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21st Century Learning Labs

Invest your school’s 21st Century dollars in these new highly-structured programs from COSI that provide hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences on selected dates.

Free Admission for Chaperones & Teachers! Schools participating in COSI’s 21st Century Learning Labs in September, October, or November 2013 will receive free admission for your group’s chaperons and teachers (within a 1:5 ratio). Call 614.228.2674 for details.

Health-Related Programming Presented by: Cardinal Health


21st Century Learning Lab: Germs

Grades: 3-8
Price: $20 per person*

Unpack a box of 21st century skills in this structured 3.5-hour COSI program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes:

  • COSI general admission
  • 45-minute Germinator workshop in COSI’s Labs in Life with Ohio State University researcher Dr. Molly Brown where you’ll develop a hand sanitizer and test its effectiveness
  • Fight Germs, Stay Healthy, a 45-minute workshop conducted by the COSI Team, where we’ll discover how our bodies protect us from germs
  • Influenza! In the Columbus Historical Society gallery at COSI, learn about the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and see how Columbus’ approach saved thousands of lives

Available On:
2013: October 9, 18
2014: January 22, February 5 & 14, March 7 & 12, April 4 & 15, May 15 & 21


21st Century Learning Lab: DNA

Grades: 9-12
Price: $20 per person*

Explore the individuality and complex body design of living things in this highly-structured 3.5-hour program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes:

  • COSI general admission
  • Funky Fruit Flies, a 45-minute workshop in COSI’s Labs in Life with Ohio State University’s Dr. Molly Brown. Can DNA determine how well we respond to a drug? Find out as we observe wildtype & mutant fruit flies exposed to alcohol
  • 45-minute DNA: The Foundation for YOU workshop, where your students will learn about DNA and how it relates to cellular structure and expression of characteristics
  • In Depth: Autopsy Live - An Ohio State University pathology resident will join your students live as they observe a 90-minute recorded human autopsy from beginning to end. Your students must use information gathered during the program and post-visit activities to determine the cause of death

Available On:
2013: November 8, December 4
2014: January 29, February 13, March 21, April 10 (sold out), May 1


21st Century Learning Lab: Brain Chatter

Grades: 9-12
Price: $20 per person*

Explore the interactions of the brain with the bodily functions it controls in this highly-structured 3.5-hour program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes:

  • COSI general admission
  • Brain Chatter 45-minute workshop: can a drug alter how our neurons talk to each other? Explore this question using live crickets and real electrophysiology equipment
  • Sheep Brain Dissection - Explore animal anatomy and discover the body functions that our brains control in this 45-minute sheep brain dissection
  • In Depth: Autopsy Live - An Ohio State University pathology resident will join your students live as they observe a 90-minute recorded human autopsy from beginning to end. Your students must use information gathered during the program and post-visit activities to determine the cause of death.

Available On:
2013: October 30, 2013
2014: January 24, February 28, March 13, March 26, April 14, May 23 (sold out)


21st Century Learning Lab: From Plants to Pharmacy—Exploring Pharmacology

Grades: 3-8
Price: $20 per person*

Explore pharmacology and the plants that play an important role in development of medicines. This 3.5-hour program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion includes two 45-minute workshops and a documentary film on Ohio’s largest digital movie screen:

  • COSI general admission
  • Medicine In My Backyard: Why do plants make medicine for humans? Explore this question in this 45-minute workshop as we discover new antibiotics from plants or synthesize aspirin from willow tree bark.
  • From Plants to Pharmacy: The history of pharmaceuticals starts with plants. By better understanding plant structure and function we can better understand pharmaceuticals. Through this 45-minute workshop, students will be able to better link plants to the medicines we use today.
  • Extreme Screen Movie- Kingdom of Plants. 3D technology reveals a whole new dimension in the lives of plants, from the most bizarre to the most beautiful. Shot over the course of a year, David Attenborough explores their fascinating world.

Available On:
2013: October 11 & 16, November 15, December 13
2014: January 31, February 7 & 19, March 14 & 25, April 8 & 18, May 16 & 20


21st Century Learning Lab: Forensic Science

Available Spring 2014

Grades: 3-12 Price: $25 per person

Develop your 21st Century skills by investigating and solving COSI mysteries through these incredible experiences:

  • COSI general admission
  • Admission to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, a limited-engagement exhibition at COSI. Meet Sherlock Holmes, scientifically trained, a master of deduction, an employer of imagination and encyclopedic knowledge. Experience an interactive exhibition like no other as you join Sherlock Holmes in solving a captivating mystery.
  • CSI Crime Scene Investigation: become a crime scene investigator and use the help of chemistry and biology to solve the mystery in this 45-minute workshop led by the COSI Team.
  • For Grades 3-8: Admission to COSI’s Adventure exhibition — step inside Adventure and you are transported to another place and another time: a remote island shrouded in darkness, where remnants of an ancient culture guard a secret that only you can unlock.
  • For Grades 9-12: In Depth: Autopsy Live, where an Ohio State University pathology resident will join your students as they observe a 90-minute recorded human autopsy from beginning to end. Your students must use information gathered during the program and post-visit activities to determine the cause of death.

