Middle and High School Outreach

Animal Adventures

Bring the science of living things to your classroom in this interactive ecological adventure. First, you’ll meet and touch some of COSI’s live animals to explore their adaptations, diets, and habitats. Then, you’ll touch real animal furs, piece together life cycle puzzles, and build a habitat around a living reptile. With a dichotomous key and video microscope, you’ll inspect real arthropods to decide “Is it a bug?” and explore the science of animal tracking by getting up close and personal with animal tracks… and the scat they leave behind!

  • Grade Level: Grades 3-8

Astronomy Academy

Set course for the stars with this astronomical engineering experience! To start, we’ll explore our stellar neighborhood – the Solar System – and construct a classroom-sized model of the relative size of and distance between the planets. Then, you’ll take over the role of an aerospace engineer and tackle the design process to design, build, test, and redesign your own extreme paper rockets and space bases!
*To accommodate COSI’s rocket launch activity, this program requires a gymnasium, an adjacent outdoor space, a large multi-purpose room, a cafeteria, or another open program space. Use Reservation contact above with questions.

  • Grade Level: Grades 3-12

Robotics I: Intermediate Programming

Become a part of an engineering team using a LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 robot – a sophisticated and state-of-the-art handheld robot waiting for your input. In this intermediate level programming design workshop, you’ll put your robot to the test as you assemble a program to complete a dizzying challenge. Practice programming, sequencing, measurement, teamwork and more as you test and adjust your plan one step at a time. After you’ve mastered Intermediate, you can graduate on to COSI’s Robotics II: Advanced Programming workshop to put your skills to the ultimate test.

  • Grade Level: Grades 5-12

Robotics II: Advanced Programming

Ready for the ultimate programming test? Once you’ve graduated from COSI’s Robotics I: Intermediate Programming, the real challenges begin. Using LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 robots, you’ll engage with programming software and engineer complex programs step-by-step using environmental sensors, precise measurement, and technical know-how to complete advanced mazes and mind-boggling challenges before time runs out. Best of all, Advanced Robotics grows as you do – try it again and again as you fine-tune your programming skills and test new sensors to complete new challenges.

  • Grade Level: Grades 5-12

CSI: Criminal Science Investigation

Transform your classroom into a forensics laboratory and bring the science behind a crime scene to life. In this surprising hands-on program, you’ll dig into real, true crime case files and explore the scientific technologies, processes, and procedures that propel investigators forward: use graphology to analyze handwriting on real ransom notes, explore chromatography to trace ink compounds, test pH using universal indicator and phenolphthalein, and, of course, explore fingerprinting as you collect hard evidence from a crime scene!

  • Grade Level: Grades 5-12

Catapults and Trebuchets

Bring force and motion into your classroom in this surprising physics lab modeled around these medieval siege contraptions. Using the engineering process, you’ll design, build, test, and redesign your own catapults and trebuchets from recycled materials. Test for distance or accuracy as your class’s creativity comes to life in a totally open engineering exploration! Can you construct functioning battle weaponry? Discover how physics is at play even in the most unlikely of circumstances.
  • Grade Level: Grades 6-12

In Depth Dissection: Cow Eye

Diagrams can only take you so far. To really understand what’s going on inside of the eye, you’ve got to see it for yourself. In this engaging and eye-opening classroom program, you’ll explore the complex structure and function of a cow’s eye to examine how it relates to our own. Surprising, scientific, and sometimes slimy, this gripping view of the inner eye may leave you seeing things differently.
  • Grade Level: Grades 6-12

National Geographic Giant Screen Theater


333 West Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215