Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Earth Bus Educates Students, Businesses about Environment

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Earth Bus Educates Students, Businesses about Environment

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Journal Record Staff Reporter

Omniplex Science Museum is taking its traveling minimuseum, Earth Bus, to schools and some businesses in order to educate participants on environmental topics.

Earth Bus is the newest educational outreach program from Omniplex. It features 12 interactive exhibits on the environment and conservation and is available to schools statewide to help Oklahoma students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades gain an understanding of the natural world and its resources.

The minimuseum has been made possible through the support of 18 Oklahoma companies.

"Earth Bus is a mobile extension of the museum's EnergyQuest exhibit group. With Earth Bus, we will extend the Omniplex experience beyond our museum walls to address one of the most important and complex scientific topics of the 1990s _ the preservation of our environment," said Marilyn Rippee, executive director of Omniplex.

"Our goal is to provide each and every fourth, fifth and sixth grader in Oklahoma with the scientific facts they need to make personal choices which are beneficial to the environment," she said.

Schools that Earth Bus visits will receive a book of classroom activities for studying environmental science.

"Earth Bus contains 12 hands-on exhibits designed to help visitors gain an understanding of our natural resources and an awareness that they can make a difference through their personal choices," according to a description of the exhibits.

Propelled by compressed natural gas and partially powered by solar energy, the 32-foot school bus was retrofitted for natural gas. All of the exhibits were designed and created by the Omniplex exhibit staff, who consulted with the Oklahoma Department of Education, Oklahoma Science Teachers Association and industry advisory committees to determine those areas that needed to be addressed in the exhibits.

Exhibits target areas such as populations, communities and ecosystems; human impact on water, land and air resources; energy resources and changes in energy forms; the effects of insulation materials on heating and cooling loss; the physical relationship between energy generation and consumption; and personal choices for resource conservation. …

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