For Educators

Free COSI Teacher Resource Fair

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 10am-2pm | For All Grades | Free!

Visit COSI's classic exhibitions and meet representatives from your favorite Ohio organizations that support teachers. Includes free general admission to COSI for teachers, plus a free movie in COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, a free show in the Planetarium (both will be scheduled on date of visit with the Box Office) fun freebies, door prizes, and lots more!

This free event is EXCLUSIVELY for formal teachers, non-formal teachers, and afterschool educators. Teacher attendees must present a valid school ID, copy of a valid teaching certificate, school pay stub, or other proof of teacher status at check-in. Additional non-teacher guests must purchase COSI admission at the Box Office. Admission to COSI's ADVENTURE exhibition or Top Secret: License to Spy, is not included but may be purchased at the COSI Box Office. Homeschool educators may attend with proof of homeschool status, such as a letter from their school district confirming their homeschool status, or a valid membership card to a known homeschool association. One homeschool educator admitted free per homeschool family.

One Free Teacher Per Reservation

Please note there is a $8 per-car parking fee in the lots surrounding COSI. Please bring your parking ticket into COSI with you for validation to receive the discounted $5 per-car rate.

New this year! Keynote and breakout sessions provided by Discovery Education

Keynote Presentation
We Must Do These Things!

Speaker: Hall Davidson | Senior Director, Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education

It is the time of fabulous transition. How and why you should:

  • Start a media festival for teachers and students - see examples and models
  • Open closed-captions for reading support
  • Reemphasize vocalization-education with augmented and virtual realities
  • Make math digital with tools an techbooks
  • Examples to challenge students to go beyond what's real today
  • Expose students to the tech they'll need for career and life

  • And have a good time doing it!

    Click here to learn more about keynote speaker, Hall Davidson

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions
    Putting the STEAM in STEM by Finding Stories to Tell

    Students engage when they tell stories –and the digital transition has given STEM students and teachers story-­‐telling tools undreamed of ten years ago. Molecules, landforms, architecture, and mathematics can finally tell their story with animations, game-­‐based videos, and the wild web. There are apps that make it simple. New tools allow students to synthesize and demonstrate knowledge in ways that teachers can assess for understanding with great efficiency. Yes, an old cog can learn new tricks.

    Tricorders of the Brave New World
    Your device reveals outer space (live), your own follicles, or close-­‐ups of Van Gogh’s brush strokes. From opening locks to making replacement organs, see where life is headed and how classroom technology awakens student perspectives. Seismographs, sensors, heart beats, orrery, eyes for the blind, and more. Wearable tech, VR and AR have changed the world from auto repair to walks in the park. Let’s match Monday morning with tomorrow.

    Continue to look for more details in upcoming Teacher eNews.

    Please note, the keynote and breakout sessions are first-come, first-served.

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    Photos from previous Resource Fairs


    Past Resource Fair Exhibitor List

    Battelle Memorial Institute
    Columbus Museum of Art
    The Works
    Ohio Optometric Association - Real Eyes
    Recreation Unlimited
    Wexner Center for the Arts
    East Asian Studies Center
    Metro Parks
    SOLAE Foundation
    Nancy larson Publishers
    Columbus Zoo
    United Art & Education
    Elmer's Products Inc.
    Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
    Sci Supply
    Teaching and Learning Collaborative
    WOSU Public Media
    Columbus Dispatch Newspaper in Education
    Nature's Classroom
    Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
    NASA's Messenger Educational Program
    ODNR Division of Recycling
    Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Mohican School in the Out of Doors, Inc.
    Dawes Arboretum
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Ohio Historical Society
    Generation Rx Lab, OSU (Labs in Life)
    Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children
    Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District
    Ohio Resource Center
    FIP Your School
    Stone Lab
    The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coaliition