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COSI Connects launches audiences of all ages into a universe of science through online videos and activities.
COSI Connects launches audiences of all ages into a universe of science through online videos, activities, plus a free mobile app that enables science exploration even when offline. COSI Connects is helping to the digital divide, promote digital literacy, and address critical science education needs simultaneously.
Monday, August 24
American Museum of Natural History co-curator Ana Luz Porzecanski was on-air with La Mega Columbus 103.1 to share more about her work on COSI's ¡Cuba! exhibit.
Monday, August 31 Food: Cuban Sandwich
It's the first day of COSI's Digital Cuba Week! We will be joined by Pablo Taura, owner of Pablo's Havana Café in Powell, as he shows us how he makes a fan-favorite from his menu - the Cuban Sandwich! The Cuban sandwich is a variation on a ham and cheese sandwich, and originated from Cuban immigrant communities in Florida.
Tuesday, September 1 Art: Cuban Art
Michael Reese tells his story in this video. He was first exposed to Cuban art after a visit to the Pizzuti Collection. Since then, he has been regularly traveling to Cuba as a curator and consultant.
Wednesday, September 2 Dancing: La Guantanamera
Dancer and instructor Griset Damas-Roche from Plain City's U Will Dance Studio shares choregoraphy for Celia Cruz's "Guantanamera" for Day 3 of Cuba Week!
Thursday, September 3 Food: Black Beans Recipe
Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, Director of the Latina Mentoring Academy, shares her family's recipe for authentic Cuban black beans for Day 4 of Cuba Week.
Friday, September 4 Music: The Alonso Brothers, Mambo No. 5
For the final day of Cuba Week, watch pianist Orlay Alonso and his brother, Orlando, duet "King of the Mambo" Pérez Prado's Mambo No. 5. Prado was a pianist and composer known for popularizing the mambo in the 1950s - Mambo No. 5 was one of his greatest hits!
Cuba is teeming with amazingly unique wildlife and we are fortunate to be able to display a few live specimens for an up close look.
Cuban Tree Frogs
The Cuban tree frogs were brought in for the Cuba exhibit, but will be absorbed into our permanent collection once Cuba finishes its run. They love soaking in their water dish and are always active during feeding time when crickets are added to their display.
These frogs were collected from a wild invasive population in the southern United States. While they are an important species in their native range, they are much larger than native U.S tree frogs and they not only out compete them for food, but will eat native frogs outright!
Genus/Species: Osteopilus septentrionalis
The anoles in the Cuba exhibit are on loan from another institution for the run of the exhibit. The bearded anole loves to be misted and enjoys drinking from his dripping plant, but otherwise prefers for us to leave him alone.
Bearded anoles are also known as false chameleons due to their similar physical appearance. One of the main differences are his toes which are adapted to climbing in the canopy of the forests in Cuba.
Genus/Species: Anolis barbatus
"Montoya" - Boa Constrictor
Montoya is currently on display in our Cuba exhibit and came to us from a reptile rescue where he had been surrendered. While this species is common in the pet industry, most people don’t realize how big they can get with females reaching 10 feet. This can result in them finding their way to a rescue or sometimes even being introduced to the wild where they pose a threat to native wildlife.
While this boa species is found on the mainland from Mexico to Ecuador, his Cuban cousin is found exclusively in Cuba and has been observed hunting fruit bats collectively at the mouths of caves.
Genus/Species: Boa Constrictor
The anoles in the Cuba exhibit are on loan from another institution for the run of the exhibit. The smallwoods anole not only has beautiful colors that help him blend in to his environment, but they will change depending on his mood. He also has a flap of skin on his chin called a dulap which he will flare to make himself appear bigger. It also lets us know that this individual is a male.
This species is a “crown-giant ecomorph”; crown - they are found in the crown of the tree; giant – they are very large for an anole species; ecomorph – a species that occupy the same niche in the same microhabitat.
Genus/Species: Anolis smallwoodi
Did you know that COSI is home to several animals, including snakes, opossums, chickens and turtles? We have around 40 different species in house averaging 60 individuals and 11 separate colonies. You can meet some of them here through our virtual wild experience.
"Big Sis" and "Little Sis" Eastern spotted turtle
Big Sis and Lil Sis are in fact both boys. They received their names before being identified as such and the names just never changed. What they lack in size (adult spotted turtles stay under 6”), they make up for in attitude. The “Napoleon complex” would be a fitting term for these feisty little turtles. They can be “spotted” in our Lily Pad exhibit.
Spotted turtles are a federally endangered species. Reasons for their population decline include the loss of wetlands where they live, an increased number of their top predator – the raccoon, as well as the black market pet industry. If you “spot” one of these turtles in the wild, be sure to keep that location to yourself so you don’t accidentally tip off an illegal pet trader.
Genus/Species: Clemmys guttata
Chum" and "Bucket" Eastern Box Turtle
Bucket has been with us for many years and was donated by a family who had kept her as a pet. In 2016 during a routine vet check, we discovered that she started carrying unfertilized eggs. Given her popularity with our guests, we decided to add another rescued box turtle to our collection to give Bucket some space while she laid her eggs. This is when Chum joined our team. Both turtles live together harmoniously.
Regulations regarding housing of this species have changed over the years as their populations have declined. It is currently illegal to house any native Ohio species without appropriate permits in an effort to protect and restore populations.
