For Families

Homeschool Workshops for Elementary & Middle Grades

Parents, learn with your elementary and middle school students using materials that you might not have at home (LEGO® robotics systems, soldering supplies, and more) to better understand science concepts. Participants socialize while exploring science careers, too! To register, please call 614.228.2674. The Manager of Education Services can be reached at 614.228.2674 X. 2357.

Please note that selected COSI program reservations are subject to a nominal processing fee. Proceeds from this fee help to support COSI, a not-for-profit organization. For selected programs, transaction fees may be waived for COSI Members as a benefit of membership.

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Beginner Robotics

Construct and learn to program your robot to perform very simple acts using the LEGO WeDo robotics system.

  • Program Date(s): November 18 or 19, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or November 21, 2015 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

Intermediate Robotics

Develop basic programming skills utilizing the LEGO MINDSTORM Robotics program. This workshop is best for ages 9 and up.

  • Program Date(s): January 20 or 21, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or January 23, 2016 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

Advanced Robotics

Hone your robotics programming skills and solve challenges using the LEGO NXT MINDSTORM robotics system.

  • Program Date(s): March 16 or 17, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or March 19, 2016 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

Simple Machines

Simple machines make our work easier. Learn about the six types of simple machines and their special purposes, while searching for examples of these machines in COSI’s exhibits. Using your knowledge, try your hand at creating a marshmallow catapault and compete with others to see how can launch the farthest.
  • Program Date(s): October 7 or 8, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or October 10, 2015 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

Circuits

Explore insulators, conductors, current, series and parallel circuits, and motors. Create different circuits using Snap CircuitsTM, as well as with common electrical equipment. Design and build your own Scribbler or Jitterbug from everyday items.
  • 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 and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

More like us - Humanoid Robots

Today's robots are simply amazing and it seems they are also becoming more and more like us. Engage in in activities that teach you about what it take to make a humanoid robot and why are we even attempting to create humanoids in the first place? This workshop will also feature a showing of Robots 3-D in the National Geographic Extreme Screen.
  • Program Date(s): December 2 or 3, 2015 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) December 5, 2015 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

Exploring Engineering

Engineering is one of the fastest growing fields in the US. What exactly is an engineer? Learn about the different types of engineers and what they do. Try your hand at creating buildings like a structural engineer, build a machine like a mechanical engineer, or explore solutions to problems like oil spill clean-up, just like a chemical engineer.
  • Program Date(s): January 6 or 7, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or January 9, 2016 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

Ocean Explorers - Whales

Can you hold your breath as long as a whale? How long can a whale really hold its breath? How do they camouflage? Learn about these and other amazing humpback whale adaptations for survival in the oceans of the world. This program will also include a showing of Humpback Whales 3-D, in the National Geographic Giant Screen theater.
  • Program Date(s): February 3 or 4, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or February 6, 2016 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

Force and Motion - Aerodynamics

Learn about the force and motion concepts that control aerodynamics. Discover the interplay of lift, thrust, drag, gravity as we experiment with paper airplanes. Is there a perfect plane design or way to “throw” a plane? Design your planes to fly farther, faster, and more streamlined than ever.
  • Program Date(s): March 2 or 3, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or March 5, 2016 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

Weather

Weather is all around us. Discover how air pressure, temperature, wind, and water work together to produce our weather patterns, both the everyday and extreme weather.
  • Program Date(s): April 6 or 7, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or April 9, 2016 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included

The Science of Art

Science and art naturally intertwine; from molecular structure, to the design elements of a leaf. Explore the aspects of light, color, shape, and others as we look at how art can be science too!
  • Program Date(s): May 4 or 5, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm) or May 7, 2016 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Member Cost: $27 for parent and child. Additional child $13.50
  • Non-Member Cost: $46 for parent and child. Additional child $23.00
  • COSI Admission: Included