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, October, or November 2014 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
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:
2014: October 8, 15, 22, November 12, 19, December 10, 17
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:
2014: October 17, November 14, December 19
2015: January 23, February 13, March 6, April 17, May 22
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:
2014: October 10, 24, November 21, December 5, 12
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:
2014: October 9, 23, November 6
2015: January 21, 28, February 11, 25, March 11, April 8, 15, 29, May 6, 20
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.
2015: January 16, 20, February 12, 18, 20, March 12, 13, April 9, 10, 24, May 1, 7, 8, 13, 14
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.
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:
Each Program Includes:
Pricing: One 45-minute session, $170.
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.
Annual Educator Resource Fairs
Meet local organizations that support teachers. Geared toward all grade levels.
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2-Day Professional Development Sessions | 1 Credit
All workshops from 8am - 4pmEarly 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
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.
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.
COSI’s customizable professional development workshops provide your school’s teachers with real life teaching tools, and:
Each customizable COSI Professional Development Workshop includes:
Workshop Topic Options:
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:
“Step Up to Quality” Approved Professional Development for Early Childhood is available from COSI. Available topics include:
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.
|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|
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