Genus/Species: Terrapene carolina carolina
"Arrchimedes" Eastern Screech Owl
Arrchimedes is an Eastern screech owl that was found injured in the wild and was brought to a wildlife rescue to be rehabilitated. Unfortunately, she is unable to catch live food as a result of her injuries and is therefore unreleaseable. She has adjusted well to living here at COSI and is a solid little program bird that allows for a rare opportunity to see one of these owls up close.
These owls are common here in central Ohio, though they are very difficult to find! Instead of looking up into the trees to try and find them, look around the base of the tree for castings (pellets) and droppings (distinctive white urates). Once you find these identifiers, that’s the tree you will want to keep an eye on.
Genus/Species: Megascops asio
"Patches O'Houlihan" Virginia opossum
Patches O’Houlihan was rescued from being attacked by a dog but suffered a spinal injury that affects his mobility. His injury resulted in him being non-releasable which is how he found a home here at COSI. He enjoys walks out in Big Science Park and is part of various animal programs we offer. Virginia opossums are fascinating marsupials (!) with terribly short lifespans of only 2 years. This August, Patches will be considered an old man.
Genus/Species: Didelphis virginiana
"Toothless" Eastern Hellbender
Toothless is a 2018 hatchling on loan from the Ohio Division of Wildlife. He is a part of a conservation effort to help save this endangered species here in Ohio. He is currently on display in our Lily Pad exhibit.
Hellbenders are the largest amphibian in Ohio reaching up to 2’ in length! They also have some of the best nicknames in the animal kingdom: Snot otter, Allegheny alligator, Grampus, and Old lasagna sides, just to name a few.
Genus/Species: Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
Citizen science is a way for anyone, regardless of whether or not you have any scientific training, to participate in real scientific research. You don't need any special equipment, and citizen science can be done in your spare time. It's a way to learn about cutting edge scientific research in fields that are meaningful to you, and to make your own contributions to that research.
Wildlife Species Sighting
Calling all citizen scientists: the annual ODNR wild turkey and ruffed grouse brood survey is underway! Sightings during July and August are very important. Please report any sightings of turkeys and or grouse at the Wildlife Species Sighting Webpage.
Smithsonian Digital Transcription Center
Want to help out museums? You could become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer! Help them by transcribing historical documents to help make these important documents more accessible. Maybe you’ll be transcribing Sally Ride’s training notes, or documents and letters from the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, to help us learn more about formerly enslaved men and women in Mississippi during the Reconstruction Era. New projects are frequently added to the Smithsonian Digital Transcription Center.
The Boston Public Library needs your help to turn their collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications. You can help make history accessible by transcribing these records.
Have you ever wanted to explore another planet? In Planet Four, you can help planetary scientists identify and characterize features on the surface of Mars.
The American Soldier
The American Soldier is a Citizen Science project that aims to transcribe and make public reflections that were written by American soldiers who served during World War II. The goal of the project is to provide the most complete and comprehensive portrait of the largest army in the nation’s history.
Are you looking for online games to play? How about an online game that contributes to scientific research? Fold It has you covered! Download this game to solve protein folding puzzles for science.
You can contribute to Alzheimer’s research! Scientists at Cornell University are trying to better understand the reduced blood flow in the brain due to Alzheimers. You can help them out by catching stalls (clogged blood vessels) in the brains of mice.
Have you been outside much this spring? While you’re out there, remember that springtime is a great time to appreciate and enjoy nature. Look around you and see what sorts of plants and animals live in your backyard. Whether you find birds, squirrels, insects, weeds, moss or mushrooms, you can contribute to citizen science by submitting pictures of your observations to iNaturalist.
Did you learn something incredible today? Share it with COSI, your grownups, and friends with a Teachback photo or 2-minute video. It's a fun and easy way to show off your new knowledge! Submit yours by downloading the COSI App!
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Herbs and Spices
Physics: The Science of Motion!
Enjoy these Spanish language activities from our friends from the Language Sciences Research Lab here at COSI! The lab is dedicated to the study of language and the dissemination of knowledge about language sciences. The COSI research pods - called the Labs in Life - showcase research from The Ohio State University.
Pares mínimos en lengua de señas americanas (ASL)
Este video es sobre los cinco parámetros de ASL, como estos parámetros se ocupan para hacer pares mínimos en ASL, y como estos pares mínimos crean diferentes palabras en ASL.
Etiquetas del Alfabeto Fonético Internacional
Este video es sobre el Alfabeto Fonético Internacional (AFI) y como se utiliza para pronunciar sonidos en diferentes lenguajes.
La historia de voseo
Este video es sobre la historia de voseo, sus conjugaciones, variaciones dialectales entre las conjugaciones de voseo, y como cambian los lenguajes sobre tiempo.
Los Dialectos del Español
Este video es sobrelas diferencias regionales del español y como dependiendo de como las personas dicen algunas palabras podemos saber de donde ellas vinieron.
Este video es sobrecomo los niños aprenden los significados de las palabras.
Este video es sobre como leer es algo que normalmente acontece sin ningún pensamiento consciente.
Flex your STEM skills with our Science Challenges! Engineer the perfect paper airplane, make a boat float, or design your very own fidget spinner. After you've completed a challenge, share it with us on social media by using the hashtag #COSIConnects.
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Explore American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery at COSI in 3D
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Featured Activity: Stay Active!
Staying active is an important part of your overall health. The key is to find activities that both raise your heart rate and that you enjoy doing.In this activity, you will get active while practicing experimental design and data analysis!
