Plastics at SEA: Part I

On October 3, 2012 OMSI Educator Emilee Monson embarked on a ocean-bound trip along with 37 other scientists, teachers, students, and sailors. The Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition was a scientific research study conducted by Sea Education Association (SEA) and dedicated to studying the effects of plastic marine debris in the ocean ecosystem. The expedition also aimed to provide updates of floating plastic concentrations in the region known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch".

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 

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.

Rising Stars Show Off… Demos!

As the toy car whooshes past at lightning speed, you realize that it’s hovering inches above the ground. The fan begins to spin and it moves faster than you thought possible! Is it magic? Is it using the force? No, it’s science!

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