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Connecting from my school

Reservations for schools across the country and internationally connecting remotely to COSI for videoconference programs may be made through COSI’s online reservations system.

Coming to COSI

For schools, homeschool families, or individuals without access to videoconference equipment, live audiences are welcome to participate in Surgical Suite: Total Knee Replacement and In Depth: Autopsy from the comfort of COSI’s Galaxy Theater located on Level 2. Please call COSI (toll-free) at 888.819.2674 for dates and reservations.

COSI After Dark

It's COSI without kids! Geek out with grown-ups and explore COSI, get lost in Adventure, enjoy special themed activities, and a cash bar.

Upcoming COSI After Dark Themes:
September 3rd - Space!
October 1st - Sci-Fi Science
November 5th - Tasty Science

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COSI Academy

COSI Academy is a career exploration program for high school students considering science, technology, engineering, math, and health careers.
Now accepting applications for the COSI Academy 2015-2016 school year.

Grade Level: High School Students

COSI in the Classroom

A COSI Educator will bring all the materials for these one-hour, 30-student workshops to your classroom.

Career Exploration and Teen Experiences

COSI introduces students who dream of pursuing careers in science, math, engineering, or technology to professional scientists - giving them unique access to real world science. Students participate in lab experiments, learn to work together, and have fun!

COSI Academy


When school is out, COSI is in! School's Out Camps provide the perfect opportunity for campers to stay scientific outside of school.

Rising K-1st Graders

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Certified Educator Discounts

Certified Educator Discounts

Certified Teachers: $10 Admission, a savings of more than 40%! Teachers also qualify for discounted memberships.

Columbus Member Advantage

  • Start Date: Wednesday, 01 January 2014
  • End Date: Thursday, 31 December 2015

COSI Academy

COSI Academy is a career exploration program for high school students considering science, technology, engineering, math, and health careers. Academy students meet at COSI on the first Saturday of each month from October through May with additional opportunities throughout the school year.

COSI Academy students meet at COSI on the first Saturday of each month from October to May. Each meeting includes a field trip to area labs and technology companies, or to colleges and universities offering science programs. In addition to monthly meetings and field trips during the school year, COSI Academy students take a one day college visit in early summer.

"I've been obsessed with science for as long as I can remember. I have an innate need to understand the world around me. Although some of that need is met through advanced science classes and independent study, nothing has opened me to the world of science like COSI Academy... COSI Academy has given me more opportunities than I'd have ever dreamed of, and I've loved every minute of it." --Laura, Dublin Coffman Senior

Annual COSI Academy tuition includes all monthly meetings and monthly field trips: $325 for COSI Members; $400 for nonmembers.

Scholarships are available.

COSI Academy Schedule 2015-2016

October 3, 2015 TBA
November 7, 2015 Medical Simulation with Mt. Carmel
December 5, 2015 TBA
January 9, 2016 TBA
February 6, 2016 Engineering with Honda of America
March 5, 2016 TBA
April 9, 2016 Nutritional Science with Abbott R&D
May 7, 2016 TBA

Co-Ed/Family Overnight, Grades 1-8

  • 2013 Theme: 60-Second Science
  • Boys/Girls/Co-ed: Co-ed
  • Grade Level: Grades 1-8
  • Available Dates:
  • Saturday, February 23, 2013

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
Current Conditions

Current Conditions

Bring the amazing world of weather into your school with COSI's Current Conditions program. With the help of COSI's "meteorologist-in-training," you'll explore how weather affects life on Earth everyday and learn about technology used by today's top forecasters. Students will test their forecasting skills, explore meteorological instruments, and discover why it's important to monitor extreme weather events.

  • Grade Level: Grades K-6
  • Standards: Earth & Space Science | Physical Science
COESRA Discount

COESRA Discount

$2.00 off exhibit admission with COESRA card. Applies to COESRA card holder and dependent children only.

Cabbage Patch Chemistry: Sizzling Acids & Fizzling Bases

Students cure a patient's belly blunders by using cabbage juice to identify the acids and bases in his diet. Concepts: acid/base chemistry, chemical reactions, human anatomy & physiology.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 3-6
  • Number of Students: 12 - 15 per session

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Catalyst, COSI’s Celebration of Inspiration, is an annual luncheon event unlike any other, featuring elements of COSI’s live shows, hands-on activities, and exciting demonstrations as the backdrop to a program that will highlight COSI’s mission to inspire interest in science and encourage people to want to learn more about their world.

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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

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

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

COSI Members Save $2 Off General Admission at the Newport Aquarium

Now through September 7, 2015, show your valid COSI Membership card and a photo ID for $2 off general admission at the Newport Aquarium! The Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. You'll be amazed at all there is to see and do, including fun and interactive activities, like touching a shark or meeting a penguin. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located only two minutes from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee. For Newport Aquarium operating hours, directions, and details, please visit

  • Start Date: Thursday, 28 May 2015
  • End Date: Monday, 07 September 2015


  • Program Date(s): November 4 or 5, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or November 7, 2015 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent/child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

Collection From Artist Rachel Schutt

Fine artist Rachel Schutt is a 2010 graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design and proud studio tenant/member of the largest makers space in the world, Columbus Idea Foundry. Rachel's work has been selected for Ohio Art League's juried exhibitions including their Spring Juried Exhibition. Rachel's watercolors and mixed media paintings are greatly influenced by observable nature, breakthroughs in astrophysics, quantum electrodynamics, and geometry. This body of work was constructed to raise awareness for science education and explore the concepts of applied astrophysics.

Costume Fun & Run
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Put on your best costume and head to COSI for the COSI Costume Fun & Run. The event features a 5K race and one mile Family Fun Walk, all with a COSI twist. All participants receive an event t-shirt, food and beverages at the finish line celebration, and a general admission pass to COSI. Thanks to all that attended our inaugural event. To view photos from the 2014 COSI Costume Fun & Run, click here.

Registration will open soon. For questions or event information or to register as a volunteer, contact Rebecca Bailey at 614.629.3228.