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26
September
2014

Cleaning the Dome

One of the things we have to do to get the planetarium ready for re-opening is clean the dome. A company called Astro-Tec is here along with riggers from the local stagehands union IATSE12. The Theater Team spent some time trying to imagine just how a dome got cleaned - we pictured several swiffer dusters all taped together and a giant Q-Tip as some of the possibilities - but the reality is almost more interesting.

Photo of the outside of the dome.
18
September
2014

Using the Vinyl Cutter in the Teen Tech Space

Did you know that COSI's Teen Tech Studio has a vinyl cutter? Well, now you do!  And teens (12-19) can visit the Studio and use it for FREE (Wed 3-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm)

Wondering what you make with a vinyl cutter? Recently, I completed a project I've been working on for a while: a custom drum head. I documented the process to show you a bit about how to use the cutter...

Using the Vinyl Cutter in the Teen Tech Space
02
September
2014

Paper Rockets

Did you attend COSI's Camp-In over the winter and get to try our paper rocket launchers? Or maybe you're just curious about what a paper rocket launcher is? Check out this video that shows how the launchers are built and used for COSI activities. And look out, you never know when our team will have these available for you to try!
14
August
2014

Celebrating the Cosmic Web

 

Next Tuesday, August 19 from 3-5 p.m., COSI and OSU's Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics will host scientists talking about the biggest thing in the universe - the cosmic web. Scientists from the US, UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, South Korea, Ecuador, and Argentina will share this big picture view of our universe. Hands-on activities include making "the universe in a coffee cup," creating a cosmic web with origami, and a make-your-own universe with clay. 
 

 

Celebrating the Cosmic Web
05
August
2014

Quadcopters and Drones

You may have heard some talk recently about quadcopters or drones. From military applications, Amazon package delivery, and even a California based burrito delivery service unmanned aerial vehicles seem to be the emerging technology of the day. With all of these new developments people are right to be excited. Never before in history have we had the opportunity to purchase an aircraft that can be programmed to fly over a range of 1 mile without a pilot on board for less than $300. This fact positions quadcopters and drones to revolutionize transportation, agriculture, media production, military applications, and other industries as innovations are introduced. 
Mike Cairns from Infinite Impact studio does a quadcopter test flight in preparation for Thursday's COSI After Dark.
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