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Interactive Videoconferencing

Science Delivered at the Speed of Light

Videoconferencing connects your students with scientists, doctors, and experts in their fields with a LIVE interactive two-way experience with your school or from COSI.

With COSI's Videoconferencing Programs, You Can...

  • Give your students a surgeon's-eye view of a live knee replacement procedure.
  • Have your class view a tape of an actual autopsy narrated by a forensic pathologist.
  • Discuss cutting edge research with professionals in science, math, engineering, and other exciting fields.
  • Learn videoconference etiquette and be professional during a program.

About COSI Interactive Videoconferences
COSI videoconferencing connects your students with scientists, doctors, and experts in their fields with a LIVE interactive two-way experience with your school or from COSI. COSI Interactive Videoconference programs fulfill the Scientific Inquiry and Application Components of the Ohio College and Career Ready Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

What Equipment Do I Need for a Videoconference?
Connect to COSI’s award-winning interactive programs through videoconference equipment (Cisco/Tandberg, Polycom, or Lifesize) OR for select programs through any web-connected device (SMART Board, computer, or iPad).

What Are My Options for Methods of Connecting to COSI?

  • Videoconference Codec (Cisco/Tandberg, Polycom, or Lifesize) - We recommend a minimum connection speed of 512 kbps.
  • Web Connected Device (SMART Board, Computer, Laptop) - We highly recommend a wired connection.

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.

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Videoconferencing Programs

In Depth: Autopsy

Follow a videotape of an actual autopsy accompanied by live narration by a pathology resident. Participants must work through the "case" and solve for cause of death.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 10-Adult

Surgical Suite: Total Knee Replacement

See live surgery, ask questions, and interact via videoconference with surgeons and medical personnel in a real hospital operating room.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 6-Adult

Gadget Works

Pick from Force & Motion or Simple Machines! In Force & Motion, learn about forces and motion by taking apart wind-up toys. In Simple Machines, help identify simple machines inside wind-up toys.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 2-6

Forensic Psychology

In this interactive session, Dr. Kukor will guide participants through a step-by-step forensic analysis of a complex forensic case involving claimed insanity.

  • Standards: current events | law | psychology

Expert: YOU Become the Pharmacist!

Students interact with two professional pharmacy students from Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 7-12

In Depth: Kidney Transplant

Follow the story of Tyler's kidney transplant while viewing a taped kidney transplant surgery narrated live by a member of the Ohio State University's Comprehensive Transplant Team. Sponsored by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 9-Adult

New! Engineering Challenge

In this two part videoconference, students will explore the challenges of life on Mars and design the best possible wheels for a remotely operated vehicle while interacting with a Subject Matter Expert from NASA.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 5-8


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