Added On: 10/01/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Middle Subjects: Hockey Science, Biology, Health
Featured Activity: Bernoulli's Principle in Action
See Bernoulli's principle in action as you supply some fast-moving air to levitate a ping pong ball.
Added On: 09/30/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Educator Workshops, Physics
Featured Activity: Oobleck!
Read along with us as we hear about the story of Bartholomew and the Oobleck, then make some oobleck of your own!
Added On: 09/29/2020 Age Ranges: Early Childhood Subjects: Other, Literacy
Featured Activity: Marshmallow Towers
In this activity, you will be an engineer and build your own towering structures using just mini-marshmallows and toothpicks.
Added On: 09/28/2020 Age Ranges: Early Childhood, Elementary Subjects: Geology, History, Science Now
Featured Activity: Exploring Insulation
Explore the insulation capabilities of various materials around your house.
Added On: 09/25/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Fossil Friday, Physics, Paleontology, Biology, Zoololgy
Featured Activity: Candy Camouflage
In this activity, participants will learn about camouflage. They will use candy to show how camouflage can be used by prey to avoid being caught by predators.
Added On: 09/24/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Nature, Biology, Zoololgy, Educator Workshops
Featured Activity: Ice Balloons
Make your own ice balloons, then design and perform your own experiments using basic household supplies.
Added On: 09/23/2020 Age Ranges: Early Childhood Subjects: Educator Workshops, Experimental Design, Physics
Featured Activity: Pretend Play: Be a Veterinarian
A veterinarian, sometimes called a vet, is a doctor for animals. Grab some toys and get ready to pretend that you are a vet!
Added On: 09/22/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Other, Careers, Zoology
Featured Activity: Build A Well
Once you%u2019re done with a roll of toilet paper, there are a lot of creative things you can do with the tube itself %u2013 including several science demonstrations! Here%u2019s one to try: make your own model well.
Added On: 09/21/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Science Now, Engineering, Sustainability
Featured Activity: Scioto Sweep 2020
Have you ever participated in a community cleanup? Grab some gear and spend an afternoon with your family picking up litter!
Added On: 09/18/2020 Age Ranges: Adult, Family Subjects: Other, Environment
Featured Activity: Mini Biome
Build a miniature biome using household items and observe how plants grow in different conditions.
Added On: 09/17/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Family Subjects: Science Now
Featured Activity: Watersheds
What is a Watershed? Learn more about watersheds with this intuitive activity in which learners will make a watershed model.
Added On: 09/16/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Other, Geography
Featured Activity: Maple Seeds
Take to the air with science by experimenting with maple seeds. Then try your hand at designing your own model maple seed.
Added On: 09/15/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Educator Workshops, Botany
Featured Activity: Litterati
Learn how to use the free Litterati App and connect virtually to the Scioto Sweep and other community cleanup initiatives!
Added On: 09/14/2020 Age Ranges: Adult, Family Subjects: Environment, Other
Featured Activity: Cookie Excavation: Paleontological Field Techniques
Use some kitchen tools and cookies to practice excavation. See if paleontology or archaeology might just be a good future career path for you!
Added On: 09/11/2020 Age Ranges: Middle Subjects: Fossil Friday, Careers, Archaeology, Paleontology
Featured Activity: 3, 2, 1, Pop!
Construct a rocket powered by the pressure generated from an effervescing antacid tablet reacting with water.
Added On: 09/10/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Physics, Engineering, Space, Educator Workshops
Featured Activity: Birds Eye View
Explore bird vision as you observe and compare the positioning of bird's eyes with a mask.
Added On: 09/09/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Educator Workshops, Zoology
Featured Activity: Pulse Pick
Have you ever taken your heart rate? In this activity, learn how to measure a pulse and construct a simple tool to help you to take that measurement.
Added On: 09/08/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Educator Workshops, Biology, Health
Featured Activity: Art and Technology
Use the coloring page created by the Art Director and Designer at Virgin Hyperloop to color the Hyperloop XP-1 vehicle. Then, imagine you are an art director for a transportation technology company and draw a technology of the future!
Added On: 08/28/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Early Childhood, Middle Subjects: Art, Other
Featured Activity: Reducing Friction - Build a Hovercraft
Virgin Hyperloop is working to overcome friction to create one of the fastest transportation systems the world has ever seen! Try your hand at overcoming friction in this activity by creating your own miniature hovercraft!
Added On: 08/27/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Middle Subjects: Engineering, Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Flower Dissection
Perform a plant dissection to gain a better understanding of a plant's structure and function.
Added On: 08/26/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Educator Workshops, Botany
Featured Activity: Centripetal Force
When an object is moving in a curved or circular path, centripetal force is what keeps the object on that curved path. In this activity, explore centripetal force at home; see if you can spin a bucket of water in a circle without spilling!
Added On: 08/25/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Middle Subjects: Other, Physics
Featured Activity: Mars Critters
Use your understanding of Mars or another planet to construct a model of a plant or animal that has the critical features to survive on that planet.
Added On: 08/24/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Family Subjects: Space, Science Now
Featured Activity: Did Dinosaurs Live in Ohio?
Learn about fossils! In this activity, you will explore Dimetrodon and learn how we know that it was not a dinosaur!
Added On: 08/21/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Fossil Friday, Paleontology
Featured Activity: Pond Water Up Close
Have you ever looked up close - like really close - at the tiny critters living in pond water? In this activity, you will have the chance to do just that. Whether you have your own microscope or just access to the internet, take a look at some of the microorganisms living in a drop of pond water.