Dates:
Grades 3-8 “Forensic Science” Learning Lab Available 2014 Dates:
February 20 & 26, March 7 & 28, April 17 & 25, May 6 & 15

Grades 9-12 “Forensic Science” Learning Lab Available 2014 Dates:
March 21 & 26, April 10 & 14, May 1 & 23


Generation Rx Lab

The Generation Rx Lab is an innovative, educational experience within the Labs in Life exhibit at COSI and run by scientists from the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State. In this lab, your students can conduct hands-on experiments that apply science inquiry skills and provide an engaging platform to learn basic biology and chemistry concepts.

View Available Lab Experiences.

New! Afterschool Workshops

COSI outreach workshops for afterschool providers.

Looking for top-quality science programming for your central Ohio afterschool program? COSI’s Out-of-School Workshops provide a highly educational curriculum that meets the Ohio Content Standards, and:

  • Meets the needs of each school and student
  • Use inquiry-based learning to explore science
  • Makes science accessible to all students
  • Excites lifelong learning in science and other content areas

Each Program Includes:

  • One Outreach Educator
  • Pre-Visit and Post-Visit activities
  • Hands-on science experiments
  • Inquiry based learning
  • COSI provided supplies
  • Connections to other content areas

Pricing: One 45-minute session, $160.

Available Topics

  • Catapults and Trebuchets
  • Magnets
  • Chemical and Physical Change
  • Mindbenders
  • Cow Eye Dissection
  • Nanotechnology
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Roller Coasters
  • DNA
  • Salsa Inquiry
  • Electricity
  • Science of Sound
  • Erosion
  • Science of Sports
  • Fight Germs
  • Sheep Brain Dissection
  • Gross Science
  • Snap Circuits
  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS Intermediate Robotics
  • Watershed
  • LEGO® WeDo Beginner Robotics
  • Weather

For reservations, please call 614.228.2674 x2330. Questions? Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. COSI's Supervisor of After School Education Programming and Partnerships.

Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

Professional Development
Improve your understanding of science content while exploring favorite ways to engage young children in science learning.
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2014 Teacher Professional Development

2-Day Professional Development Sessions | 1 Credit

All workshops from 8am - 4pm

Integrating Science and Language Arts
June 9-10, 2014
Embed reading and writing within your science lessons with children's literature that reinforces science concepts. You will review a number of science-related children's literature selections and media while participating in inquiry based, hands-on activities that can be easily replicated in your classroom.

Bridging the Gap – Physical Science for grades 4-8
July 1 – 2, 2014
Examine the "new" Ohio science content standards for Physical Science in grades 4-8 and discover ways to integrate engaging activities and inquiry experiences into your existing curriculum

Bridging the Gap – Earth and Space Science for grades 4-8
July 14-15, 2014
Examine the "new" Ohio science content standards for Earth and Space Science in grades 4-8 and discover ways to integrate engaging activities and inquiry experiences into your existing curriculum.

Bridging the Gap – Life Science for grades 4-8
July 28-29, 2014
Examine the "new" Ohio science content standards for Life Science in grades 4-8 and discover ways to integrate engaging activities and inquiry experiences into your existing curriculum.

Bridging the Gap –Elementary Science Content for grades K-3 *NEW this year!
July 31-August 1, 2014
Examine the "new" Ohio science content standards for grades K-3 and discover ways to integrate engaging activities and inquiry experiences into your existing curriculum.

 

5-Day Professional Development Sessions | 3 Graduate Credits

Professional Development sessions for Ohio Dominican University - Each day from 8:30-3:30. These are NOT registered through COSI, but we can publicize them. Interested persons should contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Phone (614) 251-4793

Inquiry into Science, Literature and Math
July 7-11, 2014
Embed reading, writing, and math within your science lessons with children's literature that reinforces science concepts. You will review a number of science-related children's literature selections and media while participating in inquiry based, hands-on activities that can be easily replicated in your classroom.

Bridging the Gap to the Ohio CORE for Science grades 4-8
July 21-25, 2014
Examine the "new" Ohio science content standards for Life, Earth, & Physical Science in grades 4-8 and discover ways to integrate engaging activities and inquiry experiences into your existing curriculum.

Registration opens April 15, 2014. Early bird pricing: Before June 1, 2014 - $110.00 per workshop – *includes COSI parking. After June 1, 2014 – $130.00 – *includes COSI parking. **Registration deadline: One week before the program begins. Any cancellations made before the deadline will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after the registration deadline will not be refunded. (COSI credit may be issued by Call Center Mgrs only if extenuating circumstances.)

