Homeschool Labs

** Reservations Now Open **

COSI Homeschool Labs invite students enrolled in homeschool programs in kindergarten through grade six across Ohio to join our monthly meet-ups to explore, measure, build, program, create, test, question, and learn! Bone up on prehistoric creatures, get hands-on with living local animals, program robots, and more. Each month, our focused Homeschool Labs feature a new, exciting, standards-based, hands-on workshop paired with in-depth visits to complementary COSI exhibitions.

Each session is offered twice monthly (choose a Thursday and Friday, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM). Homeschool Labs are aligned to state standards and encourage creativity, cooperation, and critical thinking as we work together to solve problems, test ideas, ask questions, and learn more about our world!


Please note that COSI General Admission is not included in the registration cost. COSI Members may check-in at the Member and Donor Services desk before or after the Lab, and non-members may purchase General Admission if desired. Home Educators qualify for COSI’s Teacher Family Membership.

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.


Registration: To register for a Homeschool Lab, call COSI’s Call Center at 614-228-2674 ex. 0 (Monday – Saturday, 9am-4pm) or click one of the blue buttons below.

Introduction to Coding

Crack the code of how programming works! Learn the basics of how to design your very own video game using Scratch from MIT Media Lab. The visual programming language will help the class understand conditionals and if/then statements. Using code we can get our main character Scratch The Cat to play a game. This program encourages students to use their creativity in videogame design and allows students to reflect on their experience by creating an online account they can return to at home! Parents are optional.

  • Program Date(s): 12/6/18 and 12/14/18
  • Member Cost: $15 per child for members
  • Non-Member Cost: $20 per child for non-members

Robotics I: Beginner Programming

What is a robot? How does it work? COSI’s Beginner Robotics is the way to find out! In this incredible introductory workshop, we’ll explore energy, circuitry, and the “language” robots speak: programming. Control your own hand-held Bee-Bot and test out COSI’s customized, cross-curricular challenges or take an Ozo Bot for a tornado spin using color-blocking code that you design. Parents are optional.

  • Program Date(s): 1/3/19 and 1/11/19
  • Member Cost: $15 per child for members
  • Non-Member Cost: $20 per child for non-members

Robotics II: Intermediate Programming

Become a part of an engineering team using a LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 robot – a sophisticated and state-of-the-art handheld robot waiting for your input. In this intermediate level programming design workshop, you’ll put your robot to the test as you assemble a program to complete a dizzying challenge. Practice programming, sequencing, measurement, teamwork and more as you test and adjust your plan one step at a time. Parents are optional.

  • Program Date(s): 2/7/19 and 2/15/19
  • Member Cost: $15 per child for members
  • Non-Member Cost: $20 per child for non-members

Life Sciences

In this totally engrossing workshop, we’ll get up close with the surprising science of the human body. We’ll start small – REALLY small – by examining the mighty power of microorganisms and building a bloodstream right in your classroom. Then, you’ll get hands-on with real X-rays of healthy and broken bones, measure yourself against record-holding humans, get an “up-close” look with microscopy, and even make your own sticky, slimy “snot” to see how this gross product has a very important job to do! Parents are optional.

  • Program Date(s): 3/7/19 and 3/15/19
  • Member Cost: $15 per child for members
  • Non-Member Cost: $20 per child for non-members

Zoology

Step into the boots of a zoologist as you begin this interactive ecological adventure. First, you’ll meet and touch some of COSI’s live animals to explore their adaptations, diets, and habitats. Then, you’ll touch real animal furs, piece together life cycle puzzles, and build a habitat around a living reptile. With a dichotomous key and video microscope, you’ll inspect real arthropods to decide “Is it a bug?” and explore the science of animal tracking by getting up close and personal with animal tracks… and the scat they leave behind! Parents are optional.

  • Program Date(s): 4/4/19 and 4/12/19
  • Member Cost: $15 per child for members
  • Non-Member Cost: $20 per child for non-members

Engineering Challenge: Rollercoasters

Hold on tight! This open inquiry, engineering design workshop is filled with ups and downs as you explore the engineering process, communication, and collaboration. First, put the force of gravity (and teamwork) to the test in a wild marble challenge. Then, scream ahead as you build your own roller coaster around chairs, through desks, and across chalkboards. With limitless flexible track, supports, and marbles, if you can dream it, you can design it, build it, test it, and redesign it until your coaster is ready to thrill. Parents are optional.

  • Program Date(s): 5/9/19 and 5/17/19
  • Member Cost: $15 per child for members
  • Non-Member Cost: $20 per child for non-members

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