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02
August
2013

2001 on the Extreme Screen: A Visual (and Sound) Odyssey

I love Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I've seen this epic space film dozens of times since childhood, probably once or twice in a movie theater, but almost always at home on TV.

Yet, in a way, I'd never seen 2001 before last month.

That's because I finally saw it on COSI's Extreme Screen.
Logo of the Soviet (now Russian) airline AEROFLOT visible on the shoulder bags of guests aboard Space Station 5.
02
August
2013

Making is All About Trial and Error

I kicked off August in Big Kid Lab making paper flashlights! This is a project Leanna had done that I had been eager to do, however I was disappointed while teaching it to the Big Kid Lab staff that it only worked about half the time. So in true maker fashion we thought about ways to fix them to be easier to make for little hands and a higher rate of success. By cutting out the whole last connection we were able to come up with a way to make a button on the actual flashlight. As frustrating as it was that I hadn't had huge success at first with the project, making is all about trial and error and learning from failure.
Photo from Maker program.
31
July
2013

COSI's High School YOU.edit Program

On Friday, July 26th, COSI's high school YOU.edit program culminated in a showing of student-made films in Galaxy Theater.

The program, supported by MacNeil/Lehrer and designed/operated in conjunction with WOSU's Shawn Likley, introduced teens to the various aspects of video production. Shawn and I led workshops on camera settings, lighting techniques, storyboarding, and editing.
Photo from YOU.edit programs.
29
July
2013

Conductive Paintings in Maker Programs (Hannah's Take)

Today's activity was conductive paint! "Bare Paint" is a paint that once dry becomes conductive and can be set up as part of a circuit with a battery and LED to make the LED light up! We also had regular paint, so guests could paint a picture and then ad their light and conductive paint on top and create a unique creation! The project too longer than expected, but part of that was guests were just having so much fun painting! it also took time because we had to wait for the paint to dry for the paint to really be conductive. A lot of guests really thought the paint was cool and learned a lot about circuits!
Photo from weekend Maker programs.
29
July
2013

Conductive Paintings (Maker Programs)

Today in the Gadgets Cafe we played with conductive paint! We let the guests paint with acrylic paints and then helped them use conductive paint to connect a battery to an LED. This process took much longer than we had anticipated as we learned that you need to let the conductive paint dry for it to work best.
Photo of weekend Maker Programs.
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