How does a wind turbine generate electricity? Can we use solar panels in Oregon? What makes energy renewable? Students explore energy options and draw conclusions about how we can best meet our energy needs. Topics include energy, generation of electricity, technology, engineering and Earth systems.
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.
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Structure and Function:
Describe the properties of forms of energy and how objects vary in the extent to which they absorb, reflect, and conduct energy.
Identify properties, uses, and availability of Earth materials.
Compare and contrast the characteristic properties of forms of energy.
Describe the structure, function, and composition of Earth’s atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere.
Interaction and Change:
Describe physical changes in matter and explain how they occur.
Describe how friction, gravity, and magnetic forces affect objects on or near Earth.
Explain how the energy from the sun affects Earth’s weather and climate.
Describe and compare types and properties of waves and explain how they interact with matter.
Describe and evaluate the environmental and societal effects of obtaining, using, and managing waste of renewable and non-renewable resources.
Describe the composition of Earth’s atmosphere, how it has changed over time, and implications for the future.
Evaluate natural processes and human activities that affect global environmental change and suggest and evaluate possible solutions to problems.
Explain how energy is transferred, transformed, and conserved.
Based on observations identify testable questions, design a scientific investigation, and collect and record data consistent with a planned scientific investigation.
Describe how recent inventions have significantly changed the way people live.
Design, construct, and test a prototype of a possible solution to a problem using appropriate tools, materials, and resources.
Using science principles, describe a solution to a need or problem given criteria and constraints.
Design, construct, and test a possible solution to a defined problem using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate proposed engineering design solutions to the defined problem.
Describe examples of how engineers have created inventions that address human needs and aspirations.
Define a problem that addresses a need and identify constraints that may be related to possible solutions.
Explain how creating a new technology requires considering societal goals, costs, priorities, and trade-offs.