Reservations Open February 4th for Premium, Ultimate and Donor Society Members.
Reservation open February 6th for all COSI members and general public.
Applications for Camp COSI Scholarships will open Feb 6th.
Reservations close midnight the night before camp or once the camp sells out. Walk up sales are not permitted. You must be pre-registered to attend camp.


When school is out, COSI is in! Camp COSI Summer Camps provide the perfect opportunity for campers to stay scientific during summer break! Weeklong camps offered for grades K-8. Each camp includes 2 daily snacks and all supplies. Parents and caregivers, please pack a lunch for your camper. With topics like Robotics, Engineering, and Space, there is sure to be something for every camper!

Pre-K Camp Hours: 9am - 12pm
K-12 Camp Hours: 9am – 4pm

All Camps Include:

  • Science, technology, engineering, and math content to keep young minds active
  • Hands-on activities in COSI’s workshop rooms and exhibitions
  • Healthy snacks and outdoor physical activities each day
Parents send:
  • Daily lunch for camper

Camp COSI F.A.Q.  Camp COSI Survival Guide  Tech Week Survival Guide

Scholarships:
Applications will close March 31st and campers will be notified by April 15th if they have been chosen to receive a scholarship.

Scholarship Application

Price:

PreK Camps: $150 - Members $165 - Non-Members
K - 5th Grade Camps: $300 - Members $330 - Non-Members
Rising 6th - 8th Camps: $375 - Members $405 - Non-Members
High School Camps (Full Week): $400 - Members $430 - Non-Members
High School Camps (Daily)**: $90 - Members $100 - Non-Members

**High School Camp Participants may purchase single day sessions, or a full week experience.

A Typical Day Schedule: *Subject to Change

Pre-K Camp:
Camp Hours: 9am – 12pm

8:00am-9:00am Drop off
9:00am-10:00am Explore a COSI exhibit
10:00am-10:45am Hands-on activities
10:45am-11:00am Snack provided by COSI
11:00am-12:00pm Hands-on activities
12:00pm Pick-up

K-12 Camp:
Camp Hours: 9am – 4pm

8:00am-9:00am Drop off
9:00am-10:00am Explore a COSI exhibit
10:00am-10:20am Snack provided by COSI
10:20am-12:00pm Hands-on activities
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch (provided by Camper)
1:30pm-2:00pm Hands-on activities
2:00pm-2:20pm- Snack provided by COSI
2:20pm-4:00pm- Hands-on activities
4:00pm Pick-up

Wrap Around Care (for K-12 Camps only):
Wrap around care is optional if the K-12 camp day does not align with your busy schedule! During wrap around care, campers will be able to participate in open play. Campers may bring books to read, but no electronics (phones, tablets or game systems) will be allowed .

Afternoon 4:00pm- 5:30pm- $10 per day (A snack will be provided)


Camps for Pre- K

June 10th- 14th - You Become the Scientist

Does your youngest scientist want to keep the learning going this summer? COSI provides a great opportunity for preschoolers to engage with science during the summer! Weeklong camps offered for ages 3-5 for kids not yet ready to go in to Kindergarten. This camp is half day that includes a daily snack and all supplies. Become a different scientist every day, and explore with us here at COSI!

Children must be potty trained to attend this camp. No pullups please.

Reserve Camp

August 5th-9th - You Become the Scientist

Does your youngest scientist want to keep the learning going this summer? COSI provides a great opportunity for preschoolers to engage with science during the summer! Weeklong camps offered for ages 3-5 for kids not yet ready to go in to Kindergarten. This camp is half day that includes a daily snack and all supplies. Become a different scientist every day, and explore with us here at COSI!

Children must be potty trained to attend this camp. No pullups please.

Reserve Camp

Camps for Rising Kindergartners and First Graders

June 10-14, 2019 – Space

Ever wonder what’s out there? Get a new perspective with COSI’s Space Camp, an out-of-this-world week of interstellar exploration! We’ll explore our Solar System, engineer rockets, and learn about life in space. Plus, we’ll get an exclusive showing inside COSI’s Planetarium – the largest in Ohio!

Reserve Camp

June 17-21, 2019 – Messy Science

Dress for a mess and prepare to get gooey with COSI’s famous Messy Science. Together, we’ll experiment with COSI’s top secret formulas for flubber, oobleck, slime, and other chemical concoctions. Along the way, we’ll investigate chemical and physical changes and make things ooze, slime, and pop!

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June 24-28, 2019 – Build It!

Design, build, test, and redesign in this imaginative, inventive hands-on camp. First, we’ll explore simple machines and force and motion to see how they power the world around us, then we’ll become engineers to see how our designs can become taller, faster, stronger, and more efficient!

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July 8-12, 2019 – Diggin' Dinos

Have an aspiring paleontologist in your family? In this larger-than-life week of camp, we’ll dig deep into the world of dinosaurs to explore how these amazing creatures moved, ate, lived, and died. Together, we’ll analyze fossils, dig for artifacts, and even walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs… and the scientists who study them!

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July 15-19, 2019 – Space

Ever wonder what’s out there? Get a new perspective with COSI’s Space Camp, an out-of-this-world week of interstellar exploration! We’ll explore our Solar System, engineer rockets, and learn about life in space. Plus, we’ll get an exclusive showing inside COSI’s Planetarium – the largest in Ohio!

