All Washed Up

When it come to busting up grease and dirt, few things work better than soap, thanks to the amazing structure of soap molecules! These molecules work by having two very different sides. One side is an oxygen (O) ion loosely hanging on to a sodium (Na) or potassium (K) ion. An ion is an electrically charged atom or group of atoms. Because this end is very similar to water molecules (H2O) it can mix well with water. The other end is a long chain of carbon and hydrocarbon (H) atoms linked together.

Why I am a Maker

Last year I jumped at the chance to have a booth at the first ever Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI. Having just published a book earlier in the spring I knew the faire would be a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the crazy projects I’d come up with and sell the book itself. This was the first time I’d done a festival so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. OMSI held a couple planning meetings for us which really helped me wrap my head around the prep work.

For the Love of Time

On a given Saturday at the museum you may encounter a group of avid tinkerers in the Turbine Hall.

The local chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC 31) has had a long relationship with OMSI. For almost two decades the group has been coming to OMSI to maintain and repair the antique Oregonian Clock in the Turbine Hall mezzanine.

Members share a love of both timekeeping and community service. Some are collectors and hobbyists; others repair clocks and watches for a living.

Playing with Senses

In Science Playground, we love to keep our senses engaged and our minds open to exploration by playing with sensory materials such as flubber and playdough. If you have been to our space at OMSI, you might have noticed that we are not the only ones interested in playing with these types of materials.

A-TAC: OMSI’s Teen Maker Movement

Build. Break. Make. Indeed. OMSI and Multnomah County Library’s Awesome Teen Advisory Council (A-TAC) demoed their inventive hearts out at Portland’s first Mini Maker Faire.

The teens used MakerBot Replicators to 3D print mustache rings and space invaders, and an EggBot to personalize ping pong balls. Let’s just say visitors to the A-TAC table did not walk away unhappy. Over 5,000 visitors came to OMSI to view the many inventions on display.

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