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COSI Science Festival
COSI Science Festival

Three single-day Fortnite camps that cover every aspect of being the best gamer you can be!

COSI and Game Arena have teamed up once again to offer science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) themed Fortnite camps. Campers will enjoy both science activities AND Fortnite game instruction, perfect for anyone ages 10-15 years old interested in STEM careers. Each single-day camp runs from 10am - 2pm. Content, STEM lessons, and gameplay vary based on the theme of the camp day. Purchase camp days individually, or save when you purchase all three together.
   


Pricing
Single day camps: $55/day COSI Member - $65/day Non-Member
Purchase all three topics/days together and save!: $150 COSI Member - $180 Non-Member
Every COSI/Game Arena Camp includes:

  • Ideal blend of STEM education, gaming skills development, instruction in personal wellness, and FUN
  • Personal instruction by Game Arena’s knowledgeable and responsive gaming experts
  • Special visit by a professional Fortnite gamer or coach and a chance for campers to learn about the gaming industry
  • Science lesson conducted by a COSI Educator
  • Emphasis on the importance of mental and physical health to great gaming
  • Plenty of game time and lots of fun getting to know your fellow gamers


TRAIN like a Pro
Monday, March 22, 2021 or Wednesday, March 31, 2021
10am-2pm

Learn how to build, fight, and plan your way to a Fortnite victory royale – online and at home! Train Like a Pro teaches players how healthy eating and exercise is important for both gaming and mental health. By understanding the body’s needs, gamers can evolve their skills and even improve their hand-eye coordination. Along with gaming instruction, a COSI educator will provide an interactive STEM lesson to continue developing gaming skills, while being mindful of one’s health. Finally, a professional Fortnite player will coach gamers on new in-game techniques and share how they stay healthy. Of course, campers get to put their new skills to the test during dedicated game-play time.
   


THINK like a Pro
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 or Thursday, April 1, 2021
10am-2pm

During this camp, Game Arena counselors will teach gamers how to pick the perfect Fortnite landing spot using smart rotations and implementing game sense. Fortnite is game of strategy, and not just a battle royale! The workshop will continue with how to apply these strategies offline – how does one plan like a pro in real life? Next, gamers will receive a trajectory and aerodynamics interactive lesson from a COSI educator. Finally, campers will be coached by a professional Fortnite player on how to advance in-game and think like a pro in real life. Of course, gamers will put these new skills to the test during dedicated game-play time.
   


TALK like a Pro
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 or Friday, April 2, 2021
10am-2pm

During this camp, gamers will learn how to effectively communicate with teammates healthily and productively. Campers will also learn about keeping up our positive game mentality, and not giving up at the first sign of conflict. This camp’s goal is to help evolve social skills during the game and offline in real life. After doing an immersive STEM neuroscience lesson led by a COSI educator, campers will talk about how communication is key to in-game victories and success in the real world. Of course, gamers will receive instruction from a professional Fortnite player and have the opportunity to practice during dedicated game-play time.
   


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Frequently Asked Questions


Please visit the COSI Camps website to reserve your spot. Camps are limited to 60 people total and space is limited. You may pay for your virtual camp at COSI.org.
Purchase camp days individually or save when you book all three.

Please contact the COSI Team at [email protected] for this information.

All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable.

Each camp will provide fun educational experiences that provide an overview of a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) topics each day that aligns with the in-game play. Campers will also learn about potential STEM career pathways.

Discord is a free chat application. It is used primarily for video game players, providing them with ways to find each other, coordinate play, and talk while playing. Our virtual camps will utilized discord technology for game play.

Discord is available for free. Please visit https://discord.com/download to download. Please refer to the Getting Started, Installation Guide and How Do I Join a Server guides to help you set up a Discord account.

The virtual Esports camp is online only and we invite you to join us on PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch, Phone or Tablet for the Fornite camp. For the Fortnite camp, you will need to obtain the free version of Fortnite available here: https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/home

Please refer to your confirmation email regarding steps to assign your cabin.

Campers will be provided with an orientation session to test your compatibility before your virtual camp. Orientation will take place on the Sunday before the start of your camp to test your system.

Campers will be provided with an orientation session to test your compatibility before your virtual camp. At orientation, campers will receive instructions prior to their camp to address technical issues. Orientation will take place on the Sunday before the start of your camp to test your system.

Campers will be provided with an orientation session to test your compatibility before your virtual camp. At orientation, campers will receive instructions prior to their camp to address technical issues. Orientation will take place on the Sunday before the start of your camp to test your system.

Camps are designed as user-friendly and for child use.

Fortnite camps are geared for players 10-15. Parental permission required for ages 10–12. Fortnite has an ESRB rating of Teen and additional information can be found here: https://www.esrb.org/ratings/34948/Fortnite/

Each single-day camp will run from 10am - 2pm. Content, STEM lessons, and gameplay vary based on the theme of the camp day.

The virtual camps will require the use of the free discord application. Campers will also need to provide their own hardware on PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch, Phone or Tablet for the Fortnite camp.

The usernames of campers will be provided to other campers. Campers will have the option to share additional contact information with their fellow campers if they choose to share that information.

Yes, Campers will be provided with an orientation session to test your compatibility before your virtual camp. At orientation, campers will receive instructions prior to their camp to address technical issues. Orientation will take place on the Sunday before the start of your camp to test your system.

Reservations are limited to the person indicated in your booking.

About Fortnite
Fortnite is one of the world’s most popular multi-player video games. Players skydive onto an island and scavenge for gear to defend themselves from other players. Players can fight alone (Solo), with one additional player (Duos), or with a group of up to three others (Squads). As the match progresses, the playable area within the island gradually constricts, giving the players less and less room to work with. The last player or team alive wins the match. The main distinction from other games in the genre is the game's construction elements, letting players build walls, obstacles, and other structures from collected resources to take cover from incoming fire or give one a strategic view advantage.

About Game Arena
First of its kind in Ohio, Game Arena is an esports facility and gaming center located in Hilliard, Ohio. Game Arena and COSI began partnering in 2020 to offer virtual Fortnite and Minecraft video game camps that emphasize developing playing skills along with healthy habits that promote mental and physical well-being. Game Arena offers 60+ computers, the latest consoles, the most comfortable gaming chairs, great food, and the latest games. Game Arena's #1 goal is to create the ultimate social gaming experience for every type of gamer. For more information about Game Arena, please visit https://www.game-arena.co/index.html.

About COSI
COSI is a nationally esteemed science center that has delighted Central Ohio with all things science for 55 years, inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and delivering our experiential, "hands-on fun" brand of learning. As a trusted educational resource for families, schools, and community partners, COSI is an essential element of our community, engaging more than one million people annually through onsite, offsite, and online experiences. COSI was named the #1 science museum in the country in 2020 by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Poll.