Kate Storm is COSI's Director of Theaters, overseeing the Planetarium and the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater. Favorite things: the Maker movement, digital animation, astronomy, and high ropes courses.
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.
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.
August 9-11 is the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, but unfortunately Sunday's full Moon will make it hard to see the meteors. Check out the sky earlier in the week to catch a few of these "shooting stars."
On Sunday, February 23, COSI hosted "Big Bang Science Day" at COSI with Dr. John Beacom and OSU's Center of Cosmology and Astro Particle Physics (CCAPP) and their guest lecturer, Dr. Lloyd Knox, from the University of California, Davis. 143 people attended the lecture, and additional COSI guests joined researchers in the atrium for a Science Day discussion on astronomy, cosmology, and physics.
On Thursday, Feb. 20th I attended the Technical Review of our local Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program participants, DeSales High School. The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program provides grants to high school teams each year so they can invent technical solutions to real-world problems.
Started Friday morning at OSU's Wake Up Start Up event and got to hear a pitch from Dr. Melissa Bailey for her IXM mobile eye exam concept. Dr. Bailey works with COSI as part of our Labs in Life. This gave her access to lots of COSI guests as subjects to gather her normative data. We're glad to be a part of this innovative entrepreneurial idea.
I've always loved Bowie's "Space Oddity" which was first released in 1969. The combination of that song, created in the early days of the space program, along with astronaut Chris Hadfield's views from the International Space Station, made me remember just how far we've come......
Today we got COSI's first MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer! COSI's Electronic Engineer, Mike Schoenborn, and I were the lucky ones who got to start it up - much easier than I expected. We've already printed our first test object, "Mr. Jaws."
At the 2013 White House Science Fair this week, President Obama spoke about the new commitments in the Educate to Innovate campaign, including the Maker Corps initiative. "This summer, the Maker Education Initiative will launch the first-ever Maker Corps. These volunteers will give more young people the opportunity to design and build something that is personally meaningful to them. In its first year, over 100 Maker Corps members - in 19 states and Washington D.C. - will work with 34 partner organizations such as schools, libraries, and science centers."
As COSI's Technology & Innovation strategic area of focus lead, my favorite part of my job is meeting creative and innovative people. Last week COSI hosted The Columbus Idea Foundry's Ethan Dicks, and his group, The Central Ohio RepRap and Makerbot Operators User Group (CORMUG). They teach and learn about 3D printing, and if you're interested in tinkering, rapid prototyping or micro-manufacturing, this is the group to know.