Grant Information
Sense-Sational Science is a program offered by a partnership of higher education institutions, K-12 school districts, state government agencies and non-profit institutions. Sense-Sational Science is currently offered at two locations – in Tulsa, to serve eastern Oklahoma teachers, and in Lawton, to serve western Oklahoma teachers. Both of the workshops utilize community resources to focus on Oklahoma ecosystems. The activities center on the senses and address topics like animal communication, animal/human navigation and historical use of the ecosystem. Technology in the form of ipads and this website allow teachers to document their work and access resources from the many partners. Writing, in the form of notebooking, is a key element and is used throughout the program.

The higher education partners in Sense-Sational Science are The University of Tulsa and Tulsa Community College West Campus. Tulsa Public Schools, Berryhill Public Schools and Jenks Public Schools are K-12 district partners. In Tulsa, the non-profit and government partners include Gilcrease Museum, the Linnaeus Teaching Garden, the Oklahoma Aquarium, the Oklahoma Centennial Garden, Oxley Nature Center, Philbrook Museum, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and the Tulsa Zoo. In Lawton the partners are Comanche Nation College, Hackberry Flats Nature Center, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the Lawton Fish Hatchery of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Three Rivers Foundation.

The ultimate goal of Sense-Sational Science is to provide quality professional development for elementary school teachers across the state. The objectives of the program include: (1) enhancing teachers’ knowledge of science content; (2) cultivating their ability to present interdisciplinary science lessons; (3) stimulating their enthusiasm for teaching science; (4) producing sustainable change in their instruction; and (5) enhancing the achievement of their students as measured by standardized test scores.

Evaluations of Sense-Sational Science have shown that by providing a fun, active atmosphere and by introducing ways to integrate science with other curricular areas, teachers come away with a quality experience that changes their approach to the classroom.

Sense-Sational Science is supported by a No Child Left Behind award administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.