Altered States

Topic(s) Covered
Up to 350 people per session
$425 Per Assembly
$300 for second showing
Travel fees may apply
Grade Level(s)
K — 12th
1 hr
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Explore the unique properties of solids, liquids, gases and plasmas. Observe how materials change from one state of matter to another. The freezing, flowing and glowing phenomena in this show are guaranteed to be a hit! Topics include states of matter, molecules, energy conversions and safety. Note: This program works best in a room that can be darkened.

Assembly programs are a great way to bring classrooms together for a learning adventure.

*Travel Fees:
If you are located less than 40 miles from OMSI, there are no travel fees.
If you are located more than 40 miles from OMSI, travel fees are charged as follows:
• By scheduling a program when we’re in your area (per map), each school pays $105 per instructor per day, in addition to the program cost. No mileage is charged.
• If we make a special trip to your school (when we’re not scheduled to be in your area per map), each school is charged 55¢ per round-trip mile (subject to federal rate changes) and $105 per instructor per day, in addition to the program cost.
• Visits to areas beyond the boundaries of the map are available by request and travel fees are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

A minimum of 2 weeks' advance notice is required for all registration requests. If you have questions, please contact us at 503.797.4661 or

Standards Addressed Structure and Function:
Compare and contrast physical properties and composition of objects.
Examine characteristics and physical properties of Earth materials.
Compare and contrast the properties of states of matter.
Describe the properties of forms of energy and how objects vary in the extent to which they absorb, reflect, and conduct energy.
Compare and contrast the characteristic properties of forms of energy.
Explain how the motion and spacing of particles determines states of matter.
Describe how different types and strengths of bonds affect the physical and chemical properties of compounds.
Interaction and Change:
Describe physical changes in matter and explain how they occur.
Compare and contrast physical and chemical changes and describe how the law of conservation of mass applies to these changes.
Explain how energy is transferred, transformed, and conserved.
Describe the interactions of energy and matter including the law of conservation of energy.
Scientific Inquiry:
Make predictions about living and non-living things and events in the environment based on observed patterns.