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Exploring the Scientific Method

Following some scientific discoveries or reports you can often hear people say “Science is always changing; those scientists don’t really know what they are talking about!” One example is eggs and whether or not they are good for you, so let’s call this idea the “eggs argument”.

At first glance the eggs argument seems like a good retort to science as a system to explain the world. If a friend is always changing his story we call him unreliable. But upon further examination we find it to be lacking. I think that exploring my favorite book can help us counter the eggs argument against scientific reliability.

The Sky Is The Limit(less?)!

I just had one of the most pleasurable moments in my long education career sitting in the COSI Planetarium.

The audience was students from the Columbus City Schools as part of our partnership to give every 5th grader in the schools an experience at COSI.  Included in this experience was a show in our newly re-opened, digitally driven Planetarium.  The show was co-designed by our great team with the schools so the program met the 5th grade curricular needs.
Solar System Size Comparison

The Russians Are Coming!

When COSI is closed to the public, we try to get a few things done around here that we couldn’t otherwise with people in the building.  And nowhere else can I get to see as many cool things as I do or meet the special people who get associated with COSI.

This Monday was no exception.

Getting ready for our upcoming Top Secret: License to Spy exhibition, we used a crane to lift a 3,000+ lb., 40 ft. long RUSSIAN missile from the atrium up to level two. As you can see in the video, this event was quite a spectacle! But, I would contend that the story behind the missile is equally compelling.
Photo of the SA-2 Missile in Top Secret: License to Spy

Human Vision and a Dress

At COSI we love to keep up with news items that relate to science. Today we were excited to see social media abuzz with people talking about a topic that at first seemed frivolous but provides a great way to talk about physics, evolutionary biology, and the physiology of the human visual system. Wired usually has great articles that tackle science topics in a fun way and this article by Adam Rogers where he interviews several neuroscientists is a great example.

Oozing Pumpkin Experiment

Ahhh fall.  Changing leaves, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and the chance for some fall-related science!  As you can tell from my profile photo, I’m a Halloween girl - so any excuse I have to bring Halloween fun to an experiment, I’m in.

Photo of oozing pumpkins experiment.
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