Labs

How Does the Cookie Crumble? Gingerbread Workshop

Recent scientific “discoveries” have uncovered a revolutionary new building material that could change how we prepare for earthquakes – gingerbread! Come to OMSI and learn how buildings are designed to withstand quakes. Design, build and test your own quake proof gingerbread house. Put your tower on OMSI's shake table to see if it will survive “the Big One”?!

 

This workshop is suggested for ages 18+. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Foodstuffs in this lab will include common allergens such as wheat, soy, and eggs.

 

How Does the Cookie Crumble? Gingerbread Workshop

Recent scientific “discoveries” have uncovered a revolutionary new building material that could change how we prepare for earthquakes – gingerbread! Come to OMSI and learn how buildings are designed to withstand quakes. Design, build and test your own quake proof gingerbread house. Put your tower on OMSI's shake table to see if it will survive “the Big One”?!

 

This workshop is suggested for ages 18+. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Foodstuffs in this lab will include common allergens such as wheat, soy, and eggs.

 

Mission: Infrostable Gingerbread Workshop

If you joined a Mars colony, what would your house look like? Come learn about different types of structures scientists have designed for future Mars missions, then design and build your own gingerbread Mars house to take home!

 

This workshop is suggested for ages 6+ with a parent and for ages 14+ without a guardian. Foodstuffs in this lab will include common allergens such as wheat, soy, and eggs.

 

Tickets are $25 per house; up to three people can work on each house. 

Mission: Infrostable Gingerbread Workshop

If you joined a Mars colony, what would your house look like? Come learn about different types of structures scientists have designed for future Mars missions, then design and build your own gingerbread Mars house to take home!

 

This workshop is suggested for ages 6+ with a parent and for ages 14+ without a guardian. Foodstuffs in this lab will include common allergens such as wheat, soy, and eggs.

 

Tickets are $25 per house; up to three people can work on each house. 

Mission: Infrostable Gingerbread Workshop

If you joined a Mars colony, what would your house look like? Come learn about different types of structures scientists have designed for future Mars missions, then design and build your own gingerbread Mars house to take home!

 

This workshop is suggested for ages 6+ with a parent and for ages 14+ without a guardian. Foodstuffs in this lab will include common allergens such as wheat, soy, and eggs.

 

Tickets are $25 per house; up to three people can work on each house.

Cookie Lab

NOV 19 & DEC 10 | 10AM-12PM

Tickets: $10

 

Put your aprons on and join us for an hour of science in the kitchen! In this class we will learn the similarities between the recipe and the scientific method. Attendees are able to enter the cookie lab to bake, dissect, and taste how one little recipe adjustment can make a big difference to the quality of a cookie. In this lab, participants will form a hypothesis, follow a procedure and then "analyze" the results using some of the best scientific instruments humans have – our taste buds and noses!

 

Recommended for ages 8 and up. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.

Bug Appetit!

Crickets, mealworms, and beetles, oh MY! Did you know that almost a third of the world’s population eats insects as part of their daily diet.  The World Health Organization recently promoted the eating of insects, also known as entomophagy in the science world, as a more sustainable source of protein. Come learn all about the environmental and nutritional advantages of eating insects. We’ll try a variety of different bugs and even cook with them to create a bug buffet!

Recommended for ages 8 and up. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.


One person per ticket. Time: 10AM - 11:30AM

Marshmallows in Space

Explore extreme conditions in space using…Marshmallows! Does a marshmallow really burst under vacuum pressure? What does a marshmallow taste like after being frozen in liquid nitrogen? We dig into these questions and more as we send our marshmallows "into space" to test other-worldly environments

Recommended for ages 6-14 with an adult, 14 and up without. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket. Maximum three people per ticket.

Time: 10AM - 11:30AM


This is a limited edition lab designed to accompany our Featured Exhibit, Journey to Space: The Exhibition.

Mission to the Moon

What’s awesome about our Moon?  What tools do space scientists use to explore beyond Earth? This lab explores ideas about astronomy, planetary science, and how scientists explore the universe. Students make and take home their own chart of moon phases.


Ages 3 – 6. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.

Bite Size Science: Carbonation

FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION

 

This month we are kicking off a berry-themed summer with a carbonation demonstration where visitors will make their own sodas using natural ingredients.  The owner of HOTLIPS will be here to help us discuss (and taste!) natural and healthier alternatives to traditional sodas.  You'll even get to try some carbonated berries and blood oranges!