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Connecting from my school

Reservations for schools across the country and internationally connecting remotely to COSI for videoconference programs may be made through COSI’s online reservations system.

Coming to COSI

For schools, homeschool families, or individuals without access to videoconference equipment, live audiences are welcome to participate in Surgical Suite: Total Knee Replacement and In Depth: Autopsy from the comfort of COSI’s Galaxy Theater located on Level 2. Please call COSI (toll-free) at 888.819.2674 for dates and reservations.

COSI Academy

COSI Academy is a career exploration program for high school students considering science, technology, engineering, math, and health careers.
COSI Academy for the 2014-2015 school year is now full.

Grade Level: High School Students

COSI in the Classroom

A COSI Educator will bring all the materials for these one-hour, 30-student workshops to your classroom.

Career Exploration and Teen Experiences

COSI introduces students who dream of pursuing careers in science, math, engineering, or technology to professional scientists - giving them unique access to real world science. Students participate in lab experiments, learn to work together, and have fun!

Medical Career Discovery, COSI Academy

Camp COSI

When school is out, COSI is in! School's Out Camps provide the perfect opportunity for campers to stay scientific outside of school.

School's Out: K - 6 Grades

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Certified Educator Discounts

Certified Educator Discounts

Certified Teachers: $10 Admission, a savings of more than 40%! Teachers also qualify for discounted memberships.

COSI Academy

COSI Academy is a career exploration program for high school students considering science, technology, engineering, math, and health careers. Academy students meet at COSI on the first Saturday of each month from October through May with additional opportunities throughout the school year.

COSI Academy students meet at COSI on the first Saturday of each month from October to May. Each meeting includes a field trip to area labs and technology companies, or to colleges and universities offering science programs. In addition to monthly meetings and field trips during the school year, COSI Academy students take a one day college visit in early summer.

"I've been obsessed with science for as long as I can remember. I have an innate need to understand the world around me. Although some of that need is met through advanced science classes and independent study, nothing has opened me to the world of science like COSI Academy... COSI Academy has given me more opportunities than I'd have ever dreamed of, and I've loved every minute of it." --Laura, Dublin Coffman Senior

Annual COSI Academy tuition includes all monthly meetings and monthly field trips: $325 for COSI Members; $400 for nonmembers.

Scholarships are available.

COSI Academy Schedule 2014-2015

Dates:Topics:
October 4, 2014 TBA
November 1, 2014 TBA
December 6, 2014 TBA
January 3, 2015 TBA
February 7, 2015 TBA
March 7, 2015 TBA
April 11, 2015 TBA
May 2, 2015 TBA

Co-Ed/Family Overnight, Grades 1-8

  • 2013 Theme: 60-Second Science
  • Boys/Girls/Co-ed: Co-ed
  • Grade Level: Grades 1-8
  • Available Dates:
  • Saturday, February 23, 2013

Crazy Coasters

Explore force and motion as you work together to build a roller coaster. Put the force of gravity to work in COSI’s marble challenge. Engage in a hands-on experience to understand the science and design process that goes into engineering your favorite roller coasters.
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8
Current Conditions

Current Conditions

Bring the amazing world of weather into your school with COSI's Current Conditions program. With the help of COSI's "meteorologist-in-training," you'll explore how weather affects life on Earth everyday and learn about technology used by today's top forecasters. Students will test their forecasting skills, explore meteorological instruments, and discover why it's important to monitor extreme weather events.

  • Grade Level: Grades K-6
  • Standards: Earth & Space Science | Physical Science
COESRA Discount

COESRA Discount

$2.00 off exhibit admission with COESRA card. Applies to COESRA card holder and dependent children only.

Chemistry (Gadgets Stage)

Solids, liquids and gasses, Oh My! Explore all three phases of matter as we look into molecules, chemical and physical changes and see an explosive Gadgets stage show.

