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10
April
2013

Meet COSI’s newest basketball stars!

It's been an exciting Spring in the locker room at COSI, as we've watched our newest pair of rats fly through their basketball training. Penny and Bernadette played their first game for a crowd of screaming fans last week, breaking some pretty impressive training records. What makes this pair so exceptional? Our average training time is about 5-6 months, from the first day in the training court to the first public show. It can take up to 8 months for a rat to master her basketball skills, and some rats have breezed through training in about 4 months. Penny and Bernadette spent just three and a half months perfecting their skills, our current record for the fastest learners!
03
April
2013

An Egg-citing Member Weekend at COSI

At COSI, we love to see families having fun while learning together. Last weekend we provided the opportunity to do just that at our 2nd annual Member Eggstravagant Scavenger Hunt! This event was designed to combine COSI's unique brand of learning and fun with a traditional holiday festivity.

Unlike the typical egg hunt, the Eggstravagant Scavenger Hunt gives COSI member families the chance to earn eggs and prizes by answering exhibit-based riddles and completing family challenges.
Photo from COSI Member Egg Scavenger Hunt Event
29
March
2013

A Special Day!

Exactly 49 years ago today, COSI opened its doors on Easter Sunday in the old Memorial Hall on 280 E. Broad St.

Sandy Hallock (read more about him at http://www.cosi.org/about-cosi/history/) had developed a dream for a new Columbus institution based on his lifelong interest in science and technology. His enthusiasm and vision gained the critical support of Hershel Stephan, Walter English, Preston Wolfe and the Franklin Historical Society Board (including Tad Jeffrey as a member). On opening day they welcomed over 5,000 people to see this new entity, COSI, helping launch a new era of what has become known as the worldwide science center movement -- with COSI one of its recognized founders and leaders.

A photo of 280 East Broad Street
29
March
2013

March Ratness at COSI

Every spring, March Madness sweeps the nation, turning even the most casual basketball fan into a rabid, number-crunching, bracket-obsessed enthusiast. But at COSI, we're in on the hoops hype every day, year-round, with fierce showdowns of our own.

We're talking rat basketball.
Rat Basketball at COSI
26
March
2013

What is Thundersnow?

Earlier this week we had a snow forecast that could really have affected our operations here at COSI. I was watching the weather forecasts really closely to determine how much of the possible 10 inches of snow we could get here in Columbus and one of the forecasters mentioned the possibility of thundersnow. This is a term I've heard of before, even experienced but I really don't know a lot about it. So I turned to our resident science guy extraordinaire, Steve Whitt and asked him what in the world is thundersnow? How does it form and what is it?
A picture of snow at COSI 3.25.2013.
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