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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 in the Classroom

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

COSI Academy

COSI Academy is a career exploration program for high school students considering science, technology, engineering, math, and health careers.
COSI Academy registration is now open!

Grade Level: High School Students

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

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Certified Educator Discounts

Certified Educator Discounts

Certified Teachers: $9.00 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

Cycle of Seasons

Cycle of Seasons is designed to introduce students to the four seasons. This program begins with an investigation that will help students identify and observe different characteristics of the seasons. Preschool Outreach is a 45 minute session that consists of a group demonstration and activity centers with each session accommodating 20 or fewer students. The session times are scheduled by the person at your school who coordinates the Preschool Outreach event.

  • Grade Level: Preschool
COESRA Discount

COESRA Discount

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

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 - 18 per session

Costume Fun & Run
Saturday, October 25, 2014

The inaugural COSI Costume Fun & Run will feature a 5K race and 1 mile Family Fun Walk, all with a COSI twist. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and all will receive an event t-shirt, food and beverages at the finish line celebration and a general admission pass to COSI so they can stay and enjoy some spooky science or visit another day. Funds raised from this year's COSI Costume Fun & Run will help support the reopening of COSI's beloved Planetarium.

To register: Register Now
For questions, please contact Rebecca Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 614.629.3228.

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: "In Organic We Trust"

Are organic food labels more than a trendy buzzword? In Organic We Trust is an eye-opening food documentary that follows director and producer Kip Pastor on a personal journey to clear up misconceptions about organic food while highlighting practical solutions that are transforming the way we grow and eat. In Organic We Trust examines industrialized organic agriculture as well as smaller-scale farmers. The documentary interviews experts from government agencies, nutritionists, and farmers markets. In Organic We Trust also shows many ways consumers can directly access and support healthy food options. Includes a reception with local resources and refreshments, plus an expert presentation followed by Q&A.
  • Date & Time: Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • Date & Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Columbus Mini Maker Faire

The Columbus Mini Maker Faire brings together makers, innovators, artists, families and all kinds of incredible projects. Join us for arts and crafts, science, engineering, power tool drag races, speakers, hands-on workshops and much more. Admission to the Columbus Mini Maker Faire is free. Ticket purchase or Membership is required to visit COSI exhibitions.

Presented by: The Columbus Idea Foundry in partnership with COSI.

1st Annual Quad Copter Battle Tournament - Call for Teams!
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, during the 3rd Annual Columbus Mini Maker Faire, COSI and The Columbus Idea Foundry will be hosting the 1st Annual Quad Copter Battle Tournament! Twelve teams will compete for fabulous prizes in aerial combat inside COSI's Battle Arena, an 18ft tall cage covered in protective - the only thing separating spectators from the carnage inside! Click here to register your team! Quad Copter Battle Registration

  • Date & Time: Saturday, October 11 (10am-5pm)
  • Cost: Free (Ticket purchase or Membership is required to visit COSI exhibitions.)
  • Member Cost: Free

COSI After Dark - a 21+ Event - Zombie Apocalypse! (October 2, 2014)

Classic COSI exhibitions, themed activities, cash bar, and concessions. And zombies. Increase your chances of surviving the zombie apocalypse by learning about neurobiology, pandemics, survival tactics and prepping for disaster. Solve a thrilling new mystery in Adventure: Island of the Undead and watch Night of the Living Dead on our Giant Screen Theater.

Featuring partners: Dirtlab Bushcraft (http://www.dirtlabbushcraft.com/) Prepper Discounters (http://prepperdiscounters.com/) Columbus Public Health (http://columbus.gov/publichealth/) and The Day After Central Ohio (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Day-After-Central-Ohio/205339436318062)

Walk-up COSI After Dark tickets will also 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.

  • Date & Time: October 2, 2014 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

COSI After Dark - a 21+ Event (November 6, 2014)

It's COSI without kids! Geek out with grown-ups and explore COSI, ride the High Wire Unicycle, get lost in Adventure, enjoy special themed crafts and activities, concessions and a cash bar. This event is for ages 21 and over, only. Valid photo ID required. 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.

  • Date & Time: November 6, 2014 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

COSI After Dark - a 21+ Event (December 4, 2014)

It's COSI without kids! Geek out with grown-ups and explore COSI, ride the High Wire Unicycle, get lost in Adventure, enjoy special themed crafts and activities, concessions and a cash bar. This event is for ages 21 and over, only. Valid photo ID required. 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.

  • Date & Time: Devember 4, 2014 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

COSI Sustainability Series Film Screening: "Trashed"

In this documentary, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons takes us on an emotional exploration of the world’s most environmentally-polluted places to reveal the extent our rubbish is affecting us and our planet. His trip includes visits to the final destinations of household garbage, electronic waste, and plastics in the ocean. Irons concludes the journey by highlighting solutions including recycling, composting, and reducing packaging on a large scale. Includes a reception with local resources and refreshments, plus an expert presentation followed by Q&A.
  • Date & Time: Thursday, November 20, 2014
  • Date & Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

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 15, 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