When school is out, COSI is in! Camp COSI Summer Camps provide the perfect opportunity for campers to stay scientific during summer break! Weeklong camps offered for grades K-8. Each camp includes 2 daily snacks and all supplies. Parents and caregivers, please pack a lunch for your camper. With topics like Robotics, Amusement Park Science, and Space, there is sure to be something for every camper!

Camp Hours: 9am – 4pm

All Camps Include:

  • Science, technology, engineering, and math content to keep young minds active
  • Hands-on activities in COSI’s workshop rooms and exhibitions
  • Interactions with local scientists and experts
  • Healthy snacks and outdoor physical activities each day
Parents send:
  • Daily lunch for camper

Camp COSI F.A.Q. 

Camp COSI Survival Guide

Camp Brochure

Scholarships:
Scholarship applications are now closed for the 2018 Camp COSI season.


Price:

K - 5th Grade Camps*: $300 - Members* $330 - Non-Members*
Rising 6th - 8th Camps: $375 - Members $405 - Non-Members
High School Camps (Full Week): $400 - Members $430 - Non-Members
High School Camps (Daily)**: $90 - Members $100 - Non-Members
*Amusement Park Science Camp = $375 Members, $405 Non-Members.

**High School Camp Participants may purchase single day sessions, or a full week experience.

A Typical Day Schedule: *Subject to Change
8:00am-9:00am Drop off
9:00am-10:00am Explore a COSI exhibit
10:00am-10:20am Snack provided by COSI
10:20am-12:00pm Hands-on activities
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch (provided by Camper) and recess
1:30pm-2:00pm Hands-on activities
2:00pm-2:20pm- Snack provided by COSI
2:20pm-4:00pm- Hands-on activities
4:00pm Pick-up

Wrap Around Care:
Wrap around care is optional if the camp day does not align with your busy schedule! During wrap around care, campers will be able to participate in open play. Campers may bring books to read, but no electronics will be allowed (phones, tablets or game systems).

Afternoon 4:00pm- 5:30pm- $10 per day (A snack will be provided)

Reservations close midnight the night before camp or once the camp sells out. Walk up sales are not permitted. You must be pre-registered to attend camp.



Camps for Rising Kindergartners and First Graders

June 11-15, 2018 – Messy Science

Dress for a mess and prepare to get gooey with COSI’s famous Messy Science. Together, we’ll experiment with COSI’s top secret formulas for flubber, oobleck, slime, and other chemical concoctions. Along the way, we’ll investigate chemical and physical changes and make things ooze, slime, and pop!

Reserve Camp

June 18-22, 2018 – Build It!

Design, build, test, and redesign in this imaginative, inventive hands-on camp. First, we’ll explore simple machines and force and motion to see how they power the world around us, then we’ll become engineers to see how our designs can become taller, faster, stronger, and more efficient!

Reserve Camp

June 25-29, 2018 – Diggin’ Dinos

Have an aspiring paleontologist in your family? In this larger-than-life week of camp, we’ll dig deep into the world of dinosaurs to explore how these amazing creatures moved, ate, lived, and died. Together, we’ll analyze fossils, dig for artifacts, and even walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs… and the scientists who study them!

Reserve Camp

July 9-13, 2018 – Science of Art

Colors, shadows, light, perception... Art is science brought to life! In this collaborative and creative camp, aspiring artists and rising scientists alike will join forces to experiment with color mixing, multiple media, and sensational showcases to display the magnificent – and sometimes messy! – world of art.

Reserve Camp

July 16-20, 2018 – Space

Ever wonder what’s out there? Get a new perspective with COSI’s Space Camp, an out-of-this-world week of interstellar exploration! We’ll explore our Solar System, engineer rockets, and learn about life in space. Plus, we’ll get an exclusive showing inside COSI’s Planetarium – the largest in Ohio!

Reserve Camp

July 23-27, 2018 – Messy Science

Dress for a mess and prepare to get gooey with COSI’s famous Messy Science. Together, we’ll experiment with COSI’s top secret formulas for flubber, oobleck, slime, and other chemical concoctions. Along the way, we’ll investigate chemical and physical changes and make things ooze, slime, and pop!

Reserve Camp

July 30-Aug 3, 2018 – Diggin' Dinos

Have an aspiring paleontologist in your family? In this larger-than-life week of camp, we’ll dig deep into the world of dinosaurs to explore how these amazing creatures moved, ate, lived, and died. Together, we’ll analyze fossils, dig for artifacts, and even walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs… and the scientists who study them!

Reserve Camp

Aug 6-10, 2018 – Space

Ever wonder what’s out there? Get a new perspective with COSI’s Space Camp, an out-of-this-world week of interstellar exploration! We’ll explore our Solar System, engineer rockets, and learn about life in space. Plus, we’ll get an exclusive showing inside COSI’s Planetarium – the largest in Ohio!

Reserve Camp

Camps for Rising Second and Third Graders

June 11-15, 2018 – Astronaut Adventures

Do you have what it takes to become the next great space explorer? COSI’s Astronaut Adventures camp will take you on an out-of-this-world trip beyond Earth’s atmosphere to explore our Solar System and beyond, engineer rockets, and see the marvels of space up-close in an exclusive show in our Planetarium.

