Be Brain Aware

As a museum, OMSI is lucky to have cultivated relationships with community partners like the Oregon Health & Science University. Twelve years ago OMSI began a partnership with OHSU's Brain Institute to promote their Brain Awareness Season. The season is a chance for OHSU to share the latest, most riveting knowledge about neuroscience through workshops, community activities, and a lecture series. The Brain Institue and OMSI hosted the twelth OHSU Brain Fair here at the museum earlier this month.

Agate to Opal: Gems of the Northwest

OMSI has been a hands-on science museum from the beginning, but it may surprise some people that we also feature collections! In fact OMSI houses over 30,000 pieces including natural history, ethnographic and historical objects. We also partner with other museums and institutions to bring their collections to the public.

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.

So excited for PDX Mini Maker Faire, local crafter can’t sleep at night

Similar to the medieval markets of a well fortified village, craftsmen, artists, builders and people who know the business end of a trebuchet are getting together in just a few weeks to show off their mad skills. Unlike the good old pre-industrial age, though, this faire has a decidedly tech inclination, with robot builders, Arduino programmers, 3D printers and a whole mess of folks who do cool things with LEGO bricks demonstrating what their eclectic organizations and businesses are up to.

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