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Bend a Carrot
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In this activity, learners investigate the process of osmosis by adding salt to a sealed bag of raw carrots and comparing it to a control. After about 15-30 minutes, the carrots with salt become flexible and water can be seen in the bag. Extensions include measuring the amount of water lost from the carrots, varying the salt solutions, and investigating other liquids, vegetables or solids. Part of the "No Hassle Messy Science with a Wow" activity guide by OMSI, where all activities use only household materials.

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Technology
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
National Science Foundation
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Dinosaur Homes
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In this activity about dinosaurs and survival, learners use scrap materials to create a miniature dinosaur habitat that includes a food source, water source, and shelter. This resource includes definitions of key words (habitat, carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, extinct) as well as discussion questions to further learning.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Lesson Plan
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Gallery of Communications
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This is a matching game where learners match examples of communications technologies with pictures of the people who used them. Look at images of hieroglyphs, runes and calligraphy and match them to illustrations of ancient people, or look at pictures of modern sound recordings, choreography notation and emoticons and match them to modern people. Explore some of the ways that people have communicated throughout history, and learn how these technologies have changed our world.

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Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
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Activity/Lab
Game
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
In the Toilet
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This activity explores the basic workings of a siphon, which is the core technology that makes toilets work. The heart of the lesson plan is a simple demonstration of a siphon and how it works: use a hose to move water between two buckets on two different levels. The lesson plan suggests several extension activities including giving learners cups, tubing and water, and inviting them to experiment with different siphon arrangements to see how water behaves. The lesson also has information about the physics of siphons, including a comparison of siphons (which work based on gravity) and drinking straws (which work based on air pressure differences).

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Engineering
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
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Simulation
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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National Science Foundation ESI
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Jelly Beads
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Learners add drops of alginate solution to a solution of calcium chloride. The alginate does not mix with the calcium chloride, but forms soft gel beads. After rinsing off the beads, learners are invited to touch the beads and investigate their texture. Learners discover that alginate (made from seaweed) is often added to food products (ice cream, chicken nuggets) to improve texture. Learners can experiment with different variables: leaving drops in the calcium chloride for different amounts of time, adding different amounts of alginate solution, pouring calcium chloride over a shape of alginate solution in a petri dish. This activity is currently used in the Biochemistry Unit in OMSI's Chemistry Lab. Cost estimates are per 100 learners.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Kid Machine
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This activity is on page 3 (continued on page 2) of the pdf, part of the Simple Machines Discovery Box. In this fun activity, learners "create" a complex machine by simulating the parts in action. Learners move their bodies and make sounds as if they are individual parts of a moving machine. Then learners discover what happens when part of a machine is broken and problem solve ways to fix it.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Make a Totem Pole
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In this activity (on page 2 of PDF), learners make their own totem poles out of recycled materials. Learners choose the animals and other symbols that represent them and their families, and then assemble them into a piece of art! Use this activity to introduce learners to totems and symbols.

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Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Older or Younger?
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This quiz shows you several pairs of animals, and asks you to guess which one is older. You look at dogs, rats, gorillas, horses, roundworms and an X-ray of a dog's hips. After you click on the one you think is older, the correct answer is revealed, along with an explanation of what happens when these different animals age and how to tell an older individual from a younger one.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources, "Science Education Partnerships Award"
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Paperfolding Polyhedrons
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In this activity (on pages 55-66 of PDF), learners fold paper into origami shapes and then combine several identical shapes into a three-dimensional structure. There are clear, colorful photographic step-by-step instructions on how to fold the small shapes and how to assemble them into larger figures. There are also URLs for several origami websites and several recommended origami books.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Program a Friend
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In this activity, one person "programs" the other like a robot to move through a space, trying to get them to avoid obstacles and reach a goal. The idea is that computers and robots are programmed with step-by-step instructions. As the blindfolded "robot" moves through the space, the "programmer" writes down the steps for repeating later. This process of fixing problems in programs as they arise is known as "iterative testing."

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Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Robot Obstacle Course
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This is an online game about computer logic. Learners control a robot that navigates a maze of colored shapes, using AND, OR and NOT to decide which ones to jump over. Learners have to notice the pattern of which shapes are traps, then program the robot to avoid all shapes that are Blue AND Circles, or all shapes that are Green OR Triangles. Collect all the keys and move on to the next level with a new challenge...and watch out for those trap doors!

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Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
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Activity/Lab
Game
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Sink or Swim?
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Learners observe a tank of water containing cans of diet and regular sodas. The diet sodas float and the regular sodas sink. All the cans contain the same amount of liquid and the same amount of air. However, the sugar in regular sodas makes them denser than water so they sink. This is written as an exhibit, but can easily be adapted to become a demonstration or hands-on activity.

Subject:
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE):SMILE Pathway\: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search