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As part of OMSI's Tech Hall Initiative, we've developed several new units for the Vernier Technology Lab to explore the ways technology affects our lives. Each lab unit contains a number of hands-on activities for people ages 8 and up, as well as fun activities for children as young as 5. You can read more about our new lab units below, and check our online Tech Lab calendar to see which unit will be set up in the lab on the day of your visit.
Spotlight: Household Technology
Technology in the Home
We use all sorts of technologies in our homes every day, sometimes without even realizing it! With this lab unit, you'll look more closely at some of the fascinating technology all around us.

Activities for this unit include:

  • Loom: Weave your own section of the OMSI tapestry, and learn how fabric is made!
  • Shelter: Put your architecture skills to the test as you build a model shelter. What materials are best for your needs?
  • Fasteners: Explore the fascinating history of fasteners. Tie a tie and a shoe, investigate other types of clothing fasteners, and even check out Velcro under the microscope!
  • Microwaves: See how microwaves work, and learn the facts about microwave safety.
  • Coffee: Play with a real espresso machine, and explore the history of coffee.
  • Visible Refrigerator: See inside a refrigerator and learn how it works.

Explore household technology online.

Best of OMSI
Best of OMSI
Experience a sampling of some of our favorite Tech Lab activities with our Best of OMSI unit.
Check out all of our lab units:
Security TechnologySecurity technology can help keep us safe, but what are the tradeoffs? Explore this question and others as you delve into the secrets of security technology!...more
Computers and RobotsExplore computers and robots, from the oldest mechanical calculation machines to current efforts to make robots act more like people....more
Biomedical TechnologyPractice your surgery skills, decide where you stand in the debate over genetic engineering, and much more as you examine the technologies we use on our own bodies and on other living things....more
Communications TechnologyInvestigate the technologies we use to share our ideas with other people in our lab unit on communications technology....more
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