COSI is a nationally esteemed science center that has delighted Central Ohio with all things science for 55 years, inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and delivering our experiential, "hands-on fun" brand of learning. As a trusted educational resource for families, schools, and community partners, COSI is an essential element of our community, engaging more than one million people annually through onsite, offsite, and online experiences.
To plan a visit and learn more about the adventures you can find at COSI, check out cosi.org.
Have you heard of or tried 3D printing before? In this activity, you will learn a bit about the first part of 3D printing: using a computer to create your 3D design. This is called 3D modeling, or CAD: Computer-Aided Design.
Use the coloring page created by the Art Director and Designer at Virgin Hyperloop to color the Hyperloop XP-1 vehicle. Then, imagine you are an art director for a transportation technology company and draw a technology of the future!
Learn about modern animals who, like dinosaurs, use fancy features to grab the attention of possible mates. Then, use what you learned to create the most attention-grabbing dinosaur display since the Mesozoic!
Proprioception is a sense of the body of its place and position in space - sometimes thought of as a sixth sense. In this activity, try some experiments that explore the unique functions of the body and brain.
Newton\'s Third Law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In this activity, you will use that principle to make a balloon powered pinwheel!
Have you ever noticed that different species of birds have very different types of beaks? In this activity, learn about adaptation and how a bird\'s beak shape helps them to find food and survive in their environment.
In just one day, the heart pumps approximately 1,900 gallons of blood through the body! Today, see if you can move water as fast as your heart can move blood!
A BioBlitz is a way for our community to work together to find as many species as possible in Ohio during the four days of the Science Festival. You can participate by simply snapping photos of plants and animals in the wild and uploading them to the free app iNaturalist. Observations will be made available to naturalists and researchers. Let\'s explore Ohio\'s biodiversity!
Have you ever wondered, how does nature do it? In this activity, learners will investigate examples of biomimicry. Then, they will take a moment to step into nature and observe, looking for and appreciating the incredible structures and processes utilized by organisms every day.
Can you identify birds that you see outside? With this activity and our handy list of birds of Ohio, you\'ll be on your way to identifying birds in your backyard in no time!
Once you\'re done with a roll of toilet paper, there are a lot of creative things you can do with the tube itself - including several science demonstrations! Here\'s one to try: make your own model well.
Construct a rocket powered by the pressure generated from an effervescing antacid tablet reacting with water. Build a launch pad for your rocket and then watch it blast off!
An electromagnet may seem like a very complicated contraption, but you can actually build a simple one at home! You just need a few supplies that you can pick up at a hardware store.
COSI Connects launches audiences of all ages into a universe of science through online videos, activities, plus a free mobile app that enables science exploration even when offline. COSI Connects is helping to bridge the digital divide, promote digital literacy, and address critical science education needs simultaneously. This repository of activities and videos is for learners of all ages and is a great supplement to at-home learning or for use in the classroom.
These jars are a fun way for little ones to enjoy bright colors and glitter, and they also work well for calming breaks - shake up a bottle and watch quietly as it settles.
When an object is moving in a curved or circular path, centripetal force is what keeps the object on that curved path. In this activity, explore centripetal force at home; see if you can spin a bucket of water in a circle without spilling!
Have you seen the chair challenge? It turns out that this challenge is a fun way to discuss scientific concepts. In this activity, complete a series of challenges and discuss them in terms of gravity and center of gravity.
Grab some chocolate and explore the science behind it! First, observe different kinds of chocolate and see what differences you notice. Then, try your hand at tempering chocolate to see if you can achieve the most desirable crystal structure - form V!
Did you know that you do not have to be a trained scientist to participate in cutting-edge scientific research? Learn about citizen scientists who have made valuable contributions to research projects and begin your own citizen science journey!
You don\'t have to be a trained scientist to participate in cutting-edge research; you just need to be able to use the internet. Practice your digital literacy skills as you begin your own citizen science journey.
Have you seen litter around your community? Plan a trip with members of your household to go out and clean up the community! You can clean up a neighborhood, local park, or hiking trail. Find tips, safety instructions, and best practices in the activity.
Use some kitchen tools and cookies to practice excavation. See if paleontology or archaeology might just be a good future career path for you!
Create puppets that show some of the differences between an alligator and a crocodile. Then conduct an experiment to see one reason alligators or crocodiles may be laying around with their mouths open.