Discovering the Scientist Within 2019 will be held: Saturday, February 23, from 8:00AM - 12:45PM. Lunch is not provided.

Pre-registration is required. 

Participants will be able to register for one of  six activity pairs. Activities change yearly, but the pairs listed below are good examples of the types of activities you will find at DSW. The registration link will be posted Friday, February 1.


1A. Hands-on DNA                               

If you isolated all the DNA in your body, it would stretch from here to the moon! We will discover how to isolate DNA from strawberries. You get to take your strawberry DNA home with you!

1B. Engineering Design Challenge with K-Nex   

Engineers are jugglers!   Join us in the design studio and build a prototype vehicle with Knex based on customer specifications and preference for lowest production cost, highest aesthetic appeal, and highest performance quality.



2A. Spalting: Painting Wood with Fungi 

In nature, many species of fungi produce intricate patterns and colorful pigments in wood. Learn how these fungi work and harness them to create your very own piece of spalted wood! Gain an understanding of how fungal pigments and other metabolites could provide humanity with new sources of "green" chemicals.

2B.Say Cheese!     

In this session, you’ll make your very own sample of queso fresco, a cheese very popular in Mexican food. Practice the steps that cheesemakers use and why understanding science is so important in the process! You will also get to taste different cheeses.


3A. Almost Alchemy!  

Learn how to transform a regular copper penny into a gold-colored penny! You’ll also get to experiement with metal combinations to see what other colorful alloys you can make. Best of all, you get to keep your creations!

3B. LEGO Robotics                      

Learn to use laptops, LEGOs, and WeDo 1.0 Robotics software to create your own LEGO robots!




Join us in the computer graphics lab to explore Google Sketch-Up, software that you can use to create, modify, and share 3D models.

4B. Symbiosis and Sea Anemones

Understand how sea anemones eat! Take part in hands-on activities using microscopes to examine sea anemone symbiosis.



5A. Fabulous Pharmacy       

Prepare a fun pharmaceutical product and gain an introduction to career opportunities in pharmacy.

5B. Fun with Physics!  

Hands-on Physics! Implode soda cans, ride a hovercraft, make ice cream! Find out the “how and why” of all these fascinating, every-day phenomena.



6A. The Scribbler

During this activity you will combine engineering and art by designing and building an autonomous machine, or scribbler. Depending on how you build  your scribbler, it will draw a variety of designs all by itself.  By combining your scribbler with others in the class you will make magnificent art pieces worthy of display. Be prepared to bring your creativity, and ingenuity to this challenging and fun activity.

6B. Animals and Environments

Fisheries and Wildlife scientist study the natural world and the relationships between animals and their environments. Join us to see the various ways scientists answer questions about animals while working to conserve sensitive species in Oregon and around the world.