For Educators

Generation Rx Lab

All Generation Rx lab experiences are free with COSI admission.

The Generation Rx Lab is a drug education research lab within the Labs in Life exhibit at COSI and run by scientists from the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State. In this lab, COSI guests conduct hands-on experiments related to the science of drug action. Because drug topics spark young learners’ interests, the lab is currently researching if teaching science through a pharmacology context provides students with an effective platform to engage in the scientific process and learn basic biology and chemistry concepts. Therefore, one current research project provides classrooms visiting COSI on a field trip with the opportunity to visit the Generation Rx Lab and conduct one of their educational programs. Because it is a working Ohio State research lab, educators must ensure they meet the following criteria before reserving their space in the Generation Rx Lab:

  • Each educational program will last 1 hour and accommodate 12-15 students. Multiple programs can be conducted as long as a 15-minute window is scheduled between programs.
  • A current science educator of the students visiting the lab must accompany each group of students.
  • Because it is a working research lab, it is required that this educator help engage the students during the program and complete a 10-minute survey immediately following completion of the program about their experience.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 513-484-5813. Dr. Rooney 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). All lab experiences are free with COSI admission.

Additional lab experiences including “Germinator!”, “Medicine in My Backyard?!”, “Heart Attack”, and “Brain Chatter” are featured as one experience in COSI’s 21st Century Learning Labs.

Available Rx Labs

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 3-6
  • Number of Students: 12 - 15 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 3-6
  • Number of Students: 12 - 15 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 7-12
  • Number of Students: 12 - 15 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 7-12
  • Number of Students: 12 - 15 per session


Students interact with a human patient simulator involved in a trauma situation as they simulate the career of a hospital pharmacist. Concepts: human anatomy and physiology, health careers, personal health.

  • Grade Levels: Grades 7-12
  • Number of Students: 12 - 15 per session