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Discover your place in the universe as a COSI educator guides students from Earth, through our Solar System, and beyond. We’ll explore Earth’s atmosphere, air pressure and gravity in comparison to other planets, launch a rocket into space, and see how stars are formed. The assembly ends with a bang as we learn about supernovas and how we’re all made of star stuff!

Hands-on activities:

Weighting on the World: Students will better understand that weight is the force of gravity acting on an object. They will explore this by comparing the weight of the same object on different planets.

Under Pressure: Students will observe the physiological effects that occur in a vacuum and how they relate to the atmospheric pressure found in space and on distant planets.

Tricky Terrain: Students will experiment with different rover designs to build the optimal rover for each Martian surface.

Time Warp: Students will demonstrate the relationship between a planet’s distance from the sun and the time it takes to orbit the Sun. They will also explore the meaning of a year on different planets.

Stellar Stories: Students will better understand how scientists and explorers throughout human history have used the night sky as a map.

Spec-tacular: Students will utilize spectroscopy to learn how scientists determine the composition of distant stars.

Academic Standards:

K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity

Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

K-PS3-1 Energy

Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.

1-ESS1-1 Earth's Place in the Universe

Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

1-ESS1-2 Earth's Place in the Universe

Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.

2-PS1-2 Matter and Its Interactions

Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.*

3-ESS2-2 Earth's Systems

Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.

ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year. (5-ESS1-2)

PS2.B: Types of Interactions

The gravitational force of Earth acting on an object near Earth’s surface pulls that object toward the planet’s center. (5- PS2-1)

MS-ESS1-1 Earth's Place in the Universe

Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

MS-ESS1-3 Earth's Place in the Universe

Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.



Full-day experience: $1090
Includes whole-school assembly and smaller hands-on sessions throughout the program day.
Please note:

  • There is a $2 processing fee for all program reservations.
  • A mileage fee will be applied to programs outside of Ohio’s borders.
  • School must provide volunteers for setup, facilitation of activities, and tear down.

Assembly-only option: $490
Includes whole-school assembly without the hands-on sessions afterwards.
Additional assemblies available for $175.
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