Fall & Winter 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, September 6
Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! Come join us for a day of soapy fun. Learn all about what makes a bubble, why they are round, and why they pop! We'll make mysterious bubbles that you can hold, bubble art to take home, and much more.
Sun, Moon, and Stars
Friday, October 4
Gaze up at the sky and you'll find some amazing things! This month, we'll explore the cosmos together. We'll learn about sunlight and starlight, the crates of the moon, and the planets of the solar system. Join us for out-of-this-world fun!
Friday, November 1
Why is the sky blue and the grass green? Where do colors come from? What happens when you mix colors together? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we experiment with all the colors of the rainbow.
Friday, December 13
Note: This tot day takes place on the second Friday of the month instead of the first.
Come in from the cold and meet some of the animals that live it up in the winter! They burrow, hibernate, get fluffly and change color. See if you can spot a camouflaged snow rabbit, help a squirrel stock up on food, or make a cozy habitat for hibernation.
2014 Girls' Science Adventures schedule coming late fall. Registration will begin when schedule is announced.
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.
November 25 - 27, December 6, January 2 & 3
9 AM – 12 Noon, 1 PM – 4 PM
Ages 6 – 8 (best for grades 1 – 3; must be able to read and write)
$18 per half day program; $15 for Science Factory members. Lunch care is available each day from Noon – 1 pm for $3 per day. Pre-registration required.
Download a Registration Form
Even though your children are on vacation, their inquisitive minds don't have to be. These half-day camps offered during winter holiday break allow your 6 – 8 year olds to explore a variety of fun science topics while participating in exciting hands-on activities. They can meet some unusual animmals, try their hands at toy engineering, or learn chemistry through candy-making!
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. 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.
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.
Monday, November 11: Musical Machines
Grades 1 - 6
People have been able to make music electronically for almost 100 years. How do they do it? What makes electronic music different from traditional music? Can you make your own electronic music? Join us for a of experiementaion with sound waves.
Students in grades 1 & 2 observe and listen to a variety of wave forms and experiment with make music of their own. Students in grades 3 - 6 work in teams with LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits to program and build musical instruments of their own creation.
Friday, December 6: Robot Physics
Grades 3 - 6
On this day, we'll explore concepts such as inertia, force, momentum, and kinetic and potential energy as well as use LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits to help us solve real-world physics problems .
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.