Homeschool Labs

** Reservations Now Open **

COSI Homeschool Labs invite students enrolled in homeschool programs in kindergarten through grade six across Ohio to join our monthly meet-ups to explore, measure, build, program, create, test, question, and learn! Bone up on prehistoric creatures, get hands-on with living local animals, program robots, and more. Each month, our focused Homeschool Labs feature a new, exciting, standards-based, hands-on workshop paired with in-depth visits to complementary COSI exhibitions.

Each session is offered twice monthly (choose either the Thursday OR Friday session, each held from 1pm – 3pm). Homeschool Labs are aligned to state standards and encourage creativity, cooperation, and critical thinking as we work together to solve problems, test ideas, ask questions, and learn more about our world!

Please note that COSI General Admission is not included in the registration cost. COSI Members may check-in at the Member and Donor Services desk before or after the Lab, and non-members may purchase General Admission if desired. Home Educators qualify for COSI’s Teacher Family Membership.

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.

Registration: To register for a Homeschool Lab, call COSI’s Call Center at 614-228-2674 ex. 0 (Monday – Saturday, 9am-4pm) or click one of the blue buttons below.

Life Sciences

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! Parents are optional.

  • Program Date(s): 3/7/19 and 3/15/19
  • Member Cost: $15 per child for members
  • Non-Member Cost: $20 per child for non-members


Step into the boots of a zoologist as you begin 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! Parents are optional.

  • Program Date(s): 4/4/19 and 4/12/19
  • Member Cost: $15 per child for members
  • Non-Member Cost: $20 per child for non-members

Engineering Challenge: Rollercoasters

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. Parents are optional.

  • Program Date(s): 5/9/19 and 5/17/19
  • Member Cost: $15 per child for members
  • Non-Member Cost: $20 per child for non-members

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CALL: 614.228.2674

333 West Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215