Reserve Camp

July 22-26, 2019 – Jr. Naturalist

Lace up your boots, ready your tools, and step into the great outdoors with Camp COSI as your guide! In this extraordinary introduction to the natural world, we’ll get our hands dirty by meeting COSI’s living animal collection, exploring habitats, ecosystems, and the interactions between living things that make our world a spectacular place to live -- all from inside the walls of COSI!

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July 29-Aug 2, 2019 – Diggin' Dinos

Have an aspiring paleontologist in your family? In this larger-than-life week of camp, we’ll dig deep into the world of dinosaurs to explore how these amazing creatures moved, ate, lived, and died. Together, we’ll analyze fossils, dig for artifacts, and even walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs… and the scientists who study them!

Reserve Camp

Aug 5-9, 2019 – Messy Science

Dress for a mess and prepare to get gooey with COSI’s famous Messy Science. Together, we’ll experiment with COSI’s top secret formulas for flubber, oobleck, slime, and other chemical concoctions. Along the way, we’ll investigate chemical and physical changes and make things ooze, slime, and pop!

Reserve Camp

Camps for Rising Second and Third Graders

June 10-14, 2019 – Robotics

What is a robot? How does it work? There’s one way to find out. During the week camps will explore energy, circuitry, and the “language” robots speak: programming! Working in pairs, campers will get hands-on to learn programming basics with Ozo Bots, then take control of Bee Bots that light up, make noise, and move!

Reserve Camp

June 17-21, 2019 – Dare to Design

If play is the highest form of research, join us in an advanced course! In COSI’s Dare to Design camp, we’ll explore the engineering that makes our world a better place to live. Experiment with simple machines, force and motion, and more as we innovate and explore to solve real-world challenges.

Reserve Camp

June 24-28, 2019 – Superhero Science

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nah, it’s Super-Science! Come prepared for your super hero training by using science to bring “impossible” super powers to life! Learn to levitate, create weather, and even fly!

Reserve Camp

June 24-28, 2019 – Robotics

What is a robot? How does it work? There’s one way to find out. During the week camps will explore energy, circuitry, and the “language” robots speak: programming! Working in pairs, campers will get hands-on to learn programming basics with Ozo Bots, then take control of Bee Bots that light up, make noise, and move!

Reserve Camp

July 8-12, 2019 - Silly Science

Do you think science is cool? I mean, really cool? COSI’s one-of-a-kind Silly Science camp is for you. In this behind-the-scenes camp, we’ll explore some of COSI’s classics like you’ve never seen them before. You’ll get an inside look at our top secret slime recipe, see how we make things pop, fizz, and bubble, and see the crazy-cold effects of liquid nitrogen up close.

Reserve Camp

July 15-19, 2019 – Robotics

What is a robot? How does it work? There’s one way to find out. During the week camps will explore energy, circuitry, and the “language” robots speak: programming! Working in pairs, campers will get hands-on to learn programming basics with Ozo Bots, then take control of Bee Bots that light up, make noise, and move!

Reserve Camp

July 22-26, 2019 – Astronaut Adventures

Do you have what it takes to become the next great space explorer? COSI’s Astronaut Adventures camp will take you on an out-of-this-world trip beyond Earth’s atmosphere to explore our Solar System and beyond, engineer rockets, and see the marvels of space up-close in an exclusive show in our Planetarium.

Reserve Camp

July 22-26, 2019 – Superhero Science

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nah, it’s Super-Science! Come prepared for your super hero training by using science to bring “impossible” super powers to life! Learn to levitate, create weather, and even fly!

Reserve Camp

July 29-Aug 2, 2019 – Silly Science

Do you think science is cool? I mean, really cool? COSI’s one-of-a-kind Silly Science camp is for you. In this behind-the-scenes camp, we’ll explore some of COSI’s classics like you’ve never seen them before. You’ll get an inside look at our top secret slime recipe, see how we make things pop, fizz, and bubble, and see the crazy-cold effects of liquid nitrogen up close.

Reserve Camp

Aug 5-9, 2019 – Dinosaur Adventures

65 million years ago, giants walked the Earth. In this one-of-a-kind camp, we’ll dig into the science of these prehistoric creatures to explore the world they lived in, how they survived, and the evidence they left behind. Plus, we’ll get an amazing look at the American Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaur Gallery to explore amazing artifacts and the latest scientific evidence.

Reserve Camp

Camps for Rising Fourth and Fifth Graders

June 10-14, 2019 – Rockets & Rovers

Prepare for blast off as we take a new look at space in this exhilarating interstellar camp. How do humans explore space? To find out, we’ll examine how we learn about the universe beyond our home planet and get hands-on with rockets, rovers, and astronaut missions. Of course, we’ll also get closer than ever with exclusive access to the Planetarium at COSI – the largest in Ohio!

Reserve Camp

June 17-21, 2019 – Robotics

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. Working in pairs we will put our robot to the test to complete an array of challenges. Throughout the week campers will learn the importance of robot sensors, and how these sensors allow the robot to “see” the world around them. Practice programming, sequencing, measurement, teamwork and more as you test and adjust your plan one step at a time.

Reserve Camp

June 24-28, 2019 – Chemistry

Bring the scientific method to life in this chemistry camp for all, as we explore the chemical and physical changes that surround us. