Chemicals are like people—no two are exactly alike! In this class, students become chemical detectives, investigating "mystery chemicals" and identifying them based on their unique properties, ranging from solubility to flammability. This chemical exploration emphasizes problem-solving techniques and laboratory safety skills. Topics include chemical reactions, changes in state, chemical safety and properties of compounds. Note: This class includes use of small open flames.
Experience an adventure in science without leaving the classroom. These programs include a general introduction to a science topic and hands-on, interactive activities.
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
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.
Describe physical and chemical properties of matter and how they can be measured.
Compare and contrast the characteristic properties of forms of energy.
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.
Explain how the Periodic Table is an organization of elements based on their physical and chemical properties.
Interaction and Change:
Describe physical changes in matter and explain how they occur.
Compare and contrast physical and chemical changes and describe how the law of conservation of mass applies to these changes.
Explain how energy is transferred, transformed, and conserved.
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.
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 and techniques to collect relevant data.