  • Age Level: Grades K-6
  • Program Date: December 26, 2014 9am – 4pm

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

Crime Scene Investigation

With the help of chemistry, biology, and an inquiring mind, become a Crime Scene Investigator. Use your powers of observation to discover clues from a crime scene in your classroom. Use science to uncover the meaning of each clue to catch the culprit before it’s too late!
  • Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Catapults, Trebuchets, & Physics—Oh My!

Discover force and motion by observing model medieval siege machines. Using the scientific process, design, build, test, and redesign your very own catapult or trebuchet using recycled materials. Discover how physics played a role in medieval weaponry!
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12

Cow Eye Dissection

Diagrams can only take you so far. To really understand what’s going on inside of the eye, why not cut one open? An experienced COSI Team Member will lead your class through an exciting, slimy, and scientific dissection of a cow’s eye in order to better understand how your own eyes function.
  • Grade Level: Grades 9-12

COSI Sustainability Series Film Screening: "DamNation"

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. In the 20th century, giant dams were considered an essential part of the United States’ expanding infrastructure. Decades later, many of these dams are aging and obsolete. DamNation examines the past and current public and political attitudes regarding removing dams from our waterways. The film also features beautiful views of the rivers and wildlife impacted by some of America’s iconic dams. Please note this film contains explicit language. Includes a reception with local resources and refreshments, plus an expert presentation followed by Q&A.
  • Date & Time: Thursday, December 11, 2014
  • Date & Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

COSI Sustainability Series Film Screening: "More Than Honey"

The majority of humankind’s food supply relies on honey bees for pollination. Honey bee populations are undergoing a sharp decline, and without them, conventional agricultural systems may collapse. More Than Honey explores the challenges modern and traditional beekeepers face. The film also features researchers and scientists working to save our most important pollinators. Includes a reception with local resources and refreshments, plus an expert presentation followed by Q&A.
  • Date & Time: Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • Date & Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

COSI Sustainability Series Film Screening: "Uranium Drive-in"

Uranium Drive-In follows a proposed uranium mill in southwestern Colorado – the first to be built in the U.S. in 30 years – and the emotional debate pitting a population desperate for jobs and financial stability against an environmental group based in a nearby resort town. Without judgment, both sides of the issue are brought to life in heart-wrenching detail as the film follows conflicting opinions and visions for the future. Includes a reception with local resources and refreshments, plus an expert presentation followed by Q&A.
  • Date & Time: Thursday, February 19, 2015
  • Date & Time: 6:30pm-9:15pm

COSI Sustainability Series Film Screening: "Tiny: A Story About Living Small"

TINY follows one couple's attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream. Includes a reception with local resources and refreshments, plus an expert presentation followed by Q&A.
  • Date & Time: Thursday, March 19, 2015
  • Date & Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Cold Science

Do you think it is cold outside? Just wait till we explore liquid nitrogen, now THAT’S COLD.

  • Age Level: Grades K-6
  • Program Date: February 16, 2015 9am – 4pm

COSI After Dark - a 21+ Event (January 8, 2015)

It's COSI without kids! Geek out with grown-ups and dive into the magical mysteries of science on a microscopic level. Turn your smartphone into a digital microscope, hear from experts about the amazing microbiome in the human gut, and much more. PLUS, explore COSI, ride the High Wire Unicycle, get lost in Adventure, enjoy special themed crafts and activities, concessions and a cash bar. Walk-up COSI After Dark tickets will be available at the COSI Box Office for $16 ($10 for COSI Members).

This event is for adults ages 21 and over, only. Valid photo ID required.


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Future COSI After Dark Themes - Tickets Now On Sale!




February 5: Science of Love & Attraction - Explore the titillating science behind sex & love.

March 5: Brain Science - Dissect a brain and answer the question: Will we all be cyborgs someday?

April 2: Top Secret Spycraft - Crack codes & solve mysteries using high-tech spy gear.

May 7: Chemistry of Cooking - Experiment in everyone's favorite laboratory - the kitchen.

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  • Date & Time: January 8, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Cost: $14 in advance, $16 at the door
  • Member Cost: $10 in advance or at the door