Electricity & Magnetism

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Electricity & Magnetism

Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab. One ticket per person.


To reserve a space for Electricity Magnetism buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


Microscopy for Beginners

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Microscopy for Beginners

This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands-on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own. One microscope per ticket, maximum two people per microscope.


To reserve a space for Microscopy for Beginners, buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


Matter of Spatter

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Matter of Spatter

In this math based lab, participants will experiment to find how height and angle affect spatter and then use this knowledge to solve a crime!


To reserve a space for Matter of Spatter, buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


Soap Making

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Soap Making

Make soap while learning about the reactions that go into making soap and why it is so great at cleaning! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. One ticket gets you all the ingredients necessary to make one pound of soap (about 6-8 bars), maximum three participants per ticket. Recommended for ages 10 and up.


To reserve a space for Soap Making, buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


Soap Making

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Soap Making

Make soap while learning about the reactions that go into making soap and why it is so great at cleaning! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. One ticket gets you all the ingredients necessary to make one pound of soap (about 6-8 bars), maximum three participants per ticket. Recommended for ages 10 and up.


To reserve a space for Soap Making, buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


Physics Phenomena

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Physics Phenomena

View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaf generator, or unusual musical instruments. One ticket per person


To reserve a space for Physics Phenomena, buy tickets online, or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


What to Expect at Maker Faire

The second annual Portland Mini Maker Faire is gearing up for September 14 and 15! We will welcome over a hundred ingenious and inventive makers from Portland and the surrounding area to OMSI this weekend for a showcase of their unique skills. Here are just a few of the makers you can expect to see.

Harmonograph at Maker Faire 

Ex Libris Anonymous

Meet the R2 Builders

The Pacific Northwest R2D2 Builders Group is pleased to announce that we will be attending this year’s Mini Maker Faire at OMSI.

 Pac NW R2 Builders Club logo

PIG Squad's Pixel Art

Have you heard about OMSI’s Mini Maker Faire? Wired’s Geek Dad Jonathan Liu advised parents last year, “It’s definitely worth your while to take the kids — you’re sure to find some excellent activities, and I guarantee you’ll find at least one thing that will amaze you.”

Ex Libris Anonymous

I can't be emphatic enough about this point: Maker Faire is a total, total BLAST. A blast blasting into another blast, actually. It's infinitely worth attending in any of its incarnations in ANY location. Let me explain why.

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