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Chaparral Energy

Chaparral Sponsors Science Museum Field Trips for Rural Oklahoma Students

Students in numerous Oklahoma counties and public school districts have the opportunity to visit Science Museum Oklahoma for free as part of a school field trip through September thanks to two generous grants from Chaparral Energy and the Cresap Family Foundation.

Located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, Science Museum Oklahoma is the state’s only hands-on science museum and, with over 350,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation. Recognized by USA Today for its must-see exhibits, students will experience science in ways they never imagined at SMO — from larger-than-life board games, riding Segways and seeing the shocking power of a real Tesla coil to exploring NASA artifacts, the museum’s expansive gardens and art galleries, and climbing into the Mercury capsule simulator, the museum has something for everyone. 

“From unlocking the mysteries of space, to brining fossils to life, to exploring the laws of physics, the Science Museum Oklahoma brings science, engineering and math to life for kids of all ages and helps cultivate a love and curiosity about vital STEM subjects,” said Chaparral Communications Manager Brandi Wessel. “STEM plays a crucial role in virtually every industry today, especially the oil and gas industry. Chaparral is proud to partner with the Science Museum Oklahoma to provide students with an opportunity to explore the imaginative, hands-on exhibits, activities and programs that have made it one of the top science destinations in the country.”

So far during the 2018-2019 school year, Chaparral's grant has allowed 185 elementary students and their teachers to visit the Science Museum Oklahoma, including kids from Hennessey, Waukomis and Pioneer-Pleasant Vale.

Located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City, Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily general admission is $15.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $105. To apply for the grant, teachers and school administrators should visit, download the museum’s scholarship application and return the completed form to Questions may be directed to SMO’s Guest Relations department at 405-602-3760.