Added On: 08/20/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Environment, Other
Featured Activity: Migration Magnets
Some modern turtles swim thousands of miles to lay eggs on the same beaches where they were hatched. Scientists believe that they use magnetic fields to navigate the vast oceans and find the those beaches. Use magnets to navigate like a sea turtle.
Added On: 08/14/2020 Age Ranges: Early Childhood, Elementary Subjects: Fossil Friday, Geology, Physics
Featured Activity: Clues about Clouds
Make a cloud in a plastic bottle to learn about condensation, evaporation, and air pressure.
Added On: 08/13/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Middle Subjects: Environment, Other
Featured Activity: Thumb-less Races
Explore the importance of opposable thumbs and how adaptations provide advantages.
Added On: 08/12/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Early Childhood, Family Subjects: Zoology, Educator Workshops
Featured Activity: Owl & Mouse
Learn about the unique adaptations of owls by playing a game that simulates the way that owls chase their prey.
Added On: 08/11/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Early Childhood, Family Subjects: Science Now, Environment, Zoology
Featured Activity: Grossology at Home
Observe what happens when water and antacid combine to make carbon dioxide gas.
Added On: 08/10/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Chemistry, Other
Featured Activity: Fuzzy Friends
Use a family pet or stuffed animal to explore and understand how different animal fur has unique textures, markings, and thickness to adapt to their habitats.
Added On: 08/07/2020 Age Ranges: Early Childhood, Family Subjects: Fossil Friday, Zoology
Featured Activity: Solubility and Density
What do you know about solubility and density? In this activity, use some simple kitchen materials to observe the properties of solubility and density firsthand!
Added On: 08/06/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Educator Workshops, Chemistry, Physics
Featured Activity: Measuring Precipitation
Think about last week: did it rain or snow? Do you know how many inches of precipitation your backyard received? Build your own rain gauge to monitor precipitation.
Added On: 08/05/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Middle Subjects: Space, Other
Featured Activity: Why Wash Your Hands?
We have all heard that we need to wash our hands regularly. Why is that? In this activity, use the scientific method to run your own experiment showing the difference between washed and unwashed hands.
Added On: 08/04/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Science Now, Biology, Health
Featured Activity: Elephant Toothpaste at Home
Did you know that you can do the elephant toothpaste demonstration at home? With the help of an adult, try this fun but messy demonstration with a few supplies you probably already have around the house!
Added On: 08/03/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Educator Workshops, Chemistry
Featured Activity: Dinosaur Gallery Scavenger Hunt
Did you know that you can explore the American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery from home on COSI Connects? Use this scavenger hunt as you explore the gallery and learn some fun dinosaur facts!
Added On: 07/31/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Middle Subjects: Fossil Friday, Paleontology
Featured Activity: Newton's First Law Exploration
Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object at rest will stay at rest and an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Have fun experimenting with Newton's First Law of motion!
Added On: 07/30/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Other, Physics
Featured Activity: What Can Teeth Tell Us?
How much can we learn from teeth? In this activity, learn to recognize the form and function of teeth, and see what that tells you about an animal's diet.
Added On: 07/29/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Fossil Friday, Paleontology, Zoology
Featured Activity: Homemade Slushie
Use a little bit of science to make a homemade slushie for a cold treat on a hot day!
Added On: 07/28/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Early Childhood, Middle Subjects: Educator Workshops, Food Science, Chemistry, Physics
Featured Activity: Frozen Volcano
Take your vinegar and baking soda volcano up a notch by turning it into a frozen volcano!
Added On: 07/27/2020 Age Ranges: Early Childhood, Family Subjects: Other, Chemistry
Featured Activity: Mushroom Spore Print
Mushrooms contain spores that help fungi reproduce. In this activity, visualize the mushroom spores by making a print.
Added On: 07/24/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Fossil Friday, Botany, Mycology
Featured Activity: Secret Message
Explore acids and bases as you create your own invisible ink!
Added On: 07/23/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Chemistry, Educator Workshops
Featured Activity: Endangered Species
Learn about axolotls and why they are endangered. Then, do some research on your own on another endangered species.
Added On: 07/21/2020 Age Ranges: Middle Subjects: Other, Conservation, Zoololgy
Featured Activity: Balloon Powered Cars
Engineer your own balloon-powered car.
Added On: 07/20/2020 Age Ranges: Middle Subjects: Engineering, Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Demineralization of a Chicken Bone
The process of demineralization breaks down and removes minerals. In this activity, use the process of demineralization to remove calcium from a chicken bone and observe the effects!
Added On: 07/17/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Middle Subjects: Fossil Friday, Chemistry, Paleontology
Featured Activity: Can Derby
Have a soup-can derby race at home while experimenting with kinetic and potential energy!
Added On: 07/16/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Propagating Plants
Science is everywhere! If you are a gardener, you use science all the time. In today's activity, use science to propagate English Ivy. Try this out with other plants as well - it's a great way to grow new plants from your existing plants.
Added On: 07/15/2020 Age Ranges: Adult, Family Subjects: Gardening, Other
Featured Activity: Food Scientist for a Day
Food scientists apply all different fields of science to the production, processing, packing and distribution of the food you eat. Learn more about food scientists in this activity - and become an ice cream food scientist for a day!
