Food is fuel! Food provides the energy, measured in calories, that our bodies need to function. In this class, students will burn calories (literally!) using controlled flames and authentic scientific procedures to measure the energy content of various foods. Topics include nutrition, health, chemistry, mathematics and lab safety. Note: This class includes use of small open flames.
Experience an adventure in science without leaving the classroom. These programs include a general introduction to a science topic and hands-on, interactive activities.
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 $95 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 $95 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
Structure and Function:
Describe physical and chemical properties of matter and how they can be measured.
Compare and contrast the characteristic properties of forms of energy.
Interaction and Change:
Explain the processes by which plants and animals obtain energy and materials for growth and metabolism.
Explain how energy is transferred, transformed, and conserved.
Explain how chemical reactions result from the making and breaking of bonds in a process that absorbs or releases energy. Explain how different factors can affect the rate of a chemical reaction.
Explain how physical and chemical changes demonstrate the law of conservation of mass.
Describe the interactions of energy and matter including the law of conservation of energy.
Based on observations and science principles, identify questions that can be tested, design an experiment or investigation, and identify appropriate tools. Collect and record multiple observations while conducting investigations or experiments to test a scientific question or hypothesis.
Identify patterns in data that support a reasonable explanation for the results of an investigation or experiment and communicate findings using graphs, charts, maps, models, and oral and written reports.
Explain the reasons why similar investigations may have different results.
Based on observations and science principles, propose questions or hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigation. Design and conduct an investigation that uses appropriate tools and techniques to collect relevant data.
Organize and display relevant data, construct an evidence-based explanation of the results of an investigation, and communicate the conclusions.
Explain why if more than one variable changes at the same time in an investigation, the outcome of the investigation may not be clearly attributable to any one variable.
Based on observations and science principles, propose questions or hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigation. Design and conduct a scientific investigation that uses appropriate tools and techniques to collect relevant data.
Organize, display, and analyze relevant data, construct an evidence-based explanation of the results of an investigation, and communicate the conclusions including possible sources of error.
Evaluate the validity of scientific explanations and conclusions based on the amount and quality of the evidence cited.
Based on observations and science principles, propose questions or hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigation. Design and conduct a scientific investigation that uses appropriate tools, techniques, independent and dependent variables, and controls to collect relevant data.
Organize, display, and analyze relevant data, construct an evidence-based explanation of the results of a scientific investigation, and communicate the conclusions including possible sources of error. Suggest new investigations based on analysis of results.
Based on observations and science principles, formulate a question or hypothesis that can be investigated through the collection and analysis of relevant information.
Design and conduct a controlled experiment, field study, or other investigation to make systematic observations about the natural world, including the collection of sufficient and appropriate data.
Analyze data and identify uncertainties. Draw a valid conclusion, explain how it is supported by the evidence, and communicate the findings of a scientific investigation.
Using science principles describe a solution to a need or problem given criteria and constraints.
Define a problem that addresses a need and identify constraints that may be related to possible solutions.
Design, construct, and test a possible solution using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate the proposed solutions to identify how design constraints are addressed.
Analyze data, identify uncertainties, and display data so that the implications for the solution being tested are clear.