A partnership between a science museum and a grocery store might not seem a likely pairing, but Whole Foods Market and COSI made for a great combination last Thursday. Whole Foods Market's Dublin location, a groundswell supporter of COSI's new WATER exhibition, welcomed COSI Team Members with our Science Spot traveling science kiosks for a special in-store appearance, and amazingly, donated 5% of the day's sales proceeds to COSI. That came to an amazing total of $4,937.90 that will be contributed to our mission.
With my colleagues Kevin Seymour, Christy Zistler, and Emily Campbell, we set up and staffed COSI's colorful Science Spots near the amazing aromas of Whole Food's coffee bar, plus an information table near the store's entrance, and spent the day talking with and engaging shoppers in hands-on science. Every hour or so, Kevin even made a cloud inside the store using super-cold liquid nitrogen, accidentally freezing a rubber Whole Foods mat, which seemed to recover nicely by the end of the day! Whole Foods shoppers were also able to try their luck at a prize wheel for a chance to win COSI passes, pedometers, and pocket frisbees, and to pick up a challenging WATER-themed scavenger hunt, with clues throughout the store.
The Whole Foods team could not have been more welcoming or generous, even supplying us with four gigantic freshly-baked pizzas for lunch (my favorite was the tasty vegan version). Thanks to the amazing Whole Foods team - and to all the shoppers who came by - for making this unlikely pairing a sweet-tasting success!Here’s a look at the pictures from the day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cosiscience/sets/72157629651865261/with/7008969597/
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