Added On: 07/14/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Other, Careers
Featured Activity: Dairy Careers
What sorts of careers do you think are involved in dairy? Dig a little more in-depth into those careers, and then try your hand at making your own butter with ingredients and supplies you may already have at home!
Added On: 07/13/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Careers, Other
Featured Activity: Probability
Use dice to play a probability game!
Added On: 07/09/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Other, Mathematics
Featured Activity: pH Indicator
Create your own pH indicator to determine whether household solutions are acidic, basic, or neutral.
Added On: 07/08/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Chemistry, Educator Workshops
Featured Activity: Growing Crystals
Grow your own crystals at home!
Added On: 07/07/2020 Age Ranges: Middle Subjects: Other, Geology
Featured Activity: What's in a Name
What is the difference between a school of fish and a shoal of fish? Learn about the history of fish schooling, then make your own model shoal of fish that can "swim" by manipulating the surface tension of water!
Added On: 07/06/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Fossil Friday, Paleontology, Nature, Physics
Featured Activity: Glowing Volcano
Make a vinegar and baking soda volcano - with a twist! This volcano will glow under a blacklight.
Added On: 07/03/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Chemistry, Art, Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Fireworks in a Jar
Make fireworks in a jar using simple ingredients and a little bit of science!
Added On: 07/02/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Chemistry, Art, Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Milk Fireworks
Make a vinegar and baking soda volcano - with a twist! This volcano will glow under a blacklight.
Added On: 07/01/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Chemistry, Art, Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Mint Fireworks
Try making your own "mint fireworks" in a dish with just a few simple supplies!
Added On: 06/30/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Early Childhood, Family Subjects: Other, Chemistry, Art, Physics
Featured Activity: Calming Jars
These jars are a fun way for little ones to enjoy bright colors and glitter, and they also work well for calming breaks - shake up a bottle and watch quietly as it settles.
Added On: 06/29/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Early Childhood, Family Subjects: Behind the Gadgets Stage, Art, Chemistry
Featured Activity: Freezing Feathers
Learn how feathers can be used to keep a bird or a dinosaur warm. Then, find out one way in which oil spills can impact modern birds by coating their feathers in oil.
Added On: 06/26/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Paleontology, Environment, Biology, Physics, Fossil Friday
Featured Activity: Build an Electromagnet
An electromagnet may seem like a very complicated contraption, but you can actually build a simple one at home! You just need a few supplies that you can pick up at a hardware store.
Added On: 06/25/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Engineering, Physics, Educator Workshops
Featured Activity: Watercolor Fun
Science and art go hand in hand! In this activity, perform some simple chemistry experiments to observe how various chemicals affect watercolor paintings. Then, use some or all of the techniques you learned to create a night sky or galaxy painting.
Added On: 06/24/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Art, Chemistry, Other
Featured Activity: Make Your Own Reusable Bag
Looking for ways to help save the planet? Reusing is one great way to help! For example, you can reuse a cloth bag rather than going through multiple single-use plastic or paper bags. In this activity, grab a pair of scissors and an old t-shirt to make your own reusable bag!
Added On: 06/23/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Adult, Middle Subjects: Art, Environment, Other
Featured Activity: Condensation Exploration
Explore condensation of water at home.
Added On: 06/22/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Educator Workshops, Experimental Design, Physics
Featured Activity: Create a Museum Collection at Home
Do you have any collections at home? Maybe you have a collection of rocks, favorite toys, or artwork. The objects stored by a museum are called collections as well, and it is the responsibility of museum curators to keep track of these collections and display them. In this activity, learners will create their own museum-at-home by curating a collection of objects, creating labels, and displaying them just like a museum would.
Added On: 06/19/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Elementary, Early Childhood, Adult, Middle Subjects: Museum Studies, Literacy, Research, Fossil Friday
Featured Activity: Light Damage
Learn about how museum objects are inspected before they are added to a collection. Then, explore how light can cause damage to objects in a museum by performing a hands-on experiment at home.
Added On: 06/18/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Museum Studies, Literacy, Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Optical Illusions: Benham Disks
Optical illusions like those found at COSI can be mesmerizing! In this activity, make a simple optical illusion called Benham%u2019s Disk that will be fun to play with long after you first make it.
Added On: 06/17/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Other, Toys, Physics, Neuroscience, Art, Anatomy
Featured Activity: Mummify a Hot Dog
People from all over the world are fascinated by mummification - a process that preserves a corpse. Some cultures have developed methods of mummifying their dead, perhaps most notably ancient Egyptians. An important part of the process they used was desiccation, or drying out of the body. In this activity, use baking soda to desiccate a hot dog.
Added On: 06/16/2020 Age Ranges: Middle Subjects: Chemistry, Anthropology, History, Other
Featured Activity: DIY Newton's Cradle
Pendulums can teach us a lot about physics. In this activity, learners will build a device that uses pendulums: Newton's Cradle. Learn about momentum by lining up 6 pendulums in a row!
Added On: 06/15/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Adult, Middle Subjects: Other, Physics, Toys
Featured Activity: Impact Craters
Have you ever seen a flash streaking across the sky - what we sometimes call a shooting star? That's actually a meteor - a piece of rock from outer space - zooming through Earth's atmosphere and burning up while it does so. If it makes it to the ground, what do you think will happen? In today's activity, explore impact craters that can form if one of those meteors makes it to the ground.
Added On: 06/12/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Physics, Paleontology, Space, Fossil Friday
Featured Activity: Make a Book
Have you ever written a book? Have you ever wanted to, but weren't sure how? In today's activity, make a small booklet out of a single sheet of printer paper. Then, fill your book with whatever you want!
