Design Week Workshop: Turbine Hall

APR 17 | 10AM-3PM

Join OMSI in a creative workshop to reimagine one of the most iconic spaces at OMSI, the Turbine Hall. As part of this process we will take a tour of the Turbine Hall and engage in breakout sessions led by OMSI designers and members of Dangermond Keane ( and The Felt Hat ( Along with the tour we will enjoy a catered lunch and divide into smaller groups for facilitated brainstorm sessions. At the culmination of these brainstorm sessions each group will have the opportunity to present back, allowing every great idea to be articulated and heard.


You do not have to be a professional designer or artist to participate, just bring your imagination and ideas! This will be a fast paced and fun workshop that we hope will provide insights and inspirations for every participant. Ultimately, our goal is to honor our beloved Turbine Hall with careful and creative considerations to ensure that it fosters innovative output for OMSI and the greater Portland community for another century and beyond!


Turbine Hall : Then and Now


The Turbine Hall is the largest exhibit and programming space at OMSI and, for many visitors, the most memorable. Named for the steam turbine power generation plant for which the building was originally constructed, OMSl's Turbine Hall has housed learning experiences that fuse science, technology and design in new ways for Pacific Northwest families since it opened in 1994. This beloved interactive arena is home to many of OMSl's classic physical science and engineering exhibits, as well as labs focusing on Design, Chemistry and Physics. 


Now, more than 20 years later, it is time to reinvest in this cornerstone experience, making it more accessible and relevant for today's learners. New research in the informal science education field supports open-ended, design challenge-based activities, where visitors work collaboratively and experiment with materials, as effective ways to building science literacy and identities as learners. Research also supports the idea that public spaces can be designed in ways that are more inviting and accessible to population segments that are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) careers. Help us shape the future of creative learning at OMSI and throughout the Pacific Northwest!



Tour and Primer: Turbine Hall & Pepco Design Shop 
Panel Discussion: with OMSI, Dangermond- Keane, and The Felt Hat 
Lunch Break: Catered by Bon Appetit 
Break-out sessions: for Ideation and Speculative Design

Tickets are $15 and through online registration only.


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