Oregon State University

Campus Field Trip Registration

Please register for an OSU Campus Field Trip at least 4 weeks in advance with a maximum group size of 60 students.  We will do our best effort to accommodate your group but cannot guarantee availability or specific activities.

General Information

(1:8 required)

Hours on Campus

(Groups spend 3-4 hours on campus maximum)

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Contact Information

(should we need to contact you the day of the visit)

Please enter the name(s) and cell phone number(s) of any other teachers attending with you.

Campus Field Trip Specifics

ENHANCE curriculum

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. We are continually looking to add more options to our curriculum units, and will do so as they become available. 

STEM:
  • O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab - The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory strives to expose students of all ages to engineering and research with a newly-developed guided education and outreach program. The program is guided by knowledgeable WRL researchers, faculty, and graduate students. It includes an introduction to basic wave mechanics as well as possible demonstrations of the wave lab equipment and descriptions of past and current projects. The Wave Lab is a separate research facility; availability is based on research funding. Priority will be given to classes studying coastal living. Interested groups should fill out a tour request form found here, and email Alicia Lyman-Holt at Alicia.lymanholt@oregonstate.edu so that she is aware of your request.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Detecting 'invisible' chemicals - After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, thousands of gallons of oil were dumped into the ocean. At first, that oil was easy to see. But after a few weeks, the oil was dissolved in the water. How did scientists know it was still there when they couldn't see it? Come find out how scientists can identify chemicals by breaking them down into atoms in this fun (and delicious) activity! Warning: uses M&Ms and peanuts. (For Grades: 4-6)
  • CSI: Chromatographic Student Investigators - You find a ransom note - Your dog has been dognapped! There are several suspects, each of which use different ink pens. As student investigators, groups will analyze the ink used in the note to find the culprit through chromatography! Forensic scientists use ink chromatography to solve crimes by marching the ink used on documents, stains, or evidence to the ink that belongs to a suspect. Students will learn more about chromatography and together solve the case of the missing dog!
Tour:
  • Campus Tour – Groups are led through a tour of campus by our knowledgeable PreCollege Programs Ambassadors. 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
Dining:
  • 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.
College Readiness:
  • Myths about College – Common college myths are discussed and the truths about planning for and attending college.
  • 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.

(Precollege Programs prefers to contact all departments/presenters to ensure scheduling efficiency)

EATING on Campus

Students can bring lunches and eat in a dining hall or outside (weather permitting). Students can also purchase food at our à la carte dining halls using cash or with pre-ordered lunch cards billed to your school or organization ($9 per student recommended).

(If yes, please fill out the below)

(Note: An invoice from University Housing and Dining Services will be sent 30 days after your visit for the full price of the number of cards used, not the number of cards ordered.)

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($7-9 is suggested)

Additional Information

If you answered "yes" to the above, please let us know what we can do to help accomodate.

(Cost to park individual vehicles on campus is $7 per day)

Contact Info

Precollege Programs
239 Covell Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
phone: 541-737-6422
Email: precollege@oregonstate.edu
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Disclaimer

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or property owned or controlled by Oregon State University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. This year's report is available in printed form by

contacting the Oregon State University, Department of Public Safety, which is located in room 200, Cascade Hall, 601 SW 17th Street, Corvallis, OR 97331. The report may also be found on the University's Department of Public Safety website.