and/or activities hosted by the Oklahoma Geological Survey, please contact Molly Yunker.

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GeoXP - A Geology Experience Tour of Sarkeys Energy Center

The Pick & Hammer Club, along with OGS can lead your group on a Geology tour of SEC


We offer a 2-hour tour of the Sarkeys Energy Center (SEC) - an engaging and educational Geology Experience! We have developed a station-based tour, so we'll split your group up into four smaller groups, and each group will rotate through each of the four stations.

The four stations include:

  • Augmented Reality Sandbox and Streamtable
  • Rock & Mineral Display Cases and Scavenger Hunt
  • Raspberry Shake Seismograph and Seismicity in Oklahoma
  • Hands-on Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils

If you're interested in bringing a group for an education Geology Experience co-hosted by Pick & Hammer, and the Oklahoma Geological Survey, please contact Molly Yunker.

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OPIC Teacher Resource Room

Visit the Oklahoma Petroleum Information Center teacher resource room to get materials for your classroom

Teacher kit

OPIC is a 192,000 square foot warehouse that holds core samples, well logs, reports, literature, and other resources about Oklahoma's petroleum exploration. In addition to these resources, OPIC houses a resource room with rock, mineral, and fossil specimens available for teachers and educators in Oklahoma. If you're interested in visiting OPIC to collect resources for your classroom, please contact Molly Yunker to setup an appointment.

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Visit from a Geologist

An OGS or OU geologist can visit your classroom or school to meet with your students

Dr. Jake Walter visits a classroom

The Oklahoma Geological Survey along with the University of Oklahoma have many Geoscientists that can visit your classroom (as of January 2021, virtual visits only) to chat with your students, or engage with students through a school-wide assembly (only certain scientists... inquire below)! If you're covering an Earth Science topic, or you're interested in exposing students to careers in the geosciences, please contact Molly Yunker to connect with any of the people below and setup a virtual visit. Available to grades K-12 and informal learning groups (libraries, scouts, homeschools, etc.).

Geoscientist Topics and Expertise
Molly YunkerID samples, geoscience careers, general Earth Science, resources for teachers
Jake WalterEarthquakes, plate tectonics, induced seismicity, polar research in Antarctica
Netra RegmiGeomorphology, tectonics, hazards (landslides, erosion, dust), mapping activities
Abbas SeyedolaliPetroleum geology, sources of oil and gas, reading the rock record, field geology, subsurface geology, impact structures, geoscience careers
Richie TarverGeoarchaeology, Oklahoma chert, stone tool industry of first peoples, prehistory
Nick HaymanGeophysics for studying the deep Earth, geologic time, composition of the Earth and solar system, petroleum resources, carbon, climate
Fnu (Ming) SuriaminPetroleum geology, drilling (rigs, logging), subsurface and field geology, mapping, Google Earth, virtual field trips, geology cartoons and comics
Catalin TeodoriuPetroleum engineering, hands on experiments, drilling wells, drilling rigs, pumping oil, 
Lynn SoreghanEarth's climate, deep time, climate change, glaciation, effects of dust in Earth's atmosphere
Kato DeeHydrology, climate change, environmental chemistry, water quality, water chemistry, environmental toxicology
Andy Elwood MaddenMinerals in our daily lives, nanoscience and technology, microscopy and materials analysis, environmental science and energy/mineral/water resources
Barry WeaverVolcanoes, volcanic hazards, natural hazards
Lee KrumholzMicrobiology, how bacteria help us
Xiaowei ChenNatural disasters, volcanoes, earthquakes, Earth's inner structure, geophysics and space objects, environmental seismology
Shannon DulinMagnetism, climate, weather, Native stories/lore about science, Earth history
Junle JiangComputer simulations of natural hazards, remote-sensing
Mike SoreghanClimate change, Geology of Oklahoma, learning from sediment in rivers and lakes

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Teacher Professional Development Workshops

OGS can provide professional development experiences

We can customize a professional development experience for your group of K-12 teachers. Dr. Molly Yunker, the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the OGS has a Ph.D. in Science Education, and can host a workshop to help Earth Science teachers align content to the Oklahoma Academic Science Standards. We can develop an engaging and inquiry-based workshop experience, using various resources within our community. Please contact Molly Yunker for more information or to discuss your workshop needs.

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GeoBooks

A Traveling Earth Science Library


We received funding from the Oklahoma Geological Foundation to assemble a traveling Earth Science library. This library consists of about 75 books for various age levels from 5-13 (K-8th grade), that will be delivered right to your classroom for up to three weeks. Ideally, the GeoBooks library will be delivered during the time that you are working on an Earth Science unit with your students. The library can serve as a wonderful reference, and can engage and inspire students to ask questions and explore new topics.

The GeoBooks Library travels around the state. If you're interested in reserving a time for the library to visit your classroom, please contact Molly Yunker.

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GeoKIDS - A rock collection your students can take home!

Geology Explorers in Oklahoma – Kids Investigating & Doing Science

GeoKIDS collection

We have received funding from the Oklahoma Geological Foundation to distribute starter rock collection kits to each student in your classroom! The collection consists of a baggie holding about 9 rock, mineral, and fossil specimens. The best part is your students will be able to keep their own collection. If you're interested, we can setup a visit to your classroom, work with the Rock, Mineral, and Fossil kit described above (large specimens for students to engage with), and then hand out the GeoKIDS collections for each student to explore and take home. We can work together to develop a short lesson to accompany this visit if you'd like, or you can develop your own activity! We can customize a visit to your classroom to fit your needs! Consider requesting a visit from the GeoBooks traveling library at the same time...

If you're interested in participating in GeoKIDS, please contact Molly Yunker.

If you've received a GeoKIDS kit and you're trying to identify the treasures in your collection, please see below!

"Many a young chap has told me that his thoughts were first turned toward geology and higher education by the collection of rocks sent from the Survey to his high school." 

-Charles Gould, the father of Oklahoma Geology

(from an unpublished book in the Charles Newton Gould collection "Geological work in Oklahoma which can be found in the Western History Collection at OU.)

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