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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.

Free Admission for Chaperones & Teachers! Schools participating in COSI’s 21st Century Learning Labs in September, October, or November 2013 will receive free admission for your group’s chaperons and teachers (within a 1:5 ratio). Call 614.228.2674 for details.

Health-Related Programming Presented by: Cardinal Health

Reservation and Cancellation Policy

Full payment is due one month prior to your program date unless a previously agreed upon payment time line has been established. Cancellations made less than one month prior to your program date are non-refundable.

Up to two weeks prior to your program date, programs may be rescheduled to a new date within the same school year one time at no penalty. You must contact COSI at least two weeks prior to your program date to be eligible to reschedule or the ability to transfer the credit to another session will be forfeited. Changes made less than two weeks prior to your date will not be refunded.

Weather-related cancellations can be rescheduled to a new date within the same school year at no penalty as long as COSI is notified within two hours of the program start time. Weather-related cancellations that aren't rescheduled into a new date within the same school year will not be refunded.

Overpayments will be refunded in the manner in which they were received.

Available Learning Labs:

21st Century Learning Lab: Germs

Grades: 3-8
Price: $20 per person*

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

  • COSI general admission
  • 45-minute Germinator workshop in COSI’s Labs in Life with Ohio State University researcher Dr. Molly Brown where you’ll develop a hand sanitizer and test its effectiveness
  • Fight Germs, Stay Healthy, a 45-minute workshop conducted by the COSI Team, where we’ll discover how our bodies protect us from germs
  • Influenza! In the Columbus Historical Society gallery at COSI, learn about the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and see how Columbus’ approach saved thousands of lives

Available On:
2013: October 9, 18
2014: January 22, February 5 & 14, March 7 & 12, April 4 & 15, May 15 & 21


21st Century Learning Lab: DNA

Grades: 9-12
Price: $20 per person*

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 Brown. 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
  • 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 On:
2013: November 8, December 4
2014: January 29, February 13, March 11 & 21, April 10, May 1


21st Century Learning Lab: Brain Chatter

Grades: 9-12
Price: $20 per person*

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 On:
2013: October 30, 2013
2014: January 24, February 28, March 13, March 26, April 14, May 23


21st Century Learning Lab: From Plants to Pharmacy—Exploring Pharmacology

Grades: 3-8
Price: $20 per person*

Explore pharmacology and the plants that play an important role in development of medicines. This 3.5-hour program focused on cross-curricular learning immersion includes two 45-minute workshops and a documentary film on Ohio’s largest digital movie screen:

  • COSI general admission
  • Medicine In My Backyard: Why do plants make medicine for humans? Explore this question in this 45-minute workshop as we discover new antibiotics from plants or synthesize aspirin from willow tree bark.
  • From Plants to Pharmacy: The history of pharmaceuticals starts with plants. By better understanding plant structure and function we can better understand pharmaceuticals. Through this 45-minute workshop, students will be able to better link plants to the medicines we use today.

Available On:
2013: October 11 & 16, November 15, December 13
2014: January 31, February 7 & 19, March 14 & 25, April 8 & 18, May 16 & 20


21st Century Learning Lab: Forensic Science

Available Spring 2014

Grades: 3-12 Price: $25 per person

Develop your 21st Century skills by investigating and solving COSI mysteries through these incredible experiences:

  • COSI general admission
  • Admission to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, a limited-engagement exhibition at COSI. Meet Sherlock Holmes, scientifically trained, a master of deduction, an employer of imagination and encyclopedic knowledge. Experience an interactive exhibition like no other as you join Sherlock Holmes in solving a captivating mystery.
  • CSI Crime Scene Investigation: become a crime scene investigator and use the help of chemistry and biology to solve the mystery in this 45-minute workshop led by the COSI Team.
  • For Grades 3-8: Admission to COSI’s Adventure exhibition — step inside Adventure and you are transported to another place and another time: a remote island shrouded in darkness, where remnants of an ancient culture guard a secret that only you can unlock.
  • For Grades 9-12: In Depth: Autopsy Live, where an Ohio State University pathology resident will join your students 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.

Dates:
Grades 3-8 “Forensic Science” Learning Lab Available 2014 Dates:
February 20 & 26, March 7 & 28, April 17 & 25, May 6 & 15

Grades 9-12 “Forensic Science” Learning Lab Available 2014 Dates:
March 21 & 26, April 10 & 14, May 1 & 23

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, December 5, 12

  • Grade Levels: Grades 9-12