Explore, measure, build, program, create, test, question, cheer, dissect, touch, and learn! COSI On Wheels Workshops bring COSI’s signature inquiry-based, hands-on learning right to your classroom, afterschool program, older adult community, Scout meeting, or family night! From preschool through high school and beyond, our engaging Workshops complement your curriculum and bring excitement and energy right from COSI to your learners!

Each of COSI’s Outreach Workshops complements Ohio’s New Learning Science Standards, invites 21st Century Skills development, and fulfills the Scientific Inquiry and Application Components of the Ohio College and Career Ready Standards.

Cost: $209 per session

The program cost includes:

    • A one-hour interactive program for up to 30 learners led by an engaging COSI Educator
    • All materials needed
    • COSI-style extension activity write-ups to use before and after our visit
    • All mileage and travel fees with no minimum session requirement*
    • PLUS one $5 off COSI General Admission voucher for each participating learner

    *Available Monday – Friday in Ohio’s Franklin County and the adjacent counties (Union, Delaware, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, and Licking Counties).

    Please note that selected COSI program reservations are subject to a nominal processing fee. Proceeds from this fee help to support COSI, a not-for-profit organization. For selected programs, transaction fees may be waived for COSI Members as a benefit of membership.

    Reservations: Reservations Team, 614-629-3192, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm), or use the button below to access our Reservation Request Form:

    Please note: COSI on Wheels Workshops have very limited availability for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. When requesting a program with the link below, please provide your widest possible availability of dates, days, and times (i.e. “any weekday in May, 8am-4pm).

    Make an COSI On Wheels Workshop Reservation

    Animal Tales

    In this wild hands-on program, you’ll encounter habitats, adaptations, and the science behind what all living things need as you meet and touch some of COSI’s real animals! Then, you’ll become a zoologist yourself and examine real animal furs, construct your own paw print “animal trails,” view real animal X-rays, and get up close and personal with living worms! Best of all, you can build a healthy habitat around a real, living reptile and watch her explore her new home!

    • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 2

    Body Basics

    Explore body awareness, nutrition, and health in this energizing hands-on program! First, we’ll examine the ways that our bodies move and work – both inside and out. Then, you’ll see what it’s like to become a physician yourself as you encounter the science behind the incredible human body! You’ll assemble real X-rays into a human skeletal system, measure your active heart rate, explore balance, test your senses, and learn through play using real medical tools!

    • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 2

    Dinosaur Dig

    NEW! Roar, stomp, and explore as we “dig” into the prehistoric lives of dinosaurs! Together, we’ll explore what dinosaurs ate and how we know. Then, you’ll become a paleontologist yourself to match colors and patterns on colorful dinosaur eggs, touch feathers, skins, and rocks, sort shapes at a dig site, and even measure your own footprint against those of dinosaurs!

    • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 1

    Growing in the Garden

    NEW! Follow your food from farm to table and “dig in” to agricultural science! Together, we’ll explore how plants are living things that grow and produce seeds, see how farmers harvest plants to make the food we eat, and even meet a real, living farm animal to see the products she provides. Then, you’ll become a farmer yourself to explore hands-on activities like practicing planting with real tools, exploring living worms, and more.

    • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 2

    Magnets, Mixing, and Motion

    Transform your classroom into a physics lab to investigate the science behind gravity, magnetism, and chemical reactions! First, we’ll explore force – the “push and pull” that power our world – to build ramps, “fish” for magnets, and send corks flying. Then, you’ll become a scientist as you build gravity-powered magnetic marble courses, put torque to the test using real tools, build with magnetic blocks, launch film canisters, and much more! It’s a fizzing, popping, twisting, turning, pushing, pulling scientific experience!

    • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 2

    Stormy Science

    Rain or shine, weather is science at work! What ingredients does it take to bring a storm to life? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll become a meteorologist to find out. You’ll see how scientists measure rainfall, examine temperature with real ice spheres, use patterns to create musical sound storms, and even make real clouds right in the classroom. And – even though we can’t see wind – you’ll see the amazing things it can do in our five-foot tall standing wind tube!

    • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 2

    Junior Engineer

    Design, build, test, and redesign! Engineers use energy, math, and science to solve problems as they design the roads, bridges, buildings, and schools we see every day! We’ll start by exploring the energy around us – at work whenever something lights up, makes noise, or moves – and how it flows through circuits. Then, you’ll become an engineer yourself to build sky-high topple towers, energize light bulbs and fans, test out rolling ramps, and even program real robots to complete a challenge!

    • Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 2

    Beginner Robotics

    NEW CHALLENGES! What is a robot? How does it work? COSI’s Beginner Robotics is the way to find out! In this incredible introductory workshop, we’ll explore energy, circuitry, and the “language” robots speak: programming. Then, you’ll take control of your own hand-held Bee-Bot and test out COSI’s customized, cross-curricular challenges: write a fairy tale and bring it to life through programming, navigate the Valley of the Unknown, pilot your Bee-Bot between flowers to pollinate them, escape from the Black Forest, practice your spelling words on the Alphabet Mat, and so much more!

    • Grade Level: Grades 1-6

    Gross Science: Bodyworks

    In this totally engrossing workshop, we’ll get up close with the surprising science of the human body. We’ll start small – REALLY small – by examining the mighty power of microorganisms and building a bloodstream right in your classroom. Then, you’ll get hands-on with real X-rays of healthy and broken bones, measure yourself against record-holding humans, get an “up-close” look with microscopy, and even make your own sticky, slimy “snot” to see how this gross product has a very important job to do!!

    • Grade Level: Grades 1-6

    Discovering Dinosaurs

    Dig into discovery and bring a paleontology research station right into your classroom! Using comparative anatomy, we’ll explore how prehistoric creatures might’ve lived. Then, you’ll use real excavation tools to study fossil remains, solve the puzzle of Earth’s geological layers and its massive time scale, measure yourself against dinosaur footprints to grasp the size of these enormous creatures, and even interact with a real, living dino-descendant brought right to you.

    • Grade Level: Grades 2-8


    NEW! What do art and science have in common? Unleash your class’s kinetic energy and creativity to find out! Bringing the spirit of COSI’s Gadgets exhibition to you, we’ll see how engineers and innovators think like artists to create new ideas – and improve old ones! Then, you’ll jump into hands-on stations to explore potential and kinetic energy, create art using chemistry, tackle engineering challenges, and program real robots using color as coding!

    • Grade Level: Grades 1-6

    Superhero Science

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nah, it’s super-science! Backed by a team of comic book heroes, you’ll use science to bring “impossible” super powers to life! Explore “levitation” by manipulating air pressure, explore potential and kinetic energy, use the states of matter to create flight, and learn the ingredients of a cloud by making real clouds right in the classroom! Pass Hero Training and you’ll get a chance to touch COSI’s famous Electrostatic Generator to see (and feel!) the shocking power of electricity at work! You can keep the city safe with science on your side!

    • Grade Level: Grades 1-8

    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

    Coaster Creators

    Hold on tight! This open inquiry, engineering design workshop is filled with ups and downs as you explore the engineering process, communication, and collaboration. First, put the force of gravity (and teamwork) to the test in a wild marble challenge. Then, scream ahead as you build your own roller coaster around chairs, through desks, and across chalkboards. With limitless flexible track, supports, and marbles, if you can dream it, you can design it, build it, test it, and redesign it until your coaster is ready to thrill.
    • Grade Level: Grades 3-8

    Mission: MARS

    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

    Anatomy in Action

    NEW! Don’t just study anatomy in a text book; make it personal. Developed alongside faculty from the OSU College of Medicine, this career exploration program puts the lab notes – and decisions – in your hands. You’ll read injury case files, examine test results, experiment with models, touch real animal organs, and use data to draw conclusions about the interconnectedness of our bodies’ systems.
    • Grade Level: Grades 6-12

    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