Programs for Educators

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A New Bridge in Town!

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Engineering
Grade Level(s)
2nd — 8th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Learn about the new cable-stayed bridge TriMet is building over the Willamette River just steps from OMSI.

Hawthorne bridge

All About Earthquakes

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Geology
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 12th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Find out why earthquakes happen, where they happen, and why some are devastating while others are barely felt.

earthquake

Be a Naturalist!

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Biology, Zoology
Grade Level(s)
P & K
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Children practice science process skills including observing and drawing, taking weights and measurements, and investigating specimens from the natural world.

Magnifying glass, yellow daisy and butterfly on top of open book

Become an Astrogeologist

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Astronomy, Geology
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 8th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Travel the solar system with OMSI educators and compare the geologic features of Earth to our cosmic neighbors.

Galaxy in space

Birds Can Fly, Why Can't I?

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Zoology
Grade Level(s)
K — 2nd
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Discover clues about bird adaptations through an interactive exploration of real bird parts.

Owl

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Location
At the Museum
Format
Planetarium Shows
Topic(s) Covered
Astronomy
Grade Level(s)
4th — 12th & Adult
Duration
25 min
Cost
$3 Per Person

Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science and Einstein’s theories provide the most complete picture yet of this mysterious phenomenon.

Black hole

Bridges

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Engineering
Grade Level(s)
K — 8th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Students work in small groups using common materials to build a bridge that meets certain criteria.

bridge

Bugs and Butterflies

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Biology
Grade Level(s)
P & K
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

In this basic introduction to live insects and scientific investigation, students learn about the unique features of insects and how scientists study them.

Magnifying glass, yellow daisy and butterfly on top of open book

Chirpie's Magical Sky

Location
At the Museum
Format
Planetarium Shows
Topic(s) Covered
Astronomy
Grade Level(s)
P & K
Duration
15 min
Cost
$3 Per Person

Join Chirpie, a friendly bird, on a three-dimensional journey through the four seasons.

Telescope against night sky

Climate and Carbon

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Climatology, Meteorology
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 8th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Learn about the importance of climate and carbon while looking at the scientific evidence behind climate change.

Image of earth from space

Destination: Station

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Astronomy
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 8th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Students will “travel” to the International Space Station (ISS) to see what a day in the life of an astronaut is like.

Astronaut in space above Earth

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Location
At the Museum
Format
Museum Explorations
Topic(s) Covered
Paleontology
Grade Level(s)
P & K — 12th & Adult
Duration
1 hr
Cost
$6 Per Student for School Groups

This featured exhibit is on view May 23 - September 2, 2014.

The story of the connection between dinosaurs and modern day birds unfolds through this stunning display of feathered animatronic dinosaurs and fossils.

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Dissection - Cow Eye

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Biology, Zoology
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 12th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Students work in groups of three to explore the tissues of the eye while learning how they work together to allow for sight.

Young student looking through a microscope

Dissection - Frog

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Biology, Zoology
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 12th
Duration
1.5 hrs
Cost
$8 Per Student

This lab is an extended comparative anatomy dissection with students working in groups of three.

Young student looking through a microscope

Dissection - Squid

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Biology, Zoology
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 12th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Focus on the importance of structure and function while examining squid anatomy.

Young student looking through a microscope.

Dive! The Science of Submarines

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Engineering, Physics
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 8th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Learn the basics of density and buoyancy through a series of hands-on engineering challenges.

Submarine diving under water

DNA Demystified

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Genetics, Human Biology
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 8th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

While participating in a hands-on DNA extraction from plants and animals, students learn the basic structure and function of DNA.

DNA strand under microscope

Electricity and Magnetism

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Physics
Grade Level(s)
2nd — 8th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible by looking at magnets, motors and generators.

Electrical storm

Extreme Planets

Location
At the Museum
Format
Planetarium Shows
Topic(s) Covered
Astronomy
Grade Level(s)
4th — 12th & Adult
Duration
25 min
Cost
$3 Per Person

Visit a world where liquid rock breaks against a pitch-black shoreline of molten lava, and explore a place where a burnt-out sun spins madly above a lonely planet.

Saturn and other planets

Extreme Planets - Extended

Location
At the Museum
Format
Planetarium Shows
Topic(s) Covered
Astronomy
Grade Level(s)
4th — 12th & Adult
Duration
45 min
Cost
$3 Per Person

Visit a world where liquid rock breaks against a pitch-black shoreline of molten lava, and explore a place where a burnt-out sun spins madly above a lonely planet.

Saturn and other planets

Fabulous Fossils

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Paleontology
Grade Level(s)
K — 5th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Handle an assortment of rocks and fossils to figure out how to identify and define fossils.

T-rex fossils

Family Science Night

Location
At the Museum
Format
Family Engagements
Topic(s) Covered
All Topics
Grade Level(s)
P & K — 8th
Duration
2 hrs
Cost
$2000 Per Event*

Family Science Nights offer a unique experience for your school’s families and teachers to visit the museum and spark lifelong interest in science.

Young girl exploring science demo at OMSI

Fitness

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Human Biology
Grade Level(s)
3rd — 8th
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Test fitness, endurance and strength in this engaging lab about human physiology.

Woman riding bicycle outdoors

Flight of the Butterflies 3D

Location
At the Museum
Format
Films
Topic(s) Covered
Biology
Grade Level(s)
K — 12th & Adult
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Person for School Groups

A scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly which makes one of the longest migrations on Earth.

A lot butterflies in air against a mountain setting.

For Little Chemists

Location
At the Museum
Format
Classes
Topic(s) Covered
Chemistry
Grade Level(s)
K — 2nd
Duration
50 min
Cost
$5 Per Student

Fire your students’ imaginations with the wonders of chemistry! OMSI educators demonstrate fountains of foam, fast-freezing solutions, mysterious color changes and bubbling gases with the help of your class. Specially designed for non-readers.

Young girl exploring chemistry