What makes you, you? Students use hands-on science to extract their own DNA and real forensic techniques to examine their own unique fingerprints. 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 $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
Structure and Function:
Compare and contrast characteristics among individuals within one plant or animal group.
Compare and contrast the characteristics of offspring and parents.
Compare and contrast characteristics of fossils and living organisms.
Explain that organisms are composed of parts that function together to form a living system.
Compare and contrast the types and components of cells. Describe the functions and relative complexity of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
Distinguish between inherited and learned traits, explain how inherited traits are passed from generation to generation, and describe the relationships among phenotype, genotype, chromosomes, and genes.
Describe the chemical structure of DNA and its relationship to chromosomes. Explain the role of DNA in protein synthesis.
Interaction and Change:
Describe life cycles of living things.
Compare and contrast the life cycles of plants and animals.
Describe the interactions of organisms and the environment where they live.
Explain the interdependence of plants, animals, and environment, and how adaptation influences survival.
Observe, measure, and record properties of objects and substances using simple tools to gather data and extend the senses.