Flight: Blogging from 38,000ft

Since my daughter was born nearly three years ago, I haven't traveled much. So it was with a lot of excitement that I boarded a flight this morning to attend a conference in Portland, OR.

Ever since I was a kid (remember when you still got little plastic wings instead of a full body scan?) I have loved flying. At 14 I was lucky enough to take some flying lessons and I've never fallen out of love with the science of flight, nor have I lost my appreciation for the physics of it.

Lift. Thrust. Weight. Drag.
It seems so simple... just four small words. But, the mechanics of flight are nothing short of amazing.

Right now, I'm inside an aluminum frame that is capable of lifting and holding 154,500 pounds of weight in to the air while cruising at 593mph thanks to two massive high-pressure turbofans producing 49,200lbs of forward thrust.

Airplane wing in flight

Meet COSI’s newest basketball stars!

It's been an exciting Spring in the locker room at COSI, as we've watched our newest pair of rats fly through their basketball training. Penny and Bernadette played their first game for a crowd of screaming fans last week, breaking some pretty impressive training records. What makes this pair so exceptional? Our average training time is about 5-6 months, from the first day in the training court to the first public show. It can take up to 8 months for a rat to master her basketball skills, and some rats have breezed through training in about 4 months. Penny and Bernadette spent just three and a half months perfecting their skills, our current record for the fastest learners!

Exoskeletons - No longer a device of fiction

When I hear the world "Exoskeleton" I immediately think of some high powered, super stealthy, robot out of a movie, but during my daily readings, I stumbled across an exciting article highlighting yet another innovative and interesting medical advancement. CNN sat down with Ekso Bionics to learn more about the "Ekso".

An Egg-citing Member Weekend at COSI

At COSI, we love to see families having fun while learning together. Last weekend we provided the opportunity to do just that at our 2nd annual Member Eggstravagant Scavenger Hunt! This event was designed to combine COSI's unique brand of learning and fun with a traditional holiday festivity.

Unlike the typical egg hunt, the Eggstravagant Scavenger Hunt gives COSI member families the chance to earn eggs and prizes by answering exhibit-based riddles and completing family challenges.
Photo from COSI Member Egg Scavenger Hunt Event

A Special Day!

Exactly 49 years ago today, COSI opened its doors on Easter Sunday in the old Memorial Hall on 280 E. Broad St.

Sandy Hallock (read more about him at had developed a dream for a new Columbus institution based on his lifelong interest in science and technology. His enthusiasm and vision gained the critical support of Hershel Stephan, Walter English, Preston Wolfe and the Franklin Historical Society Board (including Tad Jeffrey as a member). On opening day they welcomed over 5,000 people to see this new entity, COSI, helping launch a new era of what has become known as the worldwide science center movement -- with COSI one of its recognized founders and leaders.

A photo of 280 East Broad Street
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