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Funtastic Physics

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Type & Format
1 hr
Grade Level

Two hours minimum booking
Travel fees may apply*

Students explore the laws of physics while playing with everyday toys. They join a videotaped space mission and predict and observe how toys act in the weightless conditions of space. Topics include action/reaction, force applications, inertia, momentum and Newton’s three laws of motion.

Experience an adventure in science without leaving the classroom. These programs include a general introduction to a science topic and hands-on, interactive activities.

A minimum of 2 weeks' advance notice is required for all registration requests. If you have questions, please contact us at 503.797.4661 or



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Travel Fees

If you are located less than 40 miles from OMSI, there are no travel fees.
If you are located more than 40 miles from OMSI, travel fees are charged as follows:
• By scheduling a program when we’re in your area (per map), each school pays $105 per instructor per day, in addition to the program cost. No mileage is charged.
• If we make a special trip to your school (when we’re not scheduled to be in your area per map), each school is charged 55¢ per round-trip mile (subject to federal rate changes) and $105 per instructor per day, in addition to the program cost.
• Visits to areas beyond the boundaries of the map are available by request and travel fees are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.


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Standards Addressed

Structure and Function:
1.1P.1 - Compare and contrast physical properties and composition of objects.
4.1P.1 - Describe the properties of forms of energy and how objects vary in the extent to which they absorb, reflect, and conduct energy.
6.1P.1 - Describe physical and chemical properties of matter and how they can be measured.

Interaction and Change:
1.2P.1 - Describe the motion of objects when a force is applied.
2.2P.1 - Compare and contrast how objects and materials respond to magnetic forces.
3.2P.1 - Describe how forces cause changes in an object’s position, motion, and speed.
5.2P.1 - Describe how friction, gravity, and magnetic forces affect objects on or near Earth.

Scientific Inquiry:
2.3S.1 - Observe, measure, and record properties of objects and substances using simple tools to gather data and extend the senses.
2.3S.2 - Make predictions about living and non-living things and events in the environment based on observed patterns.
2.3S.3 - Make, describe, and compare observations, and organize recorded data.
3.3S.2 - Use the data collected from a scientific investigation to explain the results and draw conclusions.