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Designing Our World – An OMSI, Portland Water Bureau Partnership

Designing Our World, a new exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) aims to engage underrepresented youth, especially girls, in engineering. OMSI is highlighting the ways in which engineering serves the community and is an important part of everyday life. The exhibition focuses on eight design challenges and visitors can engineer our city with scenarios such as miniature tsunami shelters, the role of gravity in the Portland water system, and bioswales. These collaborative activities were selected for their personal relevance to local residents, and in particular, the water main and bioswale activities allow visitors to engage with creative designs that affect their daily lives yet are often invisible.

These interactive exhibits are supported with engineering profiles featuring local professionals, including Teresa Elliott, the Portland Water Bureau’s first woman Chief Engineer.

“I had a teacher once who told me that women did not have the temperament for math and science. I didn’t mind proving him wrong,” said Teresa. “I am where I am because I love my job, I’m committed to building and maintaining a safe and resilient water system and I have a personal touch that is not necessarily common with my generation of engineers.”

Next time you and your family visit OMSI, stop by the Designing Our World exhibit to dream up your vision of our city, and get to know some of the people who are engineering the real thing.

The Portland Water Bureau and OMSI are proud to partner to help children learn more about their water and its role in our city.

About the Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau provides the highest quality water, customer service and stewardship of the critical infrastructure, fiscal, and natural resources entrusted to our care. For general information, call 503-823-7404 or visit

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit


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