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Our Energy Future Topic For Weekend of Activities at COSI

Energy Weekend Kicks Off November 1 with World-Renowned Energy Expert

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Columbus, OH – COSI explores energy with a weekend of activities November 1 - 3, 2013. The weekend opens with a special appearance from world-renowned energy expert, Dr. Scott Tinker, who will show his film Switch, the acclaimed agenda-free energy documentary that has been embraced across political lines. On Saturday, November 2, 2013 and Sunday, November 3, 2013, COSI guests of all ages can meet scientists and engineers working to secure our energy future and try out hands-on activities about producing, conserving, and using energy.

Energy Science Weekend is in conjunction with the recent opening of COSI's brand-new exhibition area, Energy Explorers, a hands-on, interactive exhibition focusing on how energy powers the world around us – from the transportation we take, to the products we buy, to the ways we live and work.

"With the opening of Energy Explorers this past summer, we have a unique and fascinating platform to delve into one of our strategic areas of focus, energy and environment, and engage our visitors in activities regarding how they can use energy in more efficient ways," said David E. Chesebrough, Ed.D., president and CEO of COSI. "Energy is an important topic that affects all of our lives. Connecting our audience with scientists, engineers, and experts in the field of energy helps our community better understand how the choices we make impact our world."

The Future of Energy: Switch film with Dr. Scott Tinker (6:30pm – 10pm)
Switch explores the profound changes happening now to our energy sources and seeks to improve today's polarized and unproductive energy conversations. Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, and holds the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Dr. Tinker. This event begins with light refreshments at 6:30pm. Free. Advance registration is required. Please visit

Energy Science Weekend
Saturday, November 2, 2013 (10am – 3pm)
Sunday, November 3, 2013 (12pm – 4pm)
Meet scientists and engineers working to secure our energy future and try your hand at producing, conserving, and using energy. Explore COSI's newest exhibition, Energy Explorers. Free with COSI admission or Membership.

Switch screening made possible by Supported by: Clifford and Mary Ozias Conservation and Forestry Fund of The Columbus Foundation and The Ohio State University Office of Energy and Environment. Energy Science Weekend is presented by American Electric Power Foundation and supported by Columbia Gas of Ohio. Energy Explorers was made possible through generous support from numerous grantors and sponsors, with major support provided by American Electric Power Foundation, Murray Energy Corporation, the Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Energy, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project also was supported by a local impact grant from Center of Science, a national collaborative to advance science and technology, funded in part by National Geographic and GE.

Author; Jaclyn Reynolds

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Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds is the Public Relations and Social Media Manager for COSI. She has worked in communications and PR for more than 15 years. She has worked as a TV news producer in cable news and as a public information officer and communications specialist in state government.