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Hartshorne GEAR UP students tour OSU-IT and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum

4/23/2014

WILBURTON, OK (April 28, 2014) – Hartshorne ninth grade GEAR UP students recently traveled to Okmulgee to tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and to Tulsa to tour the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium.

Students selected one area to tour at OSU–IT. Choices were Visual Communications (Graphic Design, 3D Modeling and Animation, and Photography), Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Institute, and the School of Culinary Arts. OSU–IT students led the GEAR UP visitors on the tours.

After lunch, students traveled to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. Students viewed the museum’s F–14 Tomcat which could fly nearly 1,600 miles per hour and was the type of aircraft used in the movie “Top Gun;” the Bell 47K/HTL–7 Helicopter, the first factory–built instrument trainer helicopter for the US; XTC (Ecstasy) was manufactured in Jenks, OK; an Engines Exhibit which included an 18 cylinder radial engine; the Schleicher Ka–6E sailplane, a 1967 model built in Germany; a Spartan NP–1, the most numerous aircraft built by the Spartan Company during its 30-year existence (and built in Tulsa in 1941); and the Ranger 2000, built by Rockwell International for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training competition.

Students also saw a replica of the McIntyre Hangar which allows visitors to learn about the Early Birds of Tulsa aviation; the Spartan C–2, an effort to create a less expensive aircraft that might sell during the Great Depression; the Viper F–16 wind tunnel that students could sit in the cockpit and operate a 6 foot long model F–16 inside the tunnel; a Survivors Exhibit which included stores of Pearl Harbor survivors and what they were doing on that fateful day, December 7, 1941; an American Airlines Exhibit; a recreation of the Tulsa Municipal Airport terminal that was built in 1932; and the Star Cavalier, which was created for the early oil men.

GEAR UP students then ventured to the James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium to view “STARS,” a dramatic program that features the voice talent of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day! Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive powers of stars.

The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and one that is cultural or educational in nature.

In 2011, Eastern received a seven–year, $12.6 million federal GEAR UP grant and is in its third year of implementation.


Hartshorne 9th grade students wait at the Planetarium to see the STARS during the GEAR UP field trip to the Tulsa Air & Space Museum.


Hartshorne 9th grade students Nathan Ranallo and Bethany Bedford explore the Viper F–16 wind tunnel during the GEAR UP field trip to the Tulsa Air & Space Museum.


Hartshorne 9th grade students tour the Tulsa Air & Space Museum during the GEAR UP field trip.


Hartshorne 9th grade students Matt Cassada, Kyle Brown, and Tanner Henry enjoying the Tulsa Air & Space Museum GEAR UP field trip.


Hartshorne 9th grade students play around with a propeller at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum during a GEAR UP field trip.

Hartshorne 9th grade students listen intently as they tour the Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Institute as they toured OSU–IT during a GEAR UP field trip.

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