PreCollege Programs Campus Visit Curriculum is focused on the STEM fields, offered in 45-minute units in four different categories. The time specification per block is subject to change dependent on your group’s needs. The amount of time spent on campus will determine the number of units each group is able to participate in.
Please note: Due to presenter limitations, room constraints, and other factors, not all options are offered at all times. If your group is over 30 students, it is possible not all students will participate in the same hands-on STEM activity. We are continually looking to add more options to our curriculum units, and will do so as they become available.
Wave Lab - The Wave Lab offers year round tours designed to increase awareness of tsunamis and costal hazards, college preparedness, engineering career awareness and research and the research process. The tours include a power point presentation on the tour goals, a brief wave demonstration (when available) and a guided tour of the facility. (For group of less than 60 students)
Wind Power - This lesson teaches students the basics of wind power and how it is generated. They are able to make their own wind blades, test them, and use the engineering process with specific design variables to improve their blade design. (For groups of less than 120 students)
TeamTox - DNA is the blueprint to who we are. DNA explains your hair color, your eye color, it even decides what allergies you have. Your DNA is inherited, but small changes occur over your lifetime to make it truly unique to each individual. Your DNA can even be changed by where you live, what you eat, and where you work! Learn more about DNA and isolate DNA from strawberries in a fun, hands-on laboratory activity. (For groups of less than 120 students)
IBGSA - Integrative Biology Graduate Student Activities. Hands on activities surrounding various disciplines of integrated biology (e.g. marine science, botany, coral bleaching). These activities are led by graduate students in Integrative Biology. (For group of less than 120 students)
Your environment, your health #1 - We are exposed to chemicals on a daily basis: cleaning the kitchen, spraying pesticides, washing the car, cleaning clothes. These chemicals can be harmful to our health, and to the environment. The study of these chemicals and others is called toxicology. Come learn how scientists test the toxicities of these chemicals in a hands-on lab activity, and learn how to improve your health at home! ( For Grades: 6-12) (For groups of less than 120 students)
Your environment, your health #2 - Household chemicals are found in the bathroom, the kitchen, the garage, the laundry room - they are so easily found sometimes it's hard to remember that they can be toxic. The study of these chemicals is called toxicology, or the study of toxins. Come learn more about toxicology, and how to better understand how to safely use household chemicals - and which ones to avoid! (This is a dry lab - student's learn how to read the safety labels on chemical bottles, and learn about how they can be exposed - inhalation, dermal, ingestion, i.v.) (For Grades: 6-8) (For groups of less than 120 students)
Pesticide spills - the bigger impact - Most of the pesticides we use today can be fairly safe, especially when used as directed. But what happens when there is a spill? How do scientists find out if the spill has polluted the ground, air or water? How do scientists figure out if the chemical poses a threat to humans, wildlife, or the surrounding vegetation? Learn about how scientists answer these questions and participate in a mock pesticide spill scenario. (For Grades: 8-12 grade students. Can be amended for AP Chemistry) (For groups of less than 120 students)
Predicting Toxicity and Human Health - Using UV-reactive beads to mimic cells, students will evaluate toxicity of various water samples. This activity introduces students to scientific methods used in OSU laboratories to test the effects of air and water pollution on human health. Students will lean basics of toxicology, data collection, and data analysis. (For Grades: 4-7) (For groups of less than 120 students)
Science with SDO - Sigma Delta Omega (SDO) is an undergraduate academic- and science-based sororoity at OSU. Science with SDO consists of participating in a science activity lead by the ladies of SDO. They will discuss their current scientific path in college as well as the science behind the activity. Activities range, please express interest below and the activity topic will passed along. (For groups of less than 120 students)
College of Veterinary Medicine Tour - Tour the College of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital (On Tuesday-Thursdays for groups of less than 16 people total, all over the age of 15)
Tours of Oregon State's Greenhouses - See the campus greenhouses and hear about the research that goes on there. (For groups of less than 20 total)
Tours of the OSU Radiation Center - See the radiation center and hear about the research that goes on there. This is a security-sensitive tour. Photo ID will be required for all adults. (For groups of less than 20 total)
Campus Tour – Groups are led through a tour of campus by our knowledgeable Precollege Programs Guides. Highlights of this tour are:
Kelley Engineering Building: A building built according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications for sustainability.
Memorial Union: The central hub of campus for students.
Weatherford Hall: An outside-look at OSU housing options.
The Valley Library
Photo Hunt Campus Tour - The group is given informational cards with photos. When stopped, the correct card is searched for and then read aloud. (Best for groups under 15 OR elementary groups)
Explore on Your Own - Explore campus on your own in chaperone groups or in classes.
Dining on Campus - This is a great way to experience a taste of student life. Your students will have a chance to interact with Oregon State University students and employees, and get a look at one of our many campus dining options. More information about eating on campus can be found below.
Myths about College – (Designed for grades 7-10) Common college myths are discussed and the truths about planning for and attending college.
A Day in the Life - (Designed for grades 6-12) Students experience scheduling a term of classes and activities. GIven a list of classes, activities, and clubs, students are able to set their schedule just as a college student does!
OSU Student Panel – Groups will have a conversation with and question a group of current college students. They will hear about each student’s road to college and their experience so far. If you have almuni at Oregon State, we would be happy to invite them to sit on the panel.
College of Business Info Session - Hear from a College of Business representative about types of business degrees and what they can do for students.
TEAM Tubes - Work in small groups as a team to overcome various challenges such as creating the tallest structure or stongest bridge.
College Venn Diagrams - (Designed for grades 3-5) Compare elementary school/college and your students/college students.
Please list other activities you have already scheduled on campus
(Precollege Programs prefers to contact all departments/presenters to ensure scheduling efficiency)