As they piece together the evidence of a crime scene, students see firsthand how fingerprints, footprints and fibers can help catch a criminal. Topics include forensic science, evidence analysis and analytical thinking.
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:
Compare and contrast characteristics of living and non-living things.
Compare and contrast physical properties and composition of objects.
Compare and contrast characteristics among individuals within one plant or animal group.
Compare and contrast characteristics of fossils and living organisms.
Explore questions about living and non-living things and events in the natural world.
Identify and use tools to make careful observations and answer questions about the natural world.
Record observations with pictures, numbers, or written statements.
Make, describe, and compare observations, and organize recorded data.
Use the data collected from a scientific investigation to explain the results and draw conclusions.
Summarize the results from a scientific investigation and use the results to respond to the question being tested.
Explain that scientific claims about the natural world use evidence that can be confirmed and support a logical argument.
Explain the reasons why similar investigations may have different results.
Describe an engineering design that is used to solve a problem or address a need.