Imagineering: Down With Gravity

Topic(s) Covered
Up to 34 students per session
$145 Per Session
Two hours minimum booking
Travel fees may apply*
Grade Level(s)
2nd — 5th
1 hr
A bunch of fabric balls

How slow can you go? In this gravity-defying workshop, students are challenged to reduce a falling ball to the slowest speed possible through a maze of obstacles.

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.

*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 $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 registrations. If you have questions, please contact us at 503.797.4661 or

Standards Addressed 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.
Scientific Inquiry:
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.
Explain why when a scientific investigation is repeated, similar results are expected.
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.
Engineering Design:
Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design, propose a potential solution, and design a prototype.
Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design using science principles.
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.
Using science principles, describe a solution to a need or problem given criteria and constraints.
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.