COSI - Gadgets

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Crank the Biggest Gadget of All: Your Brain!

Gadgets solve problems, do work, and make us laugh. Try to lift your own weight in the pulley chair, split laser beams, and build a bridge. Reserve time in the Gadgets Café for a hands-on challenge. Take in a show on the Gadgets Stage for a guided exploration of physics, chemistry, engineering, and energy.
Warning: sometimes science can be loud!

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Explore lasers, motion, mechanics, and more

Experiment with splitting lasers at the Laser Table, where mirrors, prisms, and mist help you understand this very useful form of light. Put gravity, compression, tension, and torque to work as you build a model bridge to cross a canyon, then test your creation to see if it can stand the pressure. At the Pulley Chair, use simple machines to overcome gravity and lift yourself off the ground.

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Make high-tech industrial robots disco dance

Gadgets is home to COSI’s disco-dancing robots, Rivet and Bolt. Ohio-based Robotworx donated Rivet and Bolt to promote robotics education and to inspire and inform the next generation about the inner workings and capabilities of industrial robots. Learn how robots are constructed, how they work, and where they picked up their dance moves at the Robotworx site!

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Take things apart and put them back together

If you’ve ever wondered how gadgets work, COSI’s Gadgets Café gives you the chance to unlock the secrets of everyday appliances by taking apart old machines and computers. Choose from two challenging café menus. Café reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis at the café entrance on Level Two. Signing up early in the day is recommended.