For Educators

Generation Rx Lab

The Generation Rx Lab is an innovative, educational experience within the Labs in Life exhibit at COSI and run by scientists from the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State. In this lab, your students can conduct hands-on experiments that apply science inquiry skills and provide an engaging platform to learn basic biology and chemistry concepts.

Please note these workshops require the purchase of COSI group rate admission and a COSI field trip reservation, which must be made in advance of your visit by calling 614.228.2674.

Making Lab Reservations

In advance of your visit, please follow these two steps to reserve your Generation Rx Lab experience.

Step 1: Reserve your COSI field trip and purchase a COSI group rate admission by calling 614.228.2674.

Step 2: After you have reserved your COSI field trip, reserve your specific "Generation Rx Lab experience" by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 765-278-1465. Dr. Downing will communicate directly with you to identify the specific lab you wish to conduct and schedule the specific time(s) of your lab experience(s).

Available Labs

Germinator

Students develop their own hand sanitizer and test its effectiveness on germs collected from their own hands. Concepts: bacteria life cycle, disease transmission, personal health.

  • Grade Levels: Grades K - 5
  • Number of Students: 12 - 18 per session

Salicylate Sleuths

Students discover products lurking in their home that may contain the medicine salicylate. Concepts: chemical reactions, medication safety, personal health.

  • Grade Levels: Grades K - 5
  • Number of Students: 12 - 18 per session

Superbug Sleuths

Students test if products such as toothpaste, hot sauce, and chicken noodle soup actually kill germs. Concepts: bacteria life cycle, disease transmission, personal health.

  • Grade Levels: Grades K - 5
  • Number of Students: 12 - 18 per session

Cabbage Patch Chemistry: Sizzling Acids & Fizzling Bases

Students cure a patient's belly blunders by using cabbage juice to identify the acids and bases in his diet. Concepts: acid/base chemistry, chemical reactions, human anatomy & physiology.

  • Grade Levels: Grades K - 5
  • Number of Students: 12 - 18 per session

Medicine In My Backyard

Students try to discover an antibiotic from a plant lurking in their backyard. Concepts: bacteria life cycle, plant biology, personal health.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 6-12
  • Number of Students: 12 - 18 per session

Frenzied Fleas

Students test the effects of drugs like caffeine and sleeping pills on the heart rate of a live water flea. Concepts: human anatomy & physiology, dose-response curves, drug toxicity.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 6-12
  • Number of Students: 12 - 18 per session

Brain Chatter

Students explore how drugs alter neuronal communication by using live crickets as a model and real electrophysiology equipment. Concepts: human anatomy & physiology, synaptic transmission, drug toxicity.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 9-12
  • Number of Students: 12 - 18 per session

DNA: Medicine Gets Personal

Students test a patient's DNA and determine their best treatment using real electrophoresis equipment. Concepts: molecular biology, pharmacogenomics, personal health.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 6-12
  • Number of Students: 12 - 18 per session

Funky Fruit Flies

Students explore how genes impact drug response by observing live wildtype and mutant drosophila exposed to alcohol. Concepts: molecular biology, pharmacogenomics, personal health.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 6-12
  • Number of Students: 12 - 18 per session