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As part of OMSI's Tech Hall Initiative, we've developed several new units for the Vernier Technology Lab to explore the ways technology affects our lives. Each lab unit contains a number of hands-on activities for people ages 8 and up, as well as fun activities for children as young as 5. You can read more about our new lab units below, and check our online Tech Lab calendar to see which unit will be set up in the lab on the day of your visit.
Spotlight: Communications Technology
Communications Technology
Investigate the technologies we use to share our ideas with other people in our lab unit on communications technology.

Activities for this unit include:

  • DVD vs. VCR: Compare the quality of different recording technologies, and see inside a real working VCR!
  • TV: Look inside a TV, and learn how it works! See yourself on the TV screen, and even use a magnet to distort the image onscreen.
  • Build a Speaker: Learn about electromagnets when you put together a speaker. Try different materials to see what works best.
  • Totem Pole: Make a totem, and hang it on our totem pole! Learn how natives of the Pacific Northwest carved their totem poles, and see if you can figure out how to "read" a totem pole.
  • Alphabets: See the Rosetta Stone, and learn how different cultures invented different writing systems. You can even try writing your own messages using sounds and pictures.
  • Printing Press: Publish your own message using our printing press, and learn how the press changed history!

Explore communications technology online.

Best of OMSI
Best of OMSI
Experience a sampling of some of our favorite Tech Lab activities with our Best of OMSI unit.
Check out all of our lab units:
Security TechnologySecurity technology can help keep us safe, but what are the tradeoffs? Explore this question and others as you delve into the secrets of security technology!...more
Computers and RobotsExplore computers and robots, from the oldest mechanical calculation machines to current efforts to make robots act more like people....more
Biomedical TechnologyPractice your surgery skills, decide where you stand in the debate over genetic engineering, and much more as you examine the technologies we use on our own bodies and on other living things....more
Household TechnologyWe use all sorts of technologies in our homes every day, sometimes without even realizing it! With this lab unit, you'll look more closely at some of the fascinating technology all around us....more
Explore:Security Technology | Robots and Computers | Communications Technology | Medical Technology | Household Technology | Online Activities
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