Earth in Motion

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Up to 34 students per session
$145 Per Session
Two hours minimum booking
Travel fees may apply*
Grade Level(s)
4th — 8th
1 hr
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Duck and cover! In this class, students become earthquake experts, studying the tectonic forces that trigger quakes and engineering structures to withstand them. We'll also learn how those same tectonic forces work slowly over millions of years to sculpt mountains, shift continents and shape the land we live on today. Topics include plate tectonics, earthquakes and geologic time scale.

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:
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.
Interaction and Change:
Compare and contrast the changes in the surface of Earth that are due to slow and rapid processes.
Describe how friction, gravity, and magnetic forces affect objects on or near Earth.
Describe and compare types and properties of waves and explain how they interact with matter.
Explain how landforms change over time at various rates in terms of constructive and destructive forces.
Describe the processes of Earth’s geosphere and the resulting major geological events.
Analyze evidence for geologic, climatic, environmental, and life form changes over time.
Scientific Inquiry:
Summarize the results from a scientific investigation and use the results to respond to the question being tested.
Explain that scientific claims about the natural world use evidence that can be confirmed and support a logical argument.
Engineering Design:
Design, construct, and test a prototype of a possible solution to a problem using appropriate tools, materials, and resources.
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.