Customizable Professional Development Workshops

COSI’s customizable professional development workshops provide your school’s teachers with real life teaching tools, and:

  • Showcase and model inquiry-based science
  • Assist teachers in being comfortable with teaching inquiry
  • Nurture a professional learning community
  • Provide professional networking opportunities

Each customizable COSI Professional Development Workshop includes:

  • Inquiry-based experiments
  • Exposure and discussion of current science education pedagogy
  • Coordination of activities to current Ohio Content Standards
  • Integration of multiple content areas
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues to create educational opportunities for students

Pricing

  • Half-Day Workshop for 30 teachers: $750 (3 hours)
  • Full-Day Workshop for 30 teachers: $1,500 (7 hours)
  • Two-Full Day Workshops for 30 teachers: $3,000 (15 hours)

Workshop Topic Options:

  • Chemical and Physical Change in Cooking
  • Introduction into Inquiry
  • Earth and Space Science and Ohio Revised Standards 4-8
  • Introduction into Process Skills of Inquiry
  • Integrating Science and Literature
  • Integrating Science and Literature
  • Integrating Science, Literature, and Mathematics
  • Inquiry and Applications for Early Elementary
  • Inquiry into Astronomy
  • Inquiry into Climate Change
  • Inquiry into Electricity
  • Inquiry into Energy
  • Inquiry into Force and Motion
  • Inquiry into Water
  • Inquiry into Weather
  • Life Science and Ohio Revised Standards 4-8
  • Physical Science and Ohio Revised Standards 4-8

Co-Teaching With COSI

Inquiry-Based Science Teaching in Your Classroom with Your Students

Use your 21st Century Learning grant funds to bring structured, sound, professional development to your teachers. The Ohio Revised and the Next Generation standards promote inquiry-based science, but do your teachers know what that means? Many teachers who graduated from college 10+ years ago may have never witnessed a true inquiry-based science experience. How can they be expected to use this teaching method if they are unsure of how to implement it?

Co-Teaching is a personal, professional development experience for teachers that benefits both teachers and students. Co-Teaching pairs a teacher with a COSI Master Educator, who comes into his/her classroom to facilitate inquiry-based science lessons with his/her students. The experiences will be designed to lead students to explore their own questions about the science topic. Using inquiry starter lessons based on Ohio’s Academic Content Standards for Science, your students will develop questions to explore that will help them better understand the standard.

Honoring the teacher’s teaching-style, the COSI Master Educator will meet with the teacher to better understand their objectives for the lesson prior to the Co-Teaching experience. The COSI Master Educator will share several lesson options so both can mutually agree upon the lessons. The Master Educator will send several pre-visit lessons in advance of the co-teaching experience, including the lesson for the co-teaching experience, so the teacher can best prepare his/her students.

On the day, or days, of the co-teaching experience, the Master Educator will arrive prepared to facilitate the lesson, bringing all the necessary supplies. Working with the teacher, the Master Educator will lead the experience with the students, providing a standards-based inquiry experience focused on the selected topic. A non-traditional assessment and rubric will be provided if desired.

Following the lesson, the Master Educator will leave the teacher with additional lessons to continue the learning. In addition, the Master Educator will provide the teacher with a checklist to enable them to include elements of scientific inquiry in all science lessons.

Available Co-Teaching Topics:

  • Force and Motion: Airplanes (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)
  • Light and Shadow (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)
  • Electricity (Five Lessons, Guided Inquiry Method)
  • Chemical & Physical Change (Five Lessons, Guided Inquiry Method)
  • Weather (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)
  • Life Science: Biomes, Symbiosis, & Adaptations (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)
  • Erosion (Five Lessons, Open Inquiry Method)

For more information about Co-Teaching With COSI, please contact Robin Dungan at 614.228.2674 x2357 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Early Childhood Professional Development

“Step Up to Quality” Approved Professional Development for Early Childhood is available from COSI. Available topics include:

  • An Introduction to Inquiry in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Integrating Science Process Skills in the Early Childhood Classroom

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. COSI’s Call Center or call 614.228.2674 for pricing and details.

Setup & Schedule

The COSI On Wheels educator will lead a 40-minute orientation session prior to the event that will include background and activity related information. If volunteers are arriving in shifts, it would be ideal to have all shifts present at the orientation. Teachers are also encouraged to attend this orientation in order to answer students' questions.

About Volunteers: All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. COSI will require set up and tear down assistance from 2-4 strong adult volunteers for approximately one hour each day (4-6 volunteers if there is a stairway barrier). 15-20 adult volunteers are required to assist with activities during the entire program day.

Setup takes place in the late afternoon or early evening prior to the event. COSI requests a contact person be present during the set up to assure proper equipment placement for the event. Be aware that our equipment is not easily moved once it is in place.

The following outline is COSI's suggestion for planning your daily schedule. You may choose a different schedule based on your number of students or your building hours of operation. Please adapt this to fit the needs of your school.

Sample Schedule

Time

Activity

7:30am - 8:15 Volunteer Orientation
8:15 - 9:00 Morning Assembly**
9:00 - 9:15 Break
9:15 - 9:45 Hands-on Session #1
9:45 - 10:15 Hands-on Session #2
10:15 - 10:45 Hands-on Session #3
10:45 - 11:15 Hands-On Session #4
11:15 - 12:15 Lunch
12:15 - 1:00 Afternoon Assembly**
(If all students could not attend the morning assembly)
1:00 - 1:30 Hands-on Session #5
1:30 - 2:00 Hands-on Session #6
2:00 - 2:30 Hands-on Session #7
2:30 - 2:45 Hands-on Session #8
2:45 - 3:00pm Clean up with Volunteers