Itty bitty electrons are on the move, and it's amazing what they can do! We'll explore the wacky world of electrostatics, learn how renewable technologies like wind turbines and solar cells can power our cities, and witness the awesome power of a high voltage current. Topics include electrostatics, electrical currents, renewable energy, and safety. Note: This program works best in a room that can be darkened. Unless requested otherwise, this assembly includes use of an open flame.
Assembly programs are a great way to bring classrooms together for a learning adventure.
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
Structure and Function:
Compare and contrast physical properties and composition of objects.
Describe the properties of forms of energy and how objects vary in the extent to which they absorb, reflect, and conduct energy.
Identify properties, uses, and availability of Earth materials.
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.
Describe the atomic model and explain how the types and arrangements of atoms determine the physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds.
Interaction and Change:
Examine the different ways things move.
Compare and contrast how objects and materials respond to magnetic forces.
Describe how friction, gravity, and magnetic forces affect objects on or near Earth.
Explain how the energy from the sun affects Earth’s weather and climate.
Describe the relationships between: electricity and magnetism, static and current electricity, and series and parallel electrical circuits.
Describe and evaluate the environmental and societal effects of obtaining, using, and managing waste of renewable and non-renewable resources.
Explain how energy is transferred, transformed, and conserved.
Explore questions about living and non-living things and events in the natural world.
Make predictions about living and non-living things and events in the environment based on observed patterns.
Demonstrate that designed structures have parts that work together to perform a function.
Describe an engineering design that is used to solve a problem or address a need.
Describe how recent inventions have significantly changed the way people live.
Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design using science principles.
Describe examples of how engineers have created inventions that address human needs and aspirations.
Explain how creating a new technology requires considering societal goals, costs, priorities, and trade-offs.