Chemistry Lab: Mixing It Up - Experiments in Chemistry

At the Museum
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Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10am or 11:15am
Groups of 6-16 students
$70 Per Session
This program must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 8th
1 hr
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Students exploring chemistry

Students complete up to six hands-on experiments, view exciting demonstrations and have their questions answered by an OMSI educator in a personalized setting. Choose from the following nine themes when you register.

Nature of Matter: Explore how atoms and molecules pack together to make up matter, the “stuff” of the universe, with fizzing solutions, DIY batteries, starch slime and more.

Chemical Reactions: Uncover color changes, heat flashes, eerie glows, and other signs of chemical reactions.

Biochemistry: Everything alive uses chemistry to function. Learn the properties of organic chemicals by extracting scents, changing the colors of plants, and creating seaweed goo.

Environmental Chemistry: Scientists are in a race to protect the Earth. Explore the chemistry of water, land, and air.

Industrial Chemistry: Engineers and industrial chemists study materials and put them to work in many uses, including plastics, fireworks, rocket fuels and more.

Chemistry of Toys: Even the things you play with use chemistry. Learn about the science behind color-changing markers, photo paper, and slime.

Crime Scene Chemistry: Learn how forensic scientists investigate clues left at a crime scene with blood typing, dusting for fingerprints, and chromatography.

Everyday Chemistry: Everyday chemical processes are revealed through experiments with household materials.

Nanochemistry: Explore how things behave when they get really, really, really small and learn about the tools we use to detect them.

Chemistry of Food: Find out what ingredient in orange juice keeps you healthy, what happens to artifical sweeteners in your body, and what "fortified" really means as you investigate what you eat.

This program takes place in the Chemistry Lab in the Turbine Exhibit Hall. Combine this program with a field trip to the museum.

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 the properties of states of matter.
Describe physical and chemical properties of matter and how they can be measured.
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 physical changes in matter and explain how they occur.
Scientific Inquiry:
Use the data collected from a scientific investigation to explain the results and draw conclusions.
Summarize the results from a scientific investigation and use the results to respond to the question being tested.