Students build paper rockets and launch them with a high-powered air compressor, examining the effects of changing variables on their rockets' flight.
OMSI's Imagineering programs are hands-on, inquiry-based workshops in which students use the engineering design process to solve exciting challenges through design and testing. To help teachers with the Oregon State Science Standards in engineering and design, OMSI can provide an engineering handbook for an additional charge of $25. This easy-to-use handbook features seven activities for your class and is designed for a teacher on a budget.
Experience an adventure in science without leaving the classroom. These programs include a general introduction to a science topic and hands-on, interactive activities.
Room requirements: A large room, such as a multipurpose room or gym.
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
Interaction and Change:
Describe how forces cause changes in an object’s position, motion, and speed.
Describe how friction, gravity, and magnetic forces affect objects on or near Earth.
Plan a simple investigation based on a testable question, match measuring tools to their uses, and collect and record data from a scientific investigation.
Use the data collected from a scientific investigation to explain the results and draw conclusions.
Based on observations identify testable questions, design a scientific investigation, and collect and record data consistent with a planned scientific investigation.
Summarize the results from a scientific investigation and use the results to respond to the question being tested.
Based on observations and science principles, identify questions that can be tested, design an experiment or investigation, and identify appropriate tools. Collect and record multiple observations while conducting investigations or experiments to test a scientific question or hypothesis.
Explain the reasons why similar investigations may have different results.
Based on observations and science principles, propose questions or hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigation. Design and conduct an investigation that uses appropriate tools and techniques to collect relevant data.
Explain why if more than one variable changes at the same time in an investigation, the outcome of the investigation may not be clearly attributable to any one variable.
Evaluate the validity of scientific explanations and conclusions based on the amount and quality of the evidence cited.
Based on observations and science principles, propose questions or hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigation. Design and conduct a scientific investigation that uses appropriate tools, techniques, independent and dependent variables, and controls to collect relevant data.
Design, construct, and test a prototype of a possible solution to a problem using appropriate tools, materials, and resources.
Explain how the solution to one problem may create other problems.
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.
Design, construct, and test a possible solution using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate proposed solutions to identify how design constraints are addressed.
Design, construct, and test a proposed solution and collect relevant data. Evaluate a proposed solution in terms of design and performance criteria, constraints, priorities, and trade-offs. Identify possible design improvements.