Added On: 06/11/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Other
Featured Activity: Create your own Insect
Learn about insects and some of their characteristics and adaptations that help them to live in their habitats. Then, create an insect yourself that is adapted to live in a specific environment.
Added On: 06/10/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Other
Featured Activity: Make an Instrument
Learn about sound waves as you make a cuica - a musical instrument popular in Brazil - of your own!
Added On: 06/09/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Shark Science
Participants will learn that sharks have a skeleton made of cartilage and a liver filled with oil, which helps sharks to thrive in their environment. They will build a model to demonstrate the buoyancy of sharks.
Added On: 06/05/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Middle Subjects: Fossil Friday, Physics, Paleontology, Biology, Zoololgy
Featured Activity: What Planet Will You Explore?
NASA has their eyes set on Mars for space exploration. Where do you think we will be headed after that? In this activity, imagine you have been hired by NASA to explore future planetary exploration prospects. Where do you think we should go next?
Added On: 06/04/2020 Age Ranges: Middle Subjects: Other, Research, Space
Featured Activity: Maillard Reaction
Enjoy the science of cooking! Make some delicious brown butter using the Maillard Reaction.
Added On: 06/03/2020 Age Ranges: Adult Subjects: Other, Chemistry, Cooking
Featured Activity: 3-2-1 Liftoff
Celebrate space travel with a fun demonstration that will cause a tea bag to lift into the air! *With adult supervision.
Added On: 06/02/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Elementary, Early Childhood, Adult, Middle Subjects: Other, Physics, Space
Featured Activity: Make a Straw Rocket
Make your own straw rocket with a few simple supplies. Then, try out different fin designs and see how well it flies!
Added On: 06/01/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Physics, Engineering, Space, Other
Featured Activity: Art with Science: Marbling
In this activity, use science to create beautiful marbled artwork with just a few household supplies.
Added On: 05/27/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Elementary, Early Childhood, Adult, Middle Subjects: Art, Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Beak Buffet
Have you ever noticed that different species of birds have very different types of beaks? In this activity, learn about adaptation and how a bird's beak shape helps them to find food and survive in their environment.
Added On: 05/22/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Fossil Friday, Biology, Paleontology
Featured Activity: Make your own Slime!
Learners will create their own slimy kitchen science substances!
Added On: 05/20/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Start a Sourdough Culture
The scientific process of fermentation, the breakdown of a substance by microorganisms like bacteria and yeast, is used in both brewing beer and making bread. In today's activity, learn how to use wild yeast and fermentation to create a sourdough starter - the first step towards baking delicious sourdough bread.
Added On: 05/19/2020 Age Ranges: Adult, Family Subjects: Biology, Hockey Science
Featured Activity: Float Your Boat
Learn about the Titanic, then try experimenting with different objects to see which ones are buoyant.
Added On: 05/18/2020 Age Ranges: Early Childhood, Elementary Subjects: History, Engineering, Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Balloon-Powered Pinwheel
Newton's Third Law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In this activity, you will use that principle to make a balloon powered pinwheel!
Added On: 05/14/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Hockey Science, Engineering, Physics
Featured Activity: Make a Cotton Ball Launcher
How can you practice energy transfer at home? Try making your own cotton ball launcher!
Added On: 05/12/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Hockey Science, Engineering, Physics
Featured Activity: Make a Wind Cannon
Wind is a noticeable movement of a gas like air. We can perceive it, or feel it, when we walk outside on a rainy day. In this activity, make your own wind cannon and try your hand at "throwing" small puffs of air!
Added On: 05/05/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Educator Workshops, Environment, Engineering, Physics
Featured Activity: BioBlitz Educator Guide
A BioBlitz is a way for our community to work together to find as many species as possible in Ohio during the four days of the Science Festival. You can participate by simply snapping photos of plants and animals in the wild and uploading them to the free app iNaturalist. Observations will be made available to naturalists and researchers. Let's explore Ohio's biodiversity!
Added On: 05/04/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Other, Environment, Conservation, Nature
Featured Activity: Erosion and Weathering
Participants will learn about the forces that contribute to erosion and weathering, and create a model that shows how erosion and weathering can expose buried fossils to paleontologists.
Added On: 05/01/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Paleontology, Nature, Environment, Fossil Friday
Featured Activity: Birdwatching
Can you identify birds that you see outside? With this activity and our handy list of birds of Ohio, you'll be on your way to identifying birds in your backyard in no time!
Added On: 04/30/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Paleontology, Nature, Environment, Biology, Fossil Friday
Featured Activity: Seeing Color
Explore how our cones - the photoreceptor cells on our retinas that help us to see color - become fatigued. Use a simple optical illusion to experience the result of that fatigue!
Added On: 04/29/2020 Age Ranges: Middle, Elementary Subjects: Paleontology, Neuroscience, Biology, 5 Senses, Fossil Friday
Featured Activity: Surface Tension Exploration
Explore surface tension in three different ways in this activity. First, see how many drops of water fit on the surface of a penny, then, create your own "water bug" out of a paperclip. Lastly, see if you can power a tiny boat with nothing but soap and water!
Added On: 04/28/2020 Age Ranges: Middle, Family, Elementary Subjects: Educator Workshops, Physics, Chemistry
Featured Activity: Make Oobleck!
