WORKSHOPS

Science on Demand is now accepting new engagements!

Science on Demand activities can be separated into individual workshops, combined into a multi-workshop event, or expressed as a unit during a recurring event such as an after school club. Each workshop ranges from 1-2 hours long.

*More activities available than listed; the list is still under construction.

To inquire about activities and costs, please contact Julia McMorran.

julia@uoregon.edu (541) 346-5298

The Science of Magic

Ever wonder how magic tricks stump even the sharpest of brains? In this unit students will explore the wonders of magic tricks and brainteasers, while learning about the brain and why it’s so easily tricked! Also explored in this unit is the magic behind fireworks and color changing reactions, which are some of the oldest tricks still used in magic.

  • Workshop 1Fireworks and Color

What causes fireworks to be different colors? Explore the chemical reaction behind this ancient magic trick, and make colorful reactions of your own!

  • Workshop 2Color Changing Chemicals

What causes some chemical mixtures to suddenly change color and on command? Students learn about this magically chemical reaction through the eyes of a chemist.

  • Workshop 3Optical Illusions

Most of magic is what we call optical illusions. What is it about these tricks that confuse the brain so easily? Learn the ins and outs of optical illusions and make some on your own!

  • Workshop 4Brainteasers

Not all tricks on the brain are optical illusions! Explore the magic behind brainteasers and riddles, and the neuroscience behind them. You’ll be surprised at how easily your brain is tricked!

The Science of Art

Want to improve your art skills through science, or explore the color spectrum through the eyes of a physicist? This unit will explore moments in the world where art and science intersect, creating a fun and laid-back introduction to science. Students will learn about symmetry, fractals, drawing, color, and other artsy science experiments.

  • Workshop 1The Neuroscience of Drawing

Learn scientifically proven tips and tricks to improve your drawing skills! Students will explore the neuroscience of drawing, and practice making self-portraits.

  • Workshop 2 All About Color

Did you know that the color we see is really just reflected light? Come learn about the differences between mixing different paints and mixing different colored lights, and make your own tempura paint!

  • Workshop 3Symmetry and Fractals

Explore the mathematic sides of art and observe these natural occurrences in nature. Students will learn about the Koch snowflake and build Serpinski triangles, engineered with gumdrops and toothpicks!

  • Workshop 4 – The Art of Science

Explore moments where science is beautifully artistic. Students will look at different chemical reactions and mixtures that help scientists understand the world through the eyes of an artist.

Out in Space!

Ever wonder what’s beyond the clouds in the vastness of space? In this unit students will explore different areas and places in space and use hands-on activities and experiments to put information into understanding. Subjects of exploration include planets, galaxies, stars and constellations, black holes, and more!

Workshop 1Our Solar System

Take a tour of the solar system and become and expert on your planet of choice. Students will design their own extraterrestrial colonies, and plan out what supplies they’d need to survive there.

Workshop 2 Galaxies

Learn the ins and outs of galaxies, how to classify them, and where we belong in ours. Classify your own galaxy in a fun art project that brings the abstract learning to paper and understanding.

Workshop 3Stars

Ever wonder what stars are made of, or how far away they live? Learn about nuclear fusion and different start types and make your own constellations in this fun astronomy day!

Workshop 4The ABC’s of Space

Explore the mysteries of space: Aliens, Black holes, and Comets. Students will simulate how comets work in a fun science experiment, and finish the day creating their own aliens who inhabit certain parts of space.

The Science of YOU

How does the brain works, and why do we sneeze? Learn all about the human body in The Science of YOU. In this unit students will explore genetics and traits, gross things about the body like snot and sneezing, how to stay healthy, and general human anatomy. 

  • Workshop 1Genetics

Explore traits and heredity while learning the ins and outs of DNA and genetics. Students will extract DNA from different fruits and learn about blood and blood-typing. Also available in this workshop is a Monster Genetics activity, designed by SPICE Director Brandy Todd.

  • Workshop 2Grossology

The human body does some gross things! Learn about these functions and explore gross things up close under the microscope! Students will use the microscopes to examine things such as fingernails and skin, and will make homemade (and sterile) snot to take home.

  • Workshop 3Health and Wellness

What makes for a healthy kid? Explore how to keep yourself healthy and happy, and learn about exercise and nutrition and well as stress management. Students will learn about heart rate and blood pressure and other health related sciences.

  • Workshop 4 Human Anatomy 

Spend the first part of this day exploring human organs and their functions, and end the day learning all about the brain. Students will build their own lungs using balloons and bottles, and will become experts on the different parts of the brain through a fun hands-on brain game.

Under the Microscope

Examine everyday non-living and living things under the microscope in this exploration unit. This unit can be broken into individual workshops upon request. Microscope specimens include hair, plant cells, bugs, bacteria, and many other ordinary things that look amazing up close!

Sports Science

Become an expert basketball shooter through the exploration of trajectory and physics in this sports-related science unit. Students will use math and practice to explore the path of a ball in different sports. Unit is currently under development – SoD will provide unit proposals upon request.