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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 November 2014 will receive free admission for your group’s chaperones and teachers (within a 1:7 ratio). Call 614.228.2674 for details.

Health-Related Programming Presented by: Cardinal Health


Reservation and Cancellation Policy

Full payment is due one month prior to your program date unless a previously agreed upon payment time line has been established. Cancellations made less than one month prior to your program date are non-refundable.

Up to two weeks prior to your program date, programs may be rescheduled to a new date within the same school year one time at no penalty. You must contact COSI at least two weeks prior to your program date to be eligible to reschedule or the ability to transfer the credit to another session will be forfeited. Changes made less than two weeks prior to your date will not be refunded.

Weather-related cancellations can be rescheduled to a new date within the same school year at no penalty as long as COSI is notified within two hours of the program start time. Weather-related cancellations that aren't rescheduled into a new date within the same school year will not be refunded.

Overpayments will be refunded in the manner in which they were received.


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:
2014:November 12, 19, December 10, 17


21st Century Learning Lab: DNA

Grades: 7-12
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
  • "Surgical Suite: Total Knee replacement," a powerful learning experience for students and adults that lets you ask questions and interact via videoconference with surgeons and medical personnel in a real hospital operating room.

Available On:
2014: December 19
2015: January 23, February 13, March 6, April 17, May 22


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:
2014: December 5 & 12 (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.
  • National Geographic Giant 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:
2014: October 9, 23, November 6
2015: January 21, 28, February 11, 25, March 11, April 8, 15, 29, May 6, 20


NEW for Spring 2015! 21st Century Learning Lab: Stellar Studies

Available Spring 2015

Grades: 4-8 Price: $20 per person

Explore the stars and beyond in this new program. This 3.5-hour program focuses on cross-curricular learning immersion and includes two 45-minute workshops presentation in COSI’s new Planetarium.

  • COSI general admission
  • COSI Planetarium Show (title to be announced)
  • COSI Astronomy Workshop (program content to be announced)

Dates:
2015: January 16 (Sold Out), 20, February 12, 18, 20, March 12, 13, April 9, 10, 24, May 1, 7, 8, 13, 14


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 offers 45-to-60-minute K-12 Afterschool Workshops designed just for afterschool providers that meet the Ohio New Learning Standards and the needs of each school and K-12 student. Each workshop accommodates up to 30 students and:

  • Uses inquiry-based learning to explore science
  • Makes science accessible to all K-12 students
  • Excites lifelong learning in science and other content areas

Available in Ohio’s Franklin, Union, Delaware, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, and Licking Counties.

 

Each COSI Afterschool Workshop includes:

  • Facilitation by a trained COSI outreach educator
  • Extension activities available online
  • Hands-on science experiments
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Supplies provided by COSI
  • Connections to other content areas

COSI Afterschool Workshop pricing:
One session (approximately 45 to 60 minutes): $170

 

Reservation and Cancellation Policy
Full payment is due one month prior to your program date unless a previously agreed upon payment time line has been established. Cancellations made less than one month prior to your program date are non-refundable. Up to two weeks prior to your program date, programs may be rescheduled to a new date within the same school year one time at no penalty. You must contact COSI at least two weeks prior to your program date to be eligible to reschedule or the ability to transfer the credit to another session will be forfeited. Changes made less than two weeks prior to your date will not be refunded. Weather-related cancellations can be rescheduled to a new date within the same school year at no penalty as long as COSI is notified within two hours of the program start time. Weather-related cancellations that aren't rescheduled into a new date within the same school year will not be refunded.

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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Annual Educator Resource Fairs
Meet local organizations that support teachers. Geared toward all grade levels.
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2014 Teacher Professional Development

2-Day Professional Development Sessions | 1 Credit

All workshops from 8am - 4pm

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.

To register: please call the COSI call center at 614.228.2674
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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. 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.

 

triad21 K-12 Professional Development Opportunity

triad21 (Teaching Real-World Interdisciplinary Applications to Develop 21st Century Skills) is a new, innovative professional learning opportunity for K-12 teachers from across central Ohio. Sponsored by COSI, in collaboration with the Columbus Museum of Art and the Ohio History Connection, educational experts from these three institutions will facilitate a yearlong series of three daylong symposia (on Saturdays) followed by six 3 ½ hour Community of Practice sessions monthly. triad21 is now recruiting teachers (all grades/all subjects) from across central Ohio. For more information, please call Beth Carnate, triad21 Coordinator, at 614-286-4553 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here for details.


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)

Financial Aid is Available. Please call Robin Dungan, Manager of Education Services, 614.228.2674 X. 2357 for details.

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, 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)
  • Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift (Five Lessons, Guided 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)

$1,500 per 5 lesson unit/per classroom. 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..

Financial Aid is Available. Please call Robin Dungan, Manager of Education Services, 614.228.2674 X. 2357 for details.


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