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COSI is Columbus' dynamic hands-on science center and was recently named the #1 science center in the country by Parents Magazine. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibitions and over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 7-story Extreme Screen Theater with the largest screen in Ohio, an outdoor science park, a special area for tiny explorers ages 0 through Kindergarten, and the country's only high-wire unicycle. COSI also offers a variety of special events, family programs, camps, and more.


Explore the Wonders of Your Own Backyard!

Backyard Science Day is March 24, 2012 at COSI

3.23.2012 (Columbus, Ohio) – COSI and ScottsMiracle-Gro are pleased to present Backyard Science Day for the second year. Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 11:00am to 3:30pm, experts from ScottsMiracle-Gro will help COSI guests explore all there is to know about their own backyard.

“We are delighted to be partnering again with ScottsMiracle-Gro for Backyard Science Day,” said David E. Chesebrough, Ed.D., President and CEO of COSI. “It’s a great way for our guests to engage with experts at ScottsMiracle-Gro as well as learning valuable information about the science behind growing plants.”

COSI and ScottsMiracle-Gro will use interactive hands-on demonstrations plus take-home materials to help kids cultivate their green thumbs.

“ScottsMiracle-Gro is committed to educating young people on the science of gardening and nurturing their curiosity about the outdoors,” said Bruce Caldwell, Global R&D Leader, ScottsMiracle-Gro. “We are proud of our partnership with COSI, a staple in the Columbus community.”

Activities will teach kids about soil, how plants grow, what seeds need to grow, how to make their own bird seed and they'll learn about edible gardening, especially city gardening. Kids can learn about soil, what nutrients seeds need to grow and plant starter plants during a growing workshop in Lilypad. Dale Gnidovec from OSU Geology will also identify any rocks or fossils that people bring in from home.

Visitors can go even deeper with our Earthworm Dissection Workshop. Find out what makes them so important and take home a starter worm farm kit. $5 per person, reserve in advance by calling 614.228.2674.

Backyard Science Day is free with COSI admission.

COSI, the Center of Science and Industry located in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the most respected science centers in the nation — serving close to 30 million visitors since 1964. Parents Magazine recently named COSI the #1 Science Center in the Country. COSI’s programs and world-class experiences inspire an interest in science encourage people to want to learn more about their world. Read more at

Written by: Jaclyn Reynolds


Take a Deeper Look at Earth’s Most Precious Resource

Water opens at COSI March 17, 2012

3.2.2012 (Columbus) – WATER. It nourishes every living thing on Earth. It makes our planet livable. It is both wasted and treasured, and is the subject of a thought-provoking and engaging new exhibition for the whole family coming to COSI. WATER is a timely, in-depth, and interactive exhibition that puts our planet’s most precious resource in a new light. WATER illuminates the many challenges related to humanity’s sustainable management and use of this life-giving, yet finite, resource. This exciting new exhibition explores the ways water shapes life on Earth and the actions you can take to help preserve it.

“WATER is a unique exhibition that will give guests a deeper understanding of our most precious resource using the engaging qualities and experiences COSI is known for,” said David E. Chesebrough, Ed. D., President and CEO of COSI. “Throughout the world, there are places where water is a scarcity and others that possess it in abundance, and we are connected to all of them by necessity. This exhibition addresses the most compelling water-related issues facing societies and ecosystems around the globe, challenging you to learn how personal choices and actions can help sustain this precious resource for our children and generations to come.”

In the Exhibition:

  • Imaginative presentation techniques, including a 68-inch globe displaying composite satellite images of Earth that give visitors a firsthand experience of the power and importance of water.
  • More than 90 artifacts and models highlight diverse cultural and spiritual aspects of water, including the role water has played in the rise of civilizations around the world. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are challenged to reconsider the way they view water—to see it not as a limitless resource to be taken for granted, but as the finite and precious resource it truly is.
  • Interactive components illustrate how water has shaped our planet – such as a towering walk-through reconstruction of a water-carved slot canyon, giving visitors a deeper appreciation of water’s ability to physically sculpt our surroundings.
  • Contemplative space displaying examples of the role water has played in art and culture around the world allows visitors to reflect on water’s unique ability to enrich our human experience.
  • Experience WATER – a limited-engagement exhibition—at COSI from March 17 – September 3, 2012. Entry to WATER is included with COSI Membership or general admission.

This exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( and Science Museum of Minnesota ( in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore and PUB Singapore.

COSI will be open seven days a week March 19 – through Labor Day. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sundays, noon – 6pm. For more information, call 614.228.2674 or visit

COSI, the Center of Science and Industry located in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the most respected science centers in the nation — serving nearly 30 million visitors since 1964. Parents Magazine recently named COSI the #1 Science Center in the Country. COSI’s programs and world-class experiences inspire an interest in science and encourage people to want to learn more about their world. Read more at



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Written by: Jaclyn Reynolds


Science of the Season

Play like a kid during annual “Joys of Toys” holiday celebration.

Science of the Season

(Columbus) – Science and the holidays come alive at COSI this season with a celebration unlike anything you’ll find at the local shopping center or lights display. Get deep into the science of the season while playing with classic toys, building toys, games and trains. The holiday season officially kicks off at COSI with a one-day holiday event, “Joys of Toys Special Event: Classic Toys” on November 26. Then, for three weekends in December, COSI offers a chance to play like a kid during the “Joys of Toys” toy-themed weekend events where you can explore:

Written by: Jaclyn Reynolds


Thomas D. Snowberger Named to COSI’s Board of Trustees

(Columbus) – Thomas (Tom) D. Snowberger has been named to COSI’s (The Center of Science and Industry) board of trustees. Mr. Snowberger is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Battelle and resides in Bexley.

Written by: Jaclyn Reynolds


Play Along with Dora and Diego in New Exhibit

Dora & Diego - Let’s Explore!

(Columbus) – Get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in the new exhibit Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for your preschooler to explore as they learn and play along.

Written by: Jaclyn Reynolds

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