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21st Century Learning Labs

Invest your school’s 21st Century dollars in these new highly-structured programs from COSI that provide hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences on selected dates.

Free Admission for Chaperones & Teachers! Schools participating in COSI’s 21st Century Learning Labs in, October, or November 2014 will receive free admission for your group’s chaperons and teachers (within a 1:5 ratio). Call 614.228.2674 for details.

Health-Related Programming Presented by: Cardinal Health

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.

Overpayments will be refunded in the manner in which they were received.

21st Century Learning Lab: Germs

Grades: 3-8
Price: $20 per person*

Unpack a box of 21st century skills in this structured 3.5-hour COSI program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes:

  • COSI general admission
  • 45-minute Germinator workshop in COSI’s Labs in Life with Ohio State University researcher Dr. Molly Brown where you’ll develop a hand sanitizer and test its effectiveness
  • Fight Germs, Stay Healthy, a 45-minute workshop conducted by the COSI Team, where we’ll discover how our bodies protect us from germs
  • Influenza! In the Columbus Historical Society gallery at COSI, learn about the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and see how Columbus’ approach saved thousands of lives

Available On:
2014: October 8, 15, 22, November 12, 19, December 10, 17

21st Century Learning Lab: DNA

Grades: 7-12
Price: $20 per person*

Explore the individuality and complex body design of living things in this highly-structured 3.5-hour program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes:

  • COSI general admission
  • Funky Fruit Flies, a 45-minute workshop in COSI’s Labs in Life with Ohio State University’s Dr. Molly Brown. Can DNA determine how well we respond to a drug? Find out as we observe wildtype & mutant fruit flies exposed to alcohol
  • 45-minute DNA: The Foundation for YOU workshop, where your students will learn about DNA and how it relates to cellular structure and expression of characteristics
  • "Surgical Suite: Total Knee replacement," a powerful learning experience for students and adults that lets you ask questions and interact via videoconference with surgeons and medical personnel in a real hospital operating room.

Available On:
2014: October 17, November 14 (Sold Out), December 19
2015: January 23, February 13, March 6, April 17, May 22

21st Century Learning Lab: Brain Chatter

Grades: 9-12
Price: $20 per person*

Explore the interactions of the brain with the bodily functions it controls in this highly-structured 3.5-hour program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes:

  • COSI general admission
  • Brain Chatter 45-minute workshop: can a drug alter how our neurons talk to each other? Explore this question using live crickets and real electrophysiology equipment
  • Sheep Brain Dissection - Explore animal anatomy and discover the body functions that our brains control in this 45-minute sheep brain dissection
  • In Depth: Autopsy Live - An Ohio State University pathology resident will join your students live as they observe a 90-minute recorded human autopsy from beginning to end. Your students must use information gathered during the program and post-visit activities to determine the cause of death.

Available On:
2014: October 10 & 24 (Sold Out), November 21 (Sold Out), December 5 & 12 (Sold Out)

21st Century Learning Lab: From Plants to Pharmacy—Exploring Pharmacology

Grades: 3-8
Price: $20 per person*

Explore pharmacology and the plants that play an important role in development of medicines. This 3.5-hour program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion includes two 45-minute workshops and a documentary film on Ohio’s largest digital movie screen:

  • COSI general admission
  • Medicine In My Backyard: Why do plants make medicine for humans? Explore this question in this 45-minute workshop as we discover new antibiotics from plants or synthesize aspirin from willow tree bark.
  • From Plants to Pharmacy: The history of pharmaceuticals starts with plants. By better understanding plant structure and function we can better understand pharmaceuticals. Through this 45-minute workshop, students will be able to better link plants to the medicines we use today.
  • National Geographic Giant Screen Movie - "Kingdom of Plants." 3D technology reveals a whole new dimension in the lives of plants, from the most bizarre to the most beautiful. Shot over the course of a year, David Attenborough explores their fascinating world.

Available On:
2014: October 9, 23, November 6
2015: January 21, 28, February 11, 25, March 11, April 8, 15, 29, May 6, 20

NEW for Spring 2015! 21st Century Learning Lab: Stellar Studies

Available Spring 2015

Grades: 4-8 Price: $20 per person

Explore the stars and beyond in this new program. This 3.5-hour program focuses on cross-curricular learning immersion and includes two 45-minute workshops presentation in COSI’s new Planetarium.

  • COSI general admission
  • COSI Planetarium Show (title to be announced)
  • COSI Astronomy Workshop (program content to be announced)

2015: January 16 (Sold Out), 20, February 12, 18, 20, March 12, 13, April 9, 10, 24, May 1, 7, 8, 13, 14

Generation Rx Lab

The Generation Rx Lab is an innovative, educational experience within the Labs in Life exhibit at COSI and run by scientists from the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State. In this lab, your students can conduct hands-on experiments that apply science inquiry skills and provide an engaging platform to learn basic biology and chemistry concepts.

View Available Lab Experiences.