Reserve Camp

June 18-22, 2018 – Dare to Design

If play is the highest form of research, join us in an advanced course! In COSI’s Dare to Design camp, we’ll explore the engineering that makes our world a better place to live. Experiment with simple machines, force and motion, and more as we innovate and explore to solve real-world challenges.

Reserve Camp

June 25-29, 2018 – Silly Science

Do you think science is cool? I mean, really cool? COSI’s one-of-a-kind Silly Science camp is for you. In this behind-the-scenes camp, we’ll explore some of COSI’s classics like you’ve never seen them before. You’ll get an inside look at our top secret slime recipe, see how we make things pop, fizz, and bubble, and see the crazy-cold effects of liquid nitrogen up close.

Reserve Camp

July 9-13, 2018 - LEGO® Robotics

What is a robot? How does it work? There’s one way to find out. During the week camps will explore energy, circuitry, and the “language” robots speak: programming! Working in pairs, campers will get hands-on to learn programming basics with Bee Bots, then take control of real LEGO® WEDO robots that light up, make noise, and move!

Reserve Camp

July 16-20, 2018 – Superhero Science

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nah, it’s Super-Science! Come prepared for your super hero training by using science to bring “impossible” super powers to life! Learn to levitate, create weather, and even fly!

Reserve Camp

July 16-20, 2018 – LEGO® Robotics

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND- COSI is offering ANOTHER week of rising 2nd and 3rd grade LEGO robotics!
What is a robot? How does it work? There’s one way to find out. During the week camps will explore energy, circuitry, and the “language” robots speak: programming! Working in pairs, campers will get hands-on to learn programming basics with Bee Bots, then take control of real LEGO® WEDO robots that light up, make noise, and move!

Reserve Camp

July 23-27, 2018 – DINO

65 million years ago, giants walked the Earth. In this one-of-a-kind camp, we’ll dig into the science of these prehistoric creatures to explore the world they lived in, how they survived, and the evidence they left behind. Plus, we’ll get an amazing look at the American Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaur Gallery to explore amazing artifacts and the latest scientific evidence.

Reserve Camp

July 30-Aug 3, 2018 – LEGO® Robotics

What is a robot? How does it work? There’s one way to find out. During the week camps will explore energy, circuitry, and the “language” robots speak: programming! Working in pairs, campers will get hands-on to learn programming basics with Bee Bots, then take control of real LEGO® WEDO robots that light up, make noise, and move!

Reserve Camp

Aug 6-10, 2018 – Silly Science

Do you think science is cool? I mean, really cool? COSI’s one-of-a-kind Silly Science camp is for you. In this behind-the-scenes camp, we’ll explore some of COSI’s classics like you’ve never seen them before. You’ll get an inside look at our top secret slime recipe, see how we make things pop, fizz, and bubble, and see the crazy-cold effects of liquid nitrogen up close.

Reserve Camp

Camps for Rising Fourth and Fifth Graders

June 11-15, 2018 – LEGO® Robotics

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. Working in pairs we will put our robot to the test to complete an array of challenges. Throughout the week campers will learn the importance of robot sensors, and how these sensors allow the robot to “see” the world around them. Practice programming, sequencing, measurement, teamwork and more as you test and adjust your plan one step at a time.

Reserve Camp

June 18-22, 2018 – Amusement Park Science

Hold on tight! In this thrilling week of camp, we’ll explore the science of screams to design, build, and test our own roller coasters. Then, we’re off to an exclusive tour of Kings Island to spend the day riding some of the world’s best rides and learning what it takes to make them work. Not a thrill ride junkie? No worries! All thrill levels are welcome. (Cost for this camp is $375 for COSI Members and $405 for general guests as it includes park admission to Kings Island)
Grades 4-5 APS Camp = Members: $375 | Non-Members: $405

Reserve Camp

June 25-29, 2018 – Rockets & Rovers

Prepare for blast off as we take a new look at space in this exhilarating interstellar camp. How do humans explore space? To find out, we’ll examine how we learn about the universe beyond our home planet and get hands-on with rockets, rovers, and astronaut missions. Of course, we’ll also get closer than ever with exclusive access to the Planetarium at COSI – the largest in Ohio!

Reserve Camp

July 9-13, 2018 – Video Games

Do you spend your summer playing video games? Ever dream of developing your own? It all begins with COSI’s cutting-edge Video Games camp, where we’ll explore basic programming concepts with the Scratch software, then develop, experiment and expand to create a shareable video game for all to enjoy.

Reserve Camp

July 16-20, 2018 – LEGO® Robotics

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. Working in pairs we will but our robot to the test to complete an array of challenges. Throughout the week campers will learn the importance of robot sensors, and how these sensors allow the robot to “see” the world around them. Practice programming, sequencing, measurement, teamwork and more as you test and adjust your plan one step at a time.