In this lesson, we will explore the properties of "Oobleck" - a simple mixture of cornstarch and water. Oobleck is unique because it is a non-Newtonian fluid. At room temperature, it can behave as both a solid and a liquid.
Added On: 04/27/2020 Age Ranges: Middle, Family, Elementary, Early Childhood Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Other
Featured Activity: Designing DNA
Participants will understand what DNA is made of and be able to make a model of the DNA double helix. Then, learners will have the opportunity to use household items to extract DNA from a strawberry.
Added On: 04/24/2020 Age Ranges: Middle, High School, Family Subjects: Paleontology, Biology, Fossil Friday
Featured Activity: The Chair Challenge
Have you seen the chair challenge? It turns out that this challenge is a fun way to discuss scientific concepts. In this activity, complete a series of challenges and discuss them in terms of gravity and center of gravity.
Added On: 04/23/2020 Age Ranges: Middle, High School, Family, Adult Subjects: Physics, Other
Featured Activity: Biomimicry
Have you ever wondered, "how does nature do it?" In this activity, learners will investigate examples of biomimicry. Then, they will take a moment to step into nature and observe, looking for and appreciating the incredible structures and processes utilized by organisms every day.
Added On: 04/22/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Elementary, Adult, Middle Subjects: Science Now, Engineering, Biomimicry, Environment
Featured Activity: Sound Waves
Investigate sound waves at home using nothing more than a coat hanger and some string! This activity will help you to explore and understand sound energy and how it moves. Then, use what you learned to make simple string telephones.
Added On: 04/21/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Middle Subjects: Oceanography, Science Now, Physics
Featured Activity: Egg Drop - Be An Engineer!
Become a packaging engineer! You will design a protective package for a raw egg to allow the egg to withstand a fall without cracking. To test your design, the egg will be dropped from a height with the help of an adult.
Added On: 04/20/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Family Subjects: Other, Biology, Engineering
Featured Activity: Fingerprinting
Forensics is the use of science and technology to investigate and establish facts, especially in criminal and civil courts of law. In this activity, learn how fingerprints are analyzed by forensic scientists. Then use what you learned to analyze your own fingerprints.
Added On: 04/17/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Educator Workshops, Forensic Science
Featured Activity: Germs!
This set of activities provide effective ways to demonstrate and talk about germs and how they spread with young children. In Part 2, learn about the importance of hand washing by monitoring mold growing on potatoes in closed containers over a 3-week period.
Added On: 04/16/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Science Now, Biology, Health
Featured Activity: 3D Modeling
Have you heard of or tried 3D printing before? In this activity, you will learn a bit about the first part of 3D printing: using a computer to create your 3D design. This is called 3D modeling, or CAD: Computer-Aided Design.
Added On: 04/15/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Middle Subjects: Science Now, Engineering
Featured Activity: Citizen Science at Home
Did you know that you do not have to be a trained scientist to participate in cutting-edge scientific research? Learn about citizen scientists who have made valuable contributions to research projects and begin your own citizen science journey!
Added On: 04/14/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Adult, High School Subjects: Science Now, Research
Featured Activity: Start a Compost Pile
Start your own compost pile! This activity is aimed at adults and families. Learn how to use decomposition to your advantage, reduce the waste you're sending to a landfill, and create valuable compost that will add nutrients to your garden.
Added On: 04/13/2020 Age Ranges: Adult, Family Subjects: Other, Environment, Gardening
Featured Activity: How do we Name Things?
Have you ever thought about how plants are named? In this activity, you'll get to flex your creativity muscles as you try to come up with names for plants based on how they look. Then, try matching them with their actual common names.
Added On: 04/10/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Gardening, Biology, Behind the Gadgets Stage, History
Featured Activity: Habitats
What is a habitat? In this activity designed for early childhood learners, create a habitat for a stuffed animal or toy out of materials around the house! Discuss what sorts of things the animal needs in its habitat to survive.
Added On: 04/09/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Early Childhood Subjects: Gardening, Environment, Biology, Educator Workshops, Zoololgy
Featured Activity: Starting a Garden
Springtime is a great time to plant seeds! In this activity designed for early childhood learners, explore topics related to the garden! Plant seeds, discuss emotions while creating grass heads, and make a rain gauge for your garden.
Added On: 04/08/2020 Age Ranges: Early Childhood, Family Subjects: Biology, Other, Gardening
Featured Activity: Technology: Past, Present, and Future
In this activity, you will discuss the meaning of the word, "technology." Then, you will have the opportunity to make a technology that has been around during all of our lifetimes - paper! After making your paper at home, continue to Part 2 to start thinking about future technologies.
Added On: 04/07/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Middle Subjects: Science Now, History, Writing
Featured Activity: Nature's Zoom Lens
In this exploratory activity, see if you can create a water lens. Explore refraction with water in a ziplock bag. Then see if you can make a convex droplet of water that will magnify an image.
Added On: 04/06/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Early Childhood, Family Subjects: Educator Workshops, Physics
Featured Activity: Make Frost!
In this activity, learners explore why frost forms. They will then create their own frost using a solution of ice water and salt in a glass.
Added On: 04/05/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Physics, Environment, Hockey Science
Featured Activity: The "Magic" Wand of Static Electricity
Learn how to do a few "magic" tricks that are really just using the science of static electricity. Then, use what you have learned to put on a "Magic Show" for your household!
Added On: 04/04/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Early Childhood Subjects: Theater, Physics, Behind the Gadgets Stage
Featured Activity: Dinosaur Footprints and Fossils
This activity is best for young learners. Learn about how scientists study fossil footprints and make your own.
