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.

Rising Stars Demo Fair

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Rising Stars Demo Fair

This summer we welcomed two more sessions of Rising Stars to OMSI. The Rising Stars program provides a chance for 60 high school students to volunteer and gain valuable hands-on experience interacting with guests on the museum floor. At the end of each session, the Rising Stars have each spent 90 hours volunteering at the museum.

As part of their program OMSI Rising Stars will research and create their own personal science demonstrations. Each session culminates with a demo fair where the 30 session participants present their demos to the public. 


Laser Colors of the World

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Laser Colors of the World


Laser Classics

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Laser Classics

SONG LIST

Back in Time – Huey Lewis and the News              
Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Nylons
Help – The Beatles
ABC – The Jackson 5
Sequencer – Al di Meola 


Breakfast Club

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Breakfast Club

Join us for new friends and new discoveries during early hours in Science Playground. Enjoy coffee, refreshments and light snacks, and then discuss the latest findings in child development with a researcher from Lewis & Clark College. Members can also participate in a raffle for free tickets to OMSI's upcoming Mini Maker Faire in September!

RSVPs are not required for this event. Staff will be in the lobby to help direct you to the Science Playground.


Science Pub Corvallis

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Science Pub Corvallis

Get Ready for School: Child Development and Self-Regulation
with Megan McClelland, associate professor, Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at Oregon State University

If you want to know if your kindergartener will succeed in school, look to Simon Says for an answer. Or to Red Light/Green Light. Or to the marshmallow game. These activities give children an opportunity to demonstrate self-regulation, the ability to control their behavior, thoughts and emotions.

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.

25 Things You Didn't Know About OMSI: Part II

While there’s plenty to see and do at the museum, there’s a lot that people don’t know and never see. Whether it’s a program you didn’t know existed or a fun piece of OMSI history, there are many stories to tell!

48th Annual Shell Show

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48th Annual Shell Show

View rare and beautiful shells from around the world at the 48th Annual Shell Show, presented by the Oregon Society of Conchologists (OSC) and hosted by OMSI in the featured hallway. Shells will be for sale on Saturday, July 13. Entrance to the show is included with paid museum admission.

Secrets of the Sun

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Secrets of the Sun

An intimate look at the role the Sun plays in the life of our solar system. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the Sun to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, we experience the power of the Sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. We trace the Sun's life cycle, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death.

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