Reserve Camp

July 23-27, 2018 – Chemistry

Bring the scientific method to life in this chemistry camp for all, as we explore the chemical and physical changes that surround us. How can something be not a gas, not quite a liquid, but not really a solid? What is Flubber? Or “elephant toothpaste?” Explore it all when we get up-close and personal with chemistry.

<Reserve Camp

July 30-Aug 3, 2018 – Science Sleuth

Trouble’s afoot, and we need your help! How can science help solve a mystery? That’s the question, and in this astounding forensic exploration, we’ll use science to find out the answer. As tension builds and the excitement rises, you’ll collect clues, analyze evidence, and study the suspects… can you solve the case?

Reserve Camp

Aug 6-10, 2018 – Video Games

Do you spend your summer playing video games? Ever dream of developing your own? It all begins with COSI’s cutting-edge Video Games camp, where we’ll explore basic programming concepts with the Scratch software, then develop, experiment and expand to create a shareable video game for all to enjoy.

Reserve Camp

Camps for Rising Sixth through Eighth Graders

June 18-22, 2018 – Video Games with TECH STUDIO

Do you spend your summer playing video games? Ever dream of developing your own? In Tech Studio’s Video Games camp, we’ll explore game mechanics, character design, and advanced programming concepts with MIT’s Scratch. Campers will develop a story and bring it to life in the form of a challenging, interactive game.

Reserve Camp

June 25-29, 2018 – LEGO® Robotics

Dig deeper into programming of robots. Campers will work in pairs to program EV3 robots to complete challenges. Installing and using robotic senses, campers will lead their LEGO® EV3 Robots to accomplish a variety of challenges.

Reserve Camp

July 9-13, 2018 – Music Programming with TECH STUDIO

Are you an aspiring songwriter? Ever wonder about music creation software? Tech Studio’s music programming camp will focus on foundational music theory lessons and apply these lessons to Apple’s Logic Pro X software. Campers will learn to program a drum beat through a discussion of common uses of musical meter and percussion instruments, develop a bassline by utilizing scales, and implement the basics of melody and harmony.

Reserve Camp

July 23-27, 2018 – Electronics Prototyping with TECH STUDIO

Plug into the world of electronics and learn how the components in your everyday devices are wired and programmed. Campers will build a foundation in circuitry and JavaScript coding with Micro:bit! They will apply their new skills by programming sensors and LED lights into useful, real world, interactive devices.

Reserve Camp

Aug 6-10, 2018 – 3D Modeling with TECH STUDIO

Transform your creativity from a computer screen to the real world through 3D modeling and printing. Educators in COSI’s Tech Studio will teach campers to design 3D models in Autodesk design software, and guide small workgroups in a collaborative, team driven design challenge, resulting in an assembled 3D print to be displayed in the Tech Studio!

Reserve Camp

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations and changes must be made at least 10 days before the first day of any weeklong and 4-day camp; a $75 cancellation fee applies. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations made later than 10 days before the first day of a weeklong camp. COSI may cancel sessions if participant minimums are not met. Registered participants will be informed two weeks in advance and will receive a full refund.

High School Tech Week

Participants may purchase single day sessions, or a full week experience.

Tech Studio Survival Guide

Tech Week: June 4-8, 2018

This high school level camp will focus on a different Tech Studio topic each day, including:

Monday June 4th: Digital Art

Learn to create digital art by exploring the tools of Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator. Discover how your digital creation can be realized into a physical product with the use of Tech Studio's laser cutter and vinyl cutter.

Reserve Camp

Tuesday June 5th: Video Production

Work with DSLR camera and learn basic camera functions (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and frame rates) and videography techniques. Additionally, explore Adobe’s Premiere Pro software for video editing.

Reserve Camp

Wednesday June 6th: Music Programming

Use Apple’s Logic Pro X software to create music with virtual instruments incorporating lessons on music theory.

Reserve Camp

Thursday June 7th: Electronics Prototyping

Receive an introduction to the Arduino language and construct basic circuits using the Arduino Uno microcontroller and solderless breadboard. Also learn to write code to take input from sensors and control LED lights.

Reserve Camp

Friday June 8th: 3D Modeling

Learn to use Autodesk software for 3D modeling. Additionally, concepts of 3D printing will be discussed and Tech Studio printers will be on display

Reserve Camp

Full Week of High School Camps

Purchase all five days here:

Reserve Camp

High School Tech Week Single-Day Camps
Cancellations and changes must be made at least 10 days before the first day of any camp; COSI will attempt to reschedule you into an open session. Refunds are not available. COSI can only reschedule a missed camp one time. COSI may cancel sessions if participant minimums are not met. Registered participants will be informed two weeks in advance and will receive a full refund.

High School Tech Week Weeklong Camp
Cancellations and changes must be made at least 10 days before the first day of any camp; a $75 cancellation fee applies. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations made later than 10 days before the first day of a camp. COSI may cancel sessions if participant minimums are not met. Registered participants will be informed two weeks in advance and will receive a full refund.

Additional Fees
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. For more information about our Camp COSI Summer Camps or School's Out Camp programs you can contact the Manager of Internal Camp Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 614.849.8331.



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