Cycles of Science

What's going on at OMSI? That's the question I get asked the most when people hear I work as an educator here. The answer... lots! So much that it's difficult to condense into a simple answer or even to list on the website all that we do. But we do want to get some of that information out to interested science-minded people, and so this blog.

The first thing to know is that we have many lab spaces and small demonstration (demo) carts around the museum that are staffed with educators. We love showing off science and doing demonstrations with visitors. Some might be hands-on, whereas others are simply about watching a cool show!

Foam demo in Chem Lab 

Every weekend on both Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm we have a big science demo or "explosion of the day" happening somewhere in the museum. These are announced over the intercom. The 11am demonstrations tend to be hands-on while the 2pm are more of a "what how cool this is!". But we're also spontaneous and like to offer staffed demonstrations at all times of the day. One of my favorites? When it snowed in February we took a microscope outside to take pictures of snowflakes.

Snowflake under the microscope 

A big focus going forward will be demonstrations on a theme. For this summer we're highlighting Cycles of Science. You might experience Dry Ice Tricks and learn about water cycles, or have a guided tour of the Science on a Sphere while exploring weather cycles. Build circuits in our Tech Lab Makerspace. These are just a few of the activities in store!

Stay tuned for future themes, and if you enjoy all of this and still want more, check out OMSI Lab Experiences which are perfect for small groups.

Come explore with us!

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