The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) believes collective potential can be unlocked by uniting curiosity, learning and community. They are doing some cool things to inspire wonder through science-based learning processes, at the intersection of science, technology and design.
Located in Portland, Oregon, OMSI isn’t just impacting their own community. In addition to all the cool things you can do when you visit the museum, they’ve created an awesome, free webpage full of science activities you can do at home. There are activities for kids of all ages with interesting topics like creating a bee hotel, designing your own plankton model and making flubber.
OMSI also has a page of science videos! Here, you can watch while OMSI educators explore their wildly curious questions and discover new knowledge. You can explore questions and topics like, “Why is a blue butterfly blue?”, “How to build a campfire.”, and “The science of muscles.”
The museum also partners with teachers and families to help bring kids some incredible learning. They have a list of resources for educators, as well as a wide variety of school and community programs that range from local to spread across the U.S. Additionally, OMSI operates two separate camp locations, Camp Hanock and Camp Gray. These programs, both located in Oregon, are designed for students, campers, nature lovers, scientists, educations, and families to learn about science, nature, themselves, and each other.
The museum itself provides awesome opportunities for learning as well. Exhibits and activities include a Natural Science Hall, Chemistry Lab, Teen Tech Center, and Science Playground for the building’s tiniest visitors.
OMSI is so cool, we’re a little sad we don’t live in Portland to check it out for ourselves. You can bet it’ll be on our bucket list the next time we make it out that way. For now, we’ll have to content ourselves with their online videos and experiments.
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