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Early Childhood Outreach

Recommended for Preschool – Grade 1

Meet and touch living animals! Design, build, and test using magnetic blocks! Use real tools to get work done! Explore the inner workings of the human body! Discover the ingredients of a storm right in your classroom!
COSI’s signature inquiry-based, hands-on learning comes right to your classroom in these incredible discovery programs! Led by an enthusiastic COSI Outreach Educator, each Early Childhood Outreach Workshop features a STEM career focus, guided discovery introduction, hands-on activity centers for open exploration, and a developmentally appropriate literature connection read-aloud.

Cost: $195 per session

The program cost includes:
• A one-hour interactive program for up to 30 learners led by an engaging COSI Educator
• All materials needed
• COSI-style extension activity write-ups to use before and after our visit
• All mileage and travel fees with no minimum session requirement*
• NEW! PLUS one COSI admission voucher for each program participant

*Available in Ohio’s Franklin, Union, Delaware, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, and Licking Counties. Additional travel fees or session minimums may apply beyond.

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.

Reservations: Chelsie Webster, 614-629-3182, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm), or use the button below to access our Reservation Request Form:

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Machines & Motion

NEW! Investigate the science behind simple machines, gravity, magnetism, and more! This one-of-a-kind hands-on outreach program brings the physics of force and motion to life. First, we’ll explore force – the “push and pull” that powers our world as we build ramps, “fish” for magnets, and explore chemical reactions. Then, you’ll become a physicist yourself to build gravity-powered magnetic marble courses, put torque to the test using real tools, build using magnetic blocks, use levers to launch payloads, and more…! Scientists use machines and motion to explore the world around us. But the most important gadget of all? Your brain!

  • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 1

Let's Get Moving!

Explore body awareness, nutrition, and health in this energizing hands-on program! First, we’ll examine the ways that our bodies move and work – both inside and out. Then, you’ll see what it’s like to become a physician yourself as you encounter the science behind the incredible human body! You’ll assemble real X-rays into a human skeletal system, measure your active heart rate, explore balance, test your senses, and learn through play using real medical tools!

  • Grade Level: Toddler - Grade 1

Stormy Science

Rain or shine, weather is science at work! What ingredients does it take to bring a storm to life? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll become a meteorologist to find out. You’ll see how scientists measure rainfall, examine temperature with real ice spheres, use patterns to create musical sound storms, and even make real clouds right in the classroom. And – even though we can’t see wind – you’ll see the amazing things it can do in our five-foot tall standing wind tube!

  • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 1

Animal Tales

In this wild hands-on program, you’ll encounter habitats, adaptations, and the science behind what all living things need as you meet and touch some of COSI’s real animals! Then, you’ll become a zoologist yourself and examine real animal furs, construct your own paw print “animal trails,” view real animal X-rays, and get up close and personal with living worms! Best of all, you can build a healthy habitat around a real, living reptile and watch her explore her new home!

  • Grade Level: Toddler - Grade 2

Junior Engineer

Design, build, test, and redesign! Engineers use energy, math, and science to solve problems as they design the roads, bridges, buildings, and schools we see every day. We’ll start by exploring the energy around us – at work whenever something lights up, makes noise, or moves – and see how it flows through circuits. Then, you’ll become an engineer yourself as you build sky-high standing towers, energize light bulbs, program real robots, and even design, build and test your own floating boats to see how much mass they can carry without sinking!

  • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 1

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