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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

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…Build It! allows students to build with a COSI educator as they explore shapes and numbers to construct a variety of structures. Preschool Outreach is a 45 minute session that consists of a group demonstration and activity centers, with each session accommodating 20 or fewer students. The session times are scheduled by the person at your school who coordinates the Preschool Outreach events.

  • Grade Level: Preschool

3, 2, 1 Blast Off!

Countdown, 3, 2, 1…Blast off together as we investigate astronauts and rockets in this spacey workshop.

  • Program Date(s):
  • Friday, November 7, 2014 (9:15 am – 10:15 am) or (10:45 am – 11:45 am)
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 (10:45 am – 11:45 am)

"Pandas" Movie

Join us for Sensory Friendly Movies at COSI! During these movies, we turn up the lights, lower the volume, and experience one of COSI’s movies on our digital state-of-the art National Geographic Giant Screen in a more sensory-friendly environment. Pandas are a lovable, iconic, and — unfortunately — highly endangered species. In "Pandas: The Journey Home," meet the dedicated team working tirelessly to save these captivating creatures from extinction. Movie running time is approximately 40 minutes.

  • Date & Time: Sunday, September 21, 2014 (12:15pm-1:15pm)
  • For Ages: Suitable for All Ages
  • Non-Members: $6.00/ticket
  • Members: $5.50/ticket