Take your students on a wild ride with this workshop that lets them design and test their own marble coaster, complete with loops and jumps.
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.
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
Interaction and Change:
Describe how friction, gravity, and magnetic forces affect objects on or near Earth.
Identify and describe types of motion and forces and relate forces qualitatively to the laws of motion and gravitation.
Explain how energy is transferred, transformed, and conserved.
Work with a team to complete a designed structure that can be shared with others.
Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design, propose a potential solution, and design a prototype.
Design, construct, and test a prototype of a possible solution to a problem using appropriate tools, materials, and resources.
Explain how the solution to one problem may create other problems.
Design and build a prototype of a proposed engineering solution and identify factors such as cost, safety, appearance, environmental impact, and what will happen if the solution fails.
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.
Design, construct, and test a possible solution using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate proposed solutions to identify how design constraints are addressed.
Design, construct, and test a proposed solution and collect relevant data. Evaluate a proposed solution in terms of design and performance criteria, constraints, priorities, and trade-offs. Identify possible design improvements.