Added On: 04/03/2020 Age Ranges: Early Childhood, Elementary Subjects: Fossil Friday, Paleontology
Featured Activity: Clean up Litter!
Have you seen litter around your community? Plan a trip with members of your household to go out and clean up the community! You can clean up a neighborhood, local park, or hiking trail. Find tips, safety instructions, and best practices in the activity.
Added On: 04/02/2020 Age Ranges: Family Subjects: Other, Environment
Featured Activity: Estimation and Educated Guesses
Estimating is an important skill for all of us to learn and practice. Test your estimating skills in Part 1. Then if you want more of a challenge, move on to Part 2 to try some back-of-the-envelope estimates. Don't be afraid of wrong answers - the idea is to come up with a reasonable educated guess.
Added On: 04/01/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Science Now, Mathematics
Featured Activity: Make a Rainbow
White light is made up of all the colors of the rainbow. In this activity, use water, a mirror, a flashlight, and a shallow pan or bowl to make a rainbow!
Added On: 03/31/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Behind the Gadgets Stage, Physics
Featured Activity: Ice Cream Shake
Explore liquids, solids, and physical changes while you make a sweet treat. It just takes a little bit of work and a little bit of science to make homemade ice cream!
Added On: 03/30/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Hockey Science, Cooking, Physics
Featured Activity: Make a Glider
Engineer your own hoop glider! See if you can create a simple glider that will fly when you throw it. Learn about the physical forces involved in making your glider fly.
Added On: 03/29/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Behind the Gadgets Stage, Engineering, Physics
Featured Activity: Glow in the Dark Jello
Use tonic water, which contains the fluorescent substance quinine, to make Jello that glows under a fluorescent blacklight!
Added On: 03/28/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Science Now, Chemistry, Cooking
Featured Activity: Baffling Body
Proprioception is a sense of the body of its place and position in space - sometimes thought of as a "sixth sense." In this activity, try some experiments that explore the unique functions of the body and brain.
Added On: 03/27/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Family Subjects: Educator Workshops, 5 Senses, Neuroscience
Featured Activity: Crash Landing!
In October of 2019, NASA unveiled new spacesuits intended for the Artemis program, a mission to land humans on the moon as a stepping stone for future missions to Mars. In this activity, you will be challenged to think about the future of space travel and what it might take to survive for a long period of time on the moon.
Added On: 03/26/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Space, Science Now
Featured Activity: Make a Timeline
Scientists use timelines to record important events in the history of Earth, just like we can make a timeline of a day in our life. Explore the history of the earth by making a timeline of events in your own life.
Added On: 03/25/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary, Family Subjects: Fossil Friday, History, Paleontology
Featured Activity: A Million Steps?
How much is one million? In this activity, learners will estimate the distance they'd need to walk to take one million steps.
Added On: 03/24/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Educator Workshops, Mathematics, Paleontology
Featured Activity: Marker Chromatography Flowers
What colors are hidden in markers? Learners will use chromatography to discover the different pigments hidden in markers. Then, use that chromatography to create beautiful flowers out of coffee filters.
Added On: 03/23/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Science Now, Art, Chemistry
Featured Activity: Found Fossils: A Biostratigraphy Challenge
Calling all future micropaleontologists! In this in-depth activity, practice biostratigraphy techniques used to assign an age to deep ocean core samples.
Added On: 03/22/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Middle Subjects: Science Now, Oceanography
Featured Activity: Continents and Currents
Demonstrate the flowing currents of Earth's oceans with a fun and colorful demonstration.
Added On: 03/21/2020 Age Ranges: Elementary Subjects: Science Now, Oceanography
Featured Activity: Soap: How does It Work?
In this activity, explore the mechanism behind how soap works with three different demonstrations. First, a simple demonstration with pepper, water, and dishwashing soap will demonstrate to young children the concept that soap gets rid of germs. For a more elaborate and artistic demonstration, see what soap does to food dye in whole milk in Part 2. For those wanting to really understand what's happening on a molecular level, model what's going on in Part 3.
Added On: 03/20/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Family, Elementary, Early Childhood, Middle Subjects: Science Now, Experimental Design, Chemistry, Biology, Health
Featured Activity: Tiny Superheroes of the Sea
Plankton are incredibly numerous and diverse: from tiny, microscopic viruses and bacteria, to the phytoplankton that are responsible for well over 50% of the oxygen we breathe, to the larvae of larger sea creatures, this is a diverse and fascinating group of organisms! In this activity, explore plankton virtually while practicing your online research skills.
Added On: 03/19/2020 Age Ranges: High School, Middle Subjects: Science Now, Oceanography, Biology, Research
Featured Activity: Why Are Whales So Big?
Learn about producers, consumers, and decomposers as you discuss the flow of energy through a food chain. Then, use some yarn and paper plates to create a food web. This is a great way to discuss impacts that occur when a link in the food web is missing.
Added On: 03/18/2020 Age Ranges: Family, Elementary, Middle Subjects: Fossil Friday, Biology, Paleontology
Featured Activity: Chocolate Crystals
Grab some chocolate and explore the science behind it! First, observe different kinds of chocolate and see what differences you notice. Then, try your hand at tempering chocolate to see if you can achieve the most desirable crystal structure - form V!
Added On: 03/17/2020 Age Ranges: All Subjects: Science Now, Cooking, Chemistry, Physics
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