Dave Buker is the Manager of Technology and Innovation Operations and has been with COSI since 2010. Along with other team members, he designs and operates a variety of maker, technology, and general science workshops. In his time away from COSI, Dave is an avid songwriter, a member of two bands (Dave Buker & the Historians / the Depths), and a film-score composer.
Did you know that COSI's Teen Tech Studio has a vinyl cutter? Well, now you do! And teens (12-19) can visit the Studio and use it for FREE (Wed 3-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm)
Wondering what you make with a vinyl cutter? Recently, I completed a project I've been working on for a while: a custom drum head. I documented the process to show you a bit about how to use the cutter...
Did you attend COSI's Camp-In over the winter and get to try our paper rocket launchers? Or maybe you're just curious about what a paper rocket launcher is? Check out this video that shows how the launchers are built and used for COSI activities. And look out, you never know when our team will have these available for you to try!
Last week, COSI and WOSU wrapped up this year's YOU.edit Video Journalism Lab (high school level) during which students learned a plethora of video production skills including camera functions, lighting, editing, and interview techniques.
COSI's Technology & Innovation team is experimenting with various "design-based learning" activities in Gadgets Cafe. What's design-based learning? These activities provide learners with the creative license to construct whatever they'd like...with some mild guidance.
Last week, COSI celebrated the opening of our new Teen Tech Studio during the Surge Ignite event. Our Surge partners (WOSU, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Wexner Center) each featured activities in their teen spaces and/or at COSI. Check out these pictures from the Ignite event.
COSI's T&I Specialist, Ryan Westhoven, recently built our first "moppy player". What's a moppy player? It's a series of 3 1/2 floppy computer drives (8, in this case) programmed and controlled through the use of an Arduino controller.
Join COSI team in Gadgets Cafe this weekend for some new "design-based learning" activities. We'll be playing with a plethora of common items (paper towel tubes, string, marbles, plastic cups, rubber bands, etc) to make Rube-Goldberg-style contraptions!!!
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.