Announcing My Retirement Plans

I write this blog post with mixed emotions.

I just announced my plans to retire at the end of 2016 to spend more time with our daughters' families (including our adorable grandchildren), caring for aging parents and spending more time traveling with my wife Dottie.

When I joined COSI in early 2006, we were struggling while still adapting to our new, larger building, different style of experiences and seemingly remote location.  The first picture of the simple COSI name on a blank wall captures some of the challenges at that time. 

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Over the last 10 years, working with our team, community leaders and partners, we have strengthened COSI's reputation, financial strength and positive impact.  We have been named the #1 science center in the country by Parent's magazine, we have won an international award for our "Center of Science" model with embedded partners like WOSU and OSU's Labs for Life, and we were chosen to show our best as hosts of the international conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers in 2012. 


Exploring the Scientific Method

Following some scientific discoveries or reports you can often hear people say “Science is always changing; those scientists don’t really know what they are talking about!” One example is eggs and whether or not they are good for you, so let’s call this idea the “eggs argument”.

At first glance the eggs argument seems like a good retort to science as a system to explain the world. If a friend is always changing his story we call him unreliable. But upon further examination we find it to be lacking. I think that exploring my favorite book can help us counter the eggs argument against scientific reliability.

Fun With Flash Pickling

Welcome to what will hopefully be the first in a series of fun experiments with COSI. Usually when we are doing something cool in the building, be it a show or one of our hallway activities, we know what the outcome is going to be. For that reason we cannot properly call them experiments since we already know what is going to happen. That is why we always get excited when we run up against a question from a guest or another team member that we do not know the answer to. Last week we came upon one of these unanswered questions and knew it was time to try an experiment.

Live from Israel in the Planetarium!

When we invested in the advanced digital technology to reopen COSI’s Planetarium we knew that we could do much more in it than just traditional sky shows and even the new capacity to show full dome movies.

So it was a thrill to see the Congregation of  Tifereth Israel use COSI in a very creative and impactful way that started to show us our capacity to do special programming with partners who see the value in tapping our digital assets and willing to invest in program exploration with us.
Skyping on the dome with one of the young ladies featured in Jerusalem.

COSI Celebrates Week of the Young Child

Join COSI and celebrate Week of the Young Child on April 16-18th. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association.
Photo of a demonstration in little kidspace.
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