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Learn about OKC bombing during spring break

Visitors to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will be able to use tablets for interactive learning activities. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
Visitors to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will be able to use tablets for interactive learning activities. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has planned a week of educational activities during spring break.

Daily events will include museum tours, STEM labs, special speakers and more.

Planned activities are scheduled at the following dates and times:

March 15

• 11 a.m. to noon: "Ground Zero Rescue Dogs and Handlers" will be presented in the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum's Center for Education & Outreach. Participants can meet and watch a demonstration of rescue dogs in action. Free stuffed rescue dogs will be given to the first 50 kids at the event. Museum admission is required.

March 16

Teachers and a guest may tour the museum for free.

• 10 to 11 a.m.: Lab Demo. Visitors may drop by for an Uncover-Discover STEM Lab demonstration and learn about the educational resources the memorial has to offer.

• 2 to 3 p.m.: The Uncover-Discover STEM Lab will feature "Structures and Waves" where families can use touchscreen tables and learn how to build structures that can withstand different types of natural and man-made disasters. (Space is limited.) The special family rate will be $13 per adult and $4 per child, which includes museum admission.

• 7 to 8 p.m.: "Better Conversations: How Can We Revolutionize Education for the Future?" will be available. Don Betz will facilitate an interactive online conversation on Zoom. Participation will be free. To register, go to MemorialMuseum.com.

March 17

• 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.: "Called2Change Augmented Reality" will be in the museum classroom. Using tablets, those attending may interact with 3D buildings, videos, overlays and more to learn about the Oklahoma City bombing, rescue and recovery efforts, and investigation and justice. Museum admission will be required.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: "National Park Service Junior Ranger Day," which will be in the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial–Children’s Area, will let visitors join "Explore. Learn. Protect." and complete a series of activities during the park visit, share answers with a park ranger and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and Junior Ranger certificate. Participation is free.

March 18

Teachers and a guest may tour the museum for free.

• 10 to 11 a.m.: Visitors may drop by for an Uncover-Discover STEM Lab demonstration and learn about the educational resources at the memorial.

• 2 to 3 p.m.: The Uncover-Discover STEM Lab will feature "Forensics" where visitors can use touchscreen tables and work individually and in teams to collect and analyze evidence critical to the prosecution of those responsible for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. The family rate, which includes museum admission, will be $13 per adult and $4 per child.

March 19

• 8 to 9:30 a.m.: "EYEwitness Tour: with Don Martin" will allow attendees to experience a morning tour of the museum led by Don Martin, who responded to the bombing as an Oklahoma City police officer. A behind-the-scenes tour of the archives will follow. Each participant will receive a 10% discount on all museum store purchases the day of the tour. The special rate for the day will be $25 per person.

Each day, Better Conversations card decks will be handed out while supplies last. The cards can be used to navigate challenging topics of discussion with family and friends.

Visitors also may participate in the "Stronger Together Augmented Reality Experience" by using their own electronic device or checking out an iPad in the museum lobby.

Parking in the Memorial Parking Garage will be free with paid museum admission. The garage is at 231 NW 6, on the corner of NW 6 and Harvey Avenue.

Timed-tickets may be reserved online at MemorialMuseum.com. A limited number of tickets are available per hour, so participants should reserve tickets online to ensure a spot.

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