The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry turns to the science of....building with gingerbread!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Seen admiring their pyramid trap in their entry A Game of Cat & Mouse-oleum are Russell Kofford, and Tim Allred and Rachel Ciula, representing the team of WKR Engineers, Ankrom Moisan Architects and Delice Confections.  From now through New Year's Day, visitors to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), on S.E. Water Street just north of the Ross Island Bridge, will be marveling at the science behind a favorite Holiday pastime – the building of gingerbread "houses". They call it "Gingerbread Adventures".

While the seven different tableaus on display all feature tasty and aromatic feats of engineering, they wouldn't make the ideal dessert – because, for strength and to discourage bugs, the gingerbread slabs baked for these projects contain no sugar.

"In this, our third year, we asked the teams to use an Egyptian theme, reflecting our current King Tut exhibition," OMSI Events Manager Melony Beaird remarked, as the pastry chefs were putting finishing touches on their creations, back in mid-November.

"In addition to viewing these gingerbread creations, visitors to OMSI will find kids' activities – like learning how to create a cartouche, learning about hieroglyphs, filling in gingerbread coloring sheets, learning how to design your own Egyptian scene, and how to make origami," Beaird told THE BEE.

"So, you can see how this helps OMSI fulfill our mission: Highlighting architecture, food science, and other artistic and fun ways the children can learn – using food!" explained Beaird. "This display and its activities are included with guests' general admission; and OMSI is open late, until 7 p.m., through the Christmas Holidays."

The teams are competing for the "Gingerbread Adventures" People's Choice Awards; so OMSI guests are encouraged to see them and vote before the exhibit closes on January 1.

To learn more, get the address and even buy tickets online, see the OMSI website at

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