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21st Century Learning Labs

Invest your school’s 21st Century dollars in these new highly-structured programs from COSI that provide hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences on selected dates.

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21st Century Learning Lab: Germs

Unpack a box of 21st century skills in this structured 3.5-hour COSI program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes...

  • Grade Levels: Grades 3-8
  • Number of Students: 30

21st Century Learning Lab: DNA

Explore the individuality and complex body design of living things in this highly-structured 3.5-hour program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes:

  • COSI general admission
  • "Funky Fruit Flies," a 45-minute workshop in COSI’s Labs in Life with Ohio State University’s Dr. Molly Downing. Can DNA determine how well we respond to a drug? Find out as we observe wildtype & mutant fruit flies exposed to alcohol
  • 45-minute "DNA: The Foundation for YOU" workshop, where your students will learn about DNA and how it relates to cellular structure and expression of characteristics.
  • "Surgical Suite: Total Knee replacement," a powerful learning experience for students and adults that lets you ask questions and interact via videoconference with surgeons and medical personnel in a real hospital operating room.

Available Dates:
2014: October 17, November 14, December 19
2015: January 23, February 13, March 6, April 17, May 22

  • Grade Levels: Grades 9-12

21st Century Learning Lab: Brain Chatter

Explore the interactions of the brain with the bodily functions it controls in this highly-structured 3.5-hour program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion that includes:

  • COSI general admission
  • "Brain Chatter" 45-minute workshop: can a drug alter how our neurons talk to each other? Explore this question using live crickets and real electrophysiology equipment
  • "Sheep Brain Dissection" - Explore animal anatomy and discover the body functions that our brains control in this 45-minute sheep brain dissection
  • ""In Depth: Autopsy Live" - An Ohio State University pathology resident will join your students live as they observe a 90-minute recorded human autopsy from beginning to end. Your students must use information gathered during the program and post-visit activities to determine the cause of death.

Available Dates:
2014: October 10, 24
November 21 (Sold Out), December 5 (Sold Out), 12 (Sold Out)

  • Grade Levels: Grades 9-12

3, 2, 1...Build It!

3,2,1…let’s build! Get ready to investigate building materials and construction through this hands-on experience. Explore balancing, shapes, numbers, measurement, and more!

  • Grade Level: Preschool

3, 2, 1...Build It!

Build it, stack it, construct! Be a construction worker as you use real tools and materials to carry out investigations.

  • Grade Level: 18-36mos