Cowabunga Chemistry

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Up to 34 students per session
$145 Per Session
Two hours minimum booking
Travel fees may apply*
Grade Level(s)
K — 5th
1 hr
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Student exploring chemical mixtures in lab

Students perform amazing chemical reactions as they measure and mix ingredients and discover substances with strange and surprising properties: polymers. Make two different slimy concoctions for big-time chemistry fun. Topics include chemical reactions, states of matter, polymers and lab procedures.

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:
K.1P.1 Compare and contrast characteristics of living and non
living things.
1.1P.1 Compare and contrast physical properties and composition of objects.
3.1P.1 Compare and contrast the properties of states of matter.
6.1P.1 Describe physical and chemical properties of matter and how they can be measured.
Interaction and Change:
Examine the different ways things move.
Describe the motion of objects when a force is applied.
Describe physical changes in matter and explain how they occur.
Scientific Inquiry:
Record observations with pictures, numbers, or written statements.
Describe why recording accurate observations is important in science.
Observe, measure, and record properties of objects and substances using simple tools to gather data and extend the senses.
Make, describe, and compare observations, and organize recorded data.
Plan a simple investigation based on a testable question, match measuring tools to their uses, and collect and record data from a scientific investigation.
Summarize the results from a scientific investigation and use the results to respond to the question being tested.
Engineering Design:
Describe an engineering design that is used to solve a problem or address a need.