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Imagineering: Jitterbugs

At Your School
Type & Format
1 hr
Grade Level
Tech + Engineering

$40 lab fee per session
Two hours minimum booking
Travel fees may apply

With just a motor, a battery, a marker and a handful of craft supplies, students are challenged to design and build a scribbling robot that can doodle all on its own.

OMSI's Imagineering programs are hands-on, inquiry-based workshops in which students use the engineering design process to solve exciting challenges through design and testing. To help teachers with the Oregon State Science Standards in engineering and design, OMSI can provide an engineering handbook for an additional charge of $25. This easy-to-use handbook features seven activities for your class and is designed for a teacher on a budget.

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:
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.

Scientific Inquiry:
3.3S.3 - Explain why when a scientific investigation is repeated, similar results are expected.
5.3S.1 - Based on observations and science principles, identify questions that can be tested, design an experiment or investigation, and identify appropriate tools. Collect and record multiple observations while conducting investigations or experiments to test a scientific question or hypothesis.

Engineering Design:
3.4D.1 - Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design, propose a potential solution, and design a prototype.
4.4D.2 - Design, construct, and test a prototype of a possible solution to a problem using appropriate tools, materials, and resources.
4.4D.3 - Explain how the solution to one problem may create other problems.
5.4D.2 - Design and build a prototype of a proposed engineering solution and identify factors such as cost, safety, appearance, environmental impact, and what will happen if the solution fails.
5.4D.3 - Explain that inventions may lead to other inventions and once an invention exists, people may think of novel ways of using it.
6.4D.2 - Design, construct, and test a possible solution to a defined problem using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate proposed engineering design solutions to the defined problem.
6.4D.3 - Describe examples of how engineers have created inventions that address human needs and aspirations.
7.4D.2 - Design, construct, and test a possible solution using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate proposed solutions to identify how design constraints are addressed.
8.4D.2 - Design, construct, and test a proposed solution and collect relevant data. Evaluate a proposed solution in terms of design and performance criteria, constraints, priorities, and trade-offs. Identify possible design improvements.
H.4D.2 - Create and test or otherwise analyze at least one of the more promising solutions. Collect and process relevant data. Incorporate modifications based on data from testing or other analysis.