Winter/Spring 2013 Adventures
The Science Factory’s educational programs offer children the chance to experience hands-on learning, creative problem solving and discovery in a stimulating and fun environment. Sign up for one or many. Complete the registration form and mail or fax to our offices.
First Friday of the month
9 AM 12 Noon
Ages 5 and under only
Drop-in/No pre-registration required.
A casual “drop-in” program just for you and your preschooler to discover science together! The first Friday of the month, we set up activities and interactive learning stations designed to create an experience between you and your child that will ignite your child’s curiosity and interest in science. First Friday Discovery Days are where our youngest visitors can enjoy Science Factory activities “big-kid-free!”
Limited to children ages 5 and under only who are accompanied by parent or guardian. Siblings who are not the appropriate age for these activities will not be allowed into the activity areas at this time. A named member musst be present to receive membership benefits, and non-member adult guests will pay regular fees.
Non-members: $10 per parent/child combo.
Additional children $2 each.
Registration not required.
Friday, May 3
How does the Sun cause colors to fade? How many legs does a centipede have? What adventures can you find in your backyard? Join us to find the answers to these questions and more. Come explore our backyard and discover a whole morning of fun and science. Warning: Some activities may get messy!
Friday, June 7
5...4...3...2...1...BLAST OFF! Join us this month for a morning of experiments in chemical reactions, building recycled rockets adn launching our own paper airplanes and helicopters. We'll discover cool ways to explore physics and chemistry on this summer day of science and fun.
2013 Girls' Science Adventures schedule
These Saturday workshops allow girls ages 10-12 to meet women scientists from the University of Oregon while participating in hands-on activities. The girls will tour the University laboratories where the scientists do their research. They will be able to experience the scientific process while getting an exciting behind the scenes peek at research in psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, and computer science. The program is run in conjunction with the University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences.
New this year: Unless otherwise specified, pick up and drop off for each program will be at a location on the UO campus. After you register, check your confirmation for details.
Chemistry of Polymers
Saturday, January 12
Chemically speaking, a polymer is a long chain-life molecule with a repeating pattern. In the everyday world, polymers are things that are bouncy, stretchy, sticky, or slimy. We'll take a close look at polymers that chemists construct in the lab, and we'll build and test (and eat!) some of our own.
Biology — Genetics of Life
Saturday, February 9
In the 1950s, scientists discovered the molecule that carries the genetic code in every living organism. Since then, DNA has revolutionized the way we think about life. We'll spend the morning learning about DNA by extracting it from the fruit. We'll figure out how just four letters can combine to create near-infinite possibilities.
Saturday, March 9
Join us for a fun-filled morning of engineering with SPICE at the Oregon Center for Optics. Put your design skills to work as we attempt to make skyscrapers out of some unusual (and very tasty!) building materials. How tall will your gumdrop tower be?
Saturday, April 13
Join us as we partner with Thinkersmith for an exploration of computational thinking. We'll find out some of the methods that make computers so good at sorting and processing information. We'll also try our hands at computer programming using Scratch, an innovative programming language that lets users create interactive games with just a few mouse clicks. Note: This program will take place at the Science Factory.
Mark your calendars! Full descriptions of future programs are coming soon to our web site:
Robot Challenges are a great option for kids on No School Days
Who: Grades 1 - 6
When: On no-school days from 9 am to 4 pm (Drop-off from 8:45 - 9:00 am)
Cost: $40 per session; $35 for Science Factory members. Sign up for all 4 programs to receive a $20 discount off total registration fee. Morning snack provided. Students must bring their lunch.
Register: Advance registration required. To register your child please download and complete the registration form. You may mail, fax, email, or drop off your completed form. For any registration related questions, call the Science Factory at 682-7888.
We're building brand-new days of fun and learning at the Science Factory! On selected no-school-days, kids can put their creative minds to work solving challenging problems in engineering and robotics. In these all-day workshops, kids will work in teams to brainstorm ideas, build prototypes, tinker, test, revise, repeat, and finally present their completed projects for everyone to see and enjoy.
Grades 1 - 2
Students use a variety of building toys and materials to learn about the world of robotics. Working with your teammates, learn about the many different ways we use robots and build your own robotic models to accomplish a variety of tasks.
January 7: Mars Explorer
What does it take to build a rover that can survive the elements on a faraway planet, explore rough terrain, and report back to Earth with its findings?
January 25: Walking with Robots
How many different ways can we make robots move? Which are better: wheels or legs?
April 1: Sensors
How do robots learn about their environment? How to robots senses compare with human senses?
April 12: Robotic Arms
Can a robotic arm work as well as a human arm? What parts of the arm, like fingers or wrists, can we change to make it better at specialized work?
Grades 3 - 6
Students use LEGO Mindstorms NXT to build, program, and test amazing robots! Working with your teammates, complete a different mission each day.
January 7: Snail Race
Build a robot that moves as slowly as possible using gears.
January 25: Walking with Robots
Build a robot that walks, creeps, crawls, or hops ... without using wheels.
April 1: Build a robot that uses sensors to find its way through a maze.
April 12: Robotic Arms
Build a robotic arm that can pick up and transport objects.
Educational Programs Information
Class size: Classes are limited. Register early.
Payment: Fees are due prior to the start of the program series. Your spot will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made at least three days prior to the start of a program are eligible for a full refund or credit, minus a $5 cancellation fee. Cancellations after that are eligible for a 50% refund or credit. No refund or credit will be given if a cancellation is made on the day of the program or later.