For Educators

Afterschool Workshops

COSI offers 45-to-60-minute K-12 Afterschool Workshops designed just for afterschool providers that meet the Ohio New Learning Standards and the needs of each school and K-12 student. Each workshop accommodates up to 30 students and:

  • Uses inquiry-based learning to explore science
  • Makes science accessible to all K-12 students
  • Excites lifelong learning in science and other content areas

Available in Ohio’s Franklin, Union, Delaware, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, and Licking Counties.

Each COSI Afterschool Workshop includes:

  • Facilitation by a trained COSI outreach educator
  • Extension activities available online
  • Hands-on science experiments
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Supplies provided by COSI
  • Connections to other content areas

COSI Afterschool Workshop pricing:
One session (approximately 45 to 60 minutes): $170

Reservations: call 614.228.2674 x2336 (Mon-Sat, 9am-4pm) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Reservation and Cancellation Policy
Full payment is due one month prior to your program date unless a previously agreed upon payment time line has been established. Cancellations made less than one month prior to your program date are non-refundable. Up to two weeks prior to your program date, programs may be rescheduled to a new date within the same school year one time at no penalty. You must contact COSI at least two weeks prior to your program date to be eligible to reschedule or the ability to transfer the credit to another session will be forfeited. Changes made less than two weeks prior to your date will not be refunded. Weather-related cancellations can be rescheduled to a new date within the same school year at no penalty as long as COSI is notified within two hours of the program start time. Weather-related cancellations that aren't rescheduled into a new date within the same school year will not be refunded.

Please note that selected COSI program reservations are subject to a nominal processing fee. Proceeds from this fee help to support COSI, a not-for-profit organization. For selected programs, transaction fees may be waived for COSI Members as a benefit of membership.

Available Workshops

Force & Motion

Energy is all around us in many different forms, but how does it work? Explore how contact and noncontact forces can create motion through hands-on experiments, including magnets and other tools. Learn about poles, create a maglev train, feel electromagnetic forces, and learn how they relate to COSI’s Ring Launcher.

  • Grade Level: Grades K-4

Beginner Robotics

Discover how robots are made and how they perform tasks. You become the engineer and design a program for your robot! Build a simple LEGO® WeDo robot and learn the importance of programming.

  • Grade Level: Grades K-4

Gross Science

Let’s get gross and explore the inner workings of our bodies, ruminate about runny noses, and dive into digestion. Gross Science dives into the functions of your body through experiments that simulate how your body works. Learn why it's so important to keep your body healthy!

  • Grade Level: Grades K-4

Weather

To predict the weather, you have to understand it. Through hands-on experiments, you'll see how a change in air pressure can affect an object, understand how hot and warm molecules act, and even make a cloud!

  • Grade Level: Grades K-4

Crazy Coasters

Explore force and motion as you work together to build a roller coaster. Put the force of gravity to work in COSI’s marble challenge. Engage in a hands-on experience to understand the science and design process that goes into engineering your favorite roller coasters.
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Intermediate Robotics

Become part of an engineering team using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS robotics system. Learn what it means to program a robot to complete tasks. Put your new-found knowledge to the test to complete our robot obstacle course!
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Crime Scene Investigation

With the help of chemistry, biology, and an inquiring mind, become a Crime Scene Investigator. Use your powers of observation to discover clues from a crime scene in your classroom. Use science to uncover the meaning of each clue to catch the culprit before it’s too late!
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Plant Dissection

To understand how a plant works, it helps to take it apart. With the guidance of a COSI Team Member, you'll dissect flowers to see the purpose of the different structures found in flowering plants.
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Catapults, Trebuchets, & Physics—Oh My!

Discover force and motion by observing model medieval siege machines. Using the scientific process, design, build, test, and redesign your very own catapult or trebuchet using recycled materials. Discover how physics played a role in medieval weaponry!
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12

Advanced Robotics

Using a LEGO® WeDo robot, discover how to program and complete a series of challenges. Try to complete all of the challenges before time runs out!
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12

DNA: The Foundation for YOU

Explore the mechanics of how DNA functions in this workshop. Discover how DNA is read by the cells and how these genes are passed through different generations. We'll even extract DNA from broccoli!
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12

Cow Eye Dissection

Diagrams can only take you so far. To really understand what’s going on inside of the eye, why not cut one open? An experienced COSI Team Member will lead your class through an exciting, slimy, and scientific dissection of a cow’s eye in order to better understand how your own eyes function.
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12

Sheep Brain Dissection

Discover the world of our brain and experience your lobes in action! An experienced COSI Team Member will lead your class through a dissection of a sheep brain in order to better understand how your own brain functions.
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12