Sleep in a Sub! Take a Trip to the Stars! Dive Into Science With Your Grandchild
Share your passion for science with your grandchild as you practice hands on chemistry, spend the night in a submarine, ride a jet boat and travel through space at OMSI’s planetarium.
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Program No. 16146RJ
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Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Science Class
Portland, Oregon
University Place Hotel and Conference Center

Activity note: Hotel check-in is available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Transportation for field trips and other program related activities will be via MAX lightrail unless noted otherwise. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, our dinner buffet includes dessert plus beverage options of coffee, tea (iced/hot), and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner we'll have a workshop with OMSI instructors at the hotel. We'll be designing and testing marble roller coasters complete with loops and jumps.

OMSI Labs, Giant Screen Film, Bridge Walk
Portland, Oregon
University Place Hotel and Conference Center

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles including more than a mile on bridge walk; extensive standing. Please bring a backpack or bag to carry your box lunch.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast offers choice such as eggs, breakfast meats, pastries, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, team water, and more.

Morning: We’ll depart the hotel to start our exploration of OMSI (the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). This is the largest center of non-classroom science education in the state and one of the top ten in the country. There are five enormous halls with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays focused on Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Technology. Led by OMSI educators, we'll participate in specially designed intergenerational activities for Road Scholar in the Fossil and the Bridges laboratories. We’ll also see an educational film at OMSI’s Empirical Theater. The theater has a 4-story tall giant screen! Film selection will be announced closer to the program date.

Lunch: In Waterfront Park, with views of Portland’s bridges, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: On a walking field trip, we will walk on one Portland’s many movable bridges that cross the Willamette River. Led by a local bridges expert, we’ll have an opportunity to see how the bridge operates and speak with the operator.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Explore more on your own, have a dip in the hotel pool, or just kick back and relax after a busy day.

More OMSI Labs, Naturalist Walk, Submarine Sleep-over
Portland, Oregon
USS Blueback Submarine

Activity note: Hotel check-out for submarine overnight, check back in tomorrow night; hotel will store luggage. Walking up to 2.5 miles throughout the day; mostly paved paths, some hard trails, flights of stairs. For Jetboat ride, bring waterproof outerwear and towel. For submarine sleepover, bring sleeping bag or sheet & pillow, washcloth, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.; label everything; showers not available. Entrance to sub is steep staircase with hand rails.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel with our overnight gear, we’ll return to OMSI. We’ll have another afternoon of amazing lab work. Mix it up and see the reactions in the Chemistry Lab then explore architectural construction methods in the Lego Engineering Lab. We’ll board a chartered bus, ride to a park for a nature walk in the afternoon.

Lunch: At the park, we’ll have boxed lunches picnic style.

Afternoon: An expert naturalist will introduce the large variety of plants and animals in a nearby wildlife preserve, right in the heart of the city! We'll get back to OMSI for Sub-Ins. Spend the night aboard OMSI's USS Blueback, a retired U.S. Navy submarine. Experience what it's like to live on a submarine, explore the torpedo room, peer through a periscope and sleep in the crew's quarters. Learn about density and buoyancy as you explore how submarines are designed to dive and surface.

Dinner: Early at OMSI in a private room, we’ll have a meal with our group.

Evening: We’ll walk next door to the USS Blueback, stow our gear, get our bearings, and then take a virtual trip to the stars in the Kendall Planetarium. We’ll return to the USS Blueback for our evening of adventure. The Blueback was the U.S. Navy’s last non-nuclear, fast attack sub. It was launched in 1959, decommissioned in 1990, and donated several years later to OMSI where it has been ever since. OMSI staff will help us explore the control room, the torpedo room, the crew's quarters, and peer through the periscope. We’ll become immersed (!) in hands-on intergenerational activities where 85 crew members once worked, ate, and slept — sometimes for weeks at a time.

Planetarium Light Show, Jetboat Ride
Portland, Oregon
University Place Hotel and Conference Center

Activity note: Getting on/off jetboat*, likely getting wet; walking up to 2 miles, pavement. Carry overnight bag back to hotel on public transportation. *This is an adventurous activity and it may not be suitable for some. The ride includes bumps, jolts, sharp turns and quick stops. Discretion is advised. It is not recommended for anyone with back or neck problems, osteoporosis or pre-existing conditions that may be exacerbated by this activity.

Breakfast: Good morning! After lights on at 7:00 a.m., we’ll pack up our gear and go for breakfast in the museum.

Morning: After wrapping up our sub experience, we'll have another exciting lab with OMSI’s educators to create robots that draw! Next we'll enjoy another show at the planetarium and have free time to explore some of the museum's exhibits you haven't seen yet. With more than 200 interactive exhibits and displays to choose from in five halls, any choice you make will give you valuable insights.

Lunch: At the OMSI restaurant, use provided gift certificates to select what you like.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll we'll stow our gear in a reserved area at OMSI before our Jetboat trip. Keep out your towel and extra jacket, as we head outdoors to the Willamette Jetboat for a ride you’ll remember! Not only will you take a thrilling ride along the Portland waterfront, with a view of Portland from a perspective unseen by most, but the fast turns and spraying water will be refreshing!

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet dinner with board games and other entertainment.

Evening: Continue having fun, then prepare for departure after our closing session in the morning.

Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
Portland, Oregon

Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather one last time as a group to wrap up and say farewell to new Road Scholar friends. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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