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 Grave Threat

Please like me! I’m furry, eat pesky mosquitos, and help make Tequila. And you like movies about me. OMSI has one playing right now, The Dark Knight Rises in the OMNIMAX.

What am I? I’m a bat. Me and my buddies eat millions of insects every night. Some of us pollinate delicious plants like bananas, mangoes and agave (the plant we get Tequila from).

Big Brown Bat 

From Sci-fi to Science

Traveling through space using warp drive has been a fascination since the late 60’s with the advent of Star Trek. News last month about the feasibility of warp drive captivated trekkies and physicists alike. I have always admired Gene Roddenberry who created the Star Trek TV series in 1966. Not only did he produce and advise on the Star Trek shows and movies, he was also highly regarded as a futurist.

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.

What the heck IS Maker Faire?

Ever since we announced the Portland Mini Maker Faire, the two responses I most often get are "YES, finally!" and "What the heck IS a Maker Faire?" Folks who have been to a Maker Faire in the past or even just heard reports know Portland is a great town to host one, and sure enough nearly all the makers we're showcasing this weekend are from the Pacific Northwest. But those who haven't heard of Maker Faire may need a little background.

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