Electrifying activities get students charged! Students study the nature of electricity by engineering circuits using generators, batteries, bulbs, motors and more. Topics include generation and transmission of electricity, safety, conductivity and circuits.
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 the properties of states of matter.
Describe the properties of forms of energy and how objects vary in the extent to which they absorb, reflect, and conduct energy.
Compare and contrast the characteristic properties of forms of energy.
Explain that all matter is made of atoms, elements are composed of a single kind of atom, and compounds are composed of two or more different elements.
Interaction and Change:
Describe the relationships between: electricity and magnetism, static and current electricity, and series and parallel electrical circuits.
Make, describe, and compare observations, and organize recorded data.
Work with a team to complete a designed structure that can be shared with others.
Describe an engineering design that is used to solve a problem or address a need.
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.