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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.

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21st Century Learning Lab: Germs

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

  • Grade Levels: Grades 3-8
  • Number of Students: 30

3D Printing 201

n this workshop, participants will use Blender software to colorize and edit their 3D scans (created in Part 1) and print them on one of COSI’s 3D printers. Autodesk’s Inventor will also be introduced and used to design printable objects.
  • Program Date(s): November 11, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student + $10 lab fee
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration) + $10 lab fee
  • COSI Admission: Included

3D Printing 101

Participants will utilize Teen Tech Studio and learn Autodesk’s Tinkercad platform for 3D modeling. Through assistance from mentors, participants will design a house and 3D-print their design on one of COSI’s three 3D printers. Additionally, via an X-Box Kinect camera, each participant will be 3D scanned and saved as a printable file! Want to 3D print your scan? Check out part 2 of this workshop!
  • Program Date(s): November 4, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $17 per student + $10 lab fee
  • Non-Member Cost: $27 per student (plus a $1.00 registration fee per registration) + $10 lab fee
  • COSI Admission: Included

21st Century Learning Lab: DNA

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 Downing. 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 Dates:
2014: October 17, November 14, December 19
2015: January 23, February 13, March 6, April 17, May 22

  • Grade Levels: Grades 9-12

21st Century Learning Lab: Brain Chatter

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 Dates:
2014: October 10, 24
November 21 (Sold Out), December 5 (Sold Out), 12 (Sold Out)

  • Grade Levels: Grades 9-12

3, 2, 1...Build It!

3,2,1…let’s build! Get ready to investigate building materials and construction through this hands-on experience. Explore balancing, shapes, numbers, measurement, and more!

  • Grade Level: Preschool

3, 2, 1...Build It!

Build it, stack it, construct! Be a construction worker as you use real tools and materials to carry out investigations.

  • Grade Level: 18-36mos