Nova: Down and Dirty at OMSI

October 13, 2019

9:45 AM – 12:45 PM

This event is FULL.

Spend the morning with OMSI as Cub Scout Wolves, Bears, and Webelos can work on the STEM Nova Award: Down and Dirty!

This class uses a mix of hands-on activities and media to explore a variety of earth science topics, highlighting fossils and volcanoes. In OMSI’s Paleontology Lab, Cub Scouts learn about the job responsibilities of paleontologists and help clean real fossils, including Triceratops dinosaur bones, using professional paleontologist tools and techniques. Using salt dough, Scouts create cast copies of a Dromaeosaurus claw to take home. Scouts make a paper volcano model and experiment with cake batter “lava” form to learn how the viscosity of lava affects the shape of volcanoes. Upon completion of this class, attending Scouts can earn their Down and Dirty Nova Award. 

$40.00 per Cub Scout

  • Registration includes 1 ticket to Dinosaurs Alive at the Empirical Theater
  • See "Down and Dirty Workbook April 2019" below for details on which NOVA: Down and Dirty requirements the Scouts will fulfill during the class.

Refund Policy
All Registrations are Nonrefundable.

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Important Notes

  • Students meet OMSI Educator outside the Science store by 9:45 AM to watch the movie. People are not allowed into the Empirical Theater once the film starts.
  • Class includes admission to science movie, Dinosaurs Alive, in the Empirical Theater.
  • General Admission and parking is not included with this program.
  • Parents and siblings can purchase additional tickets at the door to take part in the opening movie, Dinosaurs Alive.
  • OMSI staff will initial on their workbook all the requirements that the Scout has fulfilled during the class. The Scout will need to confirm this award activity with their Cubmaster and Advancement Chair.


10:00 AM to 10:50 AM - students watch Dinosaurs Alive in Empirical Theater
10:50 AM to 11:00 AM - break
11:00 AM to 12:45 PM - class in the Earth and Paleontology Labs


File Name Description
OMSI: Down and Dirty Event Workbook Download