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Erica Gilbert

Erica Gilbert is the Manager of Early Childhood Outreach. Erica has been a team member at COSI since 2010. She travels out to early childhood centers in the community to facilitate hands-on programs for young children. Erica holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys traveling, painting, and being outside!
14
February
2014

Field Trip Workshop "At The Park"

On February 13th, Ms. Willis’ preschool classroom from Arlington Park Elementary visited COSI and participated in the Field Trip Workshop, At the Park. During this program, children were able to explore activities that relate to what they may see, notice, or discover when they are outside at the park, at school, or in their neighborhood. Children were able to explore weather including wind and rainfall, construction of playspaces, and colors of nature.  Take a look at children’s explorations below!

Here, children are exploring water: rainfall, splashing, and puddles. What happens when water falls to the ground? Can you make splashes in the water? What does that sound like?
Field Trip Workshop
24
December
2013

Building a City in BigKidLab

In COSI’s Big KidLab, children have been working hard to design and build a city. Using recyclable materials such as milk jugs, egg cartons, cardboard, yogurt containers, and much more, children have become inspired to create a meaningful addition for the city.

COSI team members and adults have encouraged children to think about what is in a city. What structures are in a city? What does a city need? What did you see outside on your way to COSI? What do you wish a city could have? 
Photo of city build project in BigKidLab.
12
December
2013

Exploring Building and Construction

On November 26th, Ms. Erin Decamella’s preschool classroom at East Columbus Elementary acted as construction workers during the preschool outreach program, 3,2,1…Build It. Children put on construction vests, picked out tools to use, measured, and worked together and side-by-side during this class. Take a look.
Exploring Building and Construction
11
December
2013

3, 2, 1... Build it Fun!

On November 11th, at Oakmont Elementary, Ms. Pollyann Giffin’s preschool classroom took part in COSI’s 3,2,1…Build It program. This program was provided to the elementary school on behalf of PNC through PNC’s Grow Up Great Grant.

Children were very ecstatic to act as construction workers and take on building and measuring challenges. 
3, 2, 1... Build it Fun!
03
December
2013

Investigating Measuring and Building

On November 21,2013 Ms. Shauna Boatman's preschool classroom at Eakin Elementary took part in COSI's preschool outreach program, 3,2,1...Build It as part of the PNC Grow Up Great Grant.
Investigating Measuring and Building
26
November
2013

Preschool Outreach at Easthaven

Thanks to PNC Grow Up Great Grant another Columbus City Preschool Classroom got to participate in COSI's preschool outreach program, 3,2,1...Build It. Ms. Cindi Blaha's classroom in Easthaven Elementary had a wonderful time acting as construction workers and builders on November 19th. Let's take a look at their experience and findings.
Photo from preschool outreach program.
22
November
2013

COSI’s Let’s Get Movin’ Preschool Outreach Program

On Monday, November 18th at Grace Family Daycare and Preschool, children took part in COSI's Let's Get Movin' preschool outreach program. During this program children get the chance to participate in movement, dance, and create sound. Children explored materials that allowed them to practice both fine motor and gross motor movement.
Photo from preschool outreach program.
20
November
2013

Kids Explore the Science of Building

Thanks to the PNC Grow Up Great Grant, Meghan Zorne's preschool classroom at Fifth Avenue International, had the opportunity to participate in COSI's preschool outreach, 3,2,1...Build It program. Children and teachers truly enjoyed experimenting with measuring tools, building, and interacting with one another during this class. Take a look at what the children discovered:
Photo from preschool workshop.
13
November
2013

Exploring Bones in little kidspace

On Sunday, during COSI's Family Workshop: The Body, children learned about bones in their body and how they could use their body to discover science through hands-on activities. Family Workshops are for children ages 0-6 and their accompanying adults. Activities are developmentally appropriate and align with Ohio's Early Learning Content Standards.

Children had the opportunity to discover about bones and x-rays. They closely examined X-rays on a light table which helped them to better see the images as light shined through them. One child found it helpful to place the x-ray on a whiteboard and to look at it from a further point. It helped her to really see the different parts of the x-ray—the ribs specifically for this one.
Photo from Family Workshop.
05
November
2013

Exploring Building and Construction

Today at East Linden Elementary school, Ms. Peck's preschool classroom explored building and construction during COSI's 3,2,1...Build It program. PNC Grow up Great partnership is a Presenting Sponsor of this program.
Exploring Building and Construction
27
September
2013

September 19th Preschool Outreach: Build It!

On September 19th, during the Preschool Outreach, Build It, children had the opportunity to inquire about building and construction. They measured and compared attributes of objects such as length or weight.  Children explored shapes, including their relative positions and the idea that smaller shapes can be put together to build something larger. Additionally, children practiced counting and cardinality. Let's take a look at  their exploration.

September 19th Preschool Outreach: Build It!
18
September
2013

Preschool Outreach: Cycle of Seasons

During today's preschool outreach, Cycle of Seasons, children had the opportunity to take part in hands-on activities to discover about changes that may occur during the different seasons. Altogether we discussed what the word "seasons" means and how seasons never end; they keep going. As the seasons change from one to the next, we notice that the weather changes and that we may have to wear warmer or cooler clothes.

We explored the book, Sky Tree by Thomas Locker and Candace Chrristiansen, that illustrates and describes how a tree changes throughout the year as the seasons change. The tree's leaves change colors, fall off, and grow back. We furthered our exploration with leaves.

Preschool Outreach: Cycle of Seasons
03
September
2013

Simple Machines!

Last week, preschool-age children experimented with simple machines and construction. They learned about the different types of simple machines, such as pulleys, levers, and ramps.
Photo from pre-school workshop.
27
August
2013

Frogs for Toddlers!

Today, at a Frog themed Toddler Outreach in Powell, children had a blast exploring about frogs. They met two real African clawed frogs and used magnifying lenses to zoom in close to examine a frog's body. Children saw that the frogs had some of the same body parts that we do--hands and fingers, feet and toes, a head, and eyes. They noticed that the frog's eyes are very big and on the top of their heads. They enjoyed observing how the frogs would sit very still and then all of the sudden move their arms and legs to swim around their aquarium.

Frogs for Toddlers!

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