Imagineering: Float Your Boat

Topic(s) Covered
PreK: Up to 24 students
K-1: Up to 34 students

Appropriate for students aged 4 through 1st grade.
$145 Per Session
Two hours minimum booking
Travel fees may apply*
Grade Level(s)
PreK — 1st
1 hr
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Random items sinking in water

Young engineers will experiment with sinking and floating objects, then use their new knowledge to solve creative challenges.

OMSI's Imagineering programs are hands-on, inquiry-based workshops in which students use the engineering design process to solve exciting challenges through design and testing. To help teachers with the Oregon State Science Standards in engineering and design, OMSI can provide an engineering handbook for an additional charge of $25. This easy-to-use handbook features seven activities for your class and is designed for a teacher on a budget.

Experience an adventure in science without leaving the classroom. These programs include a general introduction to a science topic and hands-on, interactive activities.

*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 characteristics of living and non-living things.
Compare and contrast physical properties and composition of objects.
Examine characteristics and physical properties of Earth materials.
Interaction and Change:
Examine the different ways things move.
Scientific Inquiry:
Explore questions about living and non-living things and events in the natural world.
Make observations about 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.
Engineering Design:
Create structures using natural or designed materials and simple tools.
Identify basic tools used in engineering design.
Demonstrate that designed structures have parts that work together to perform a function.
Show how tools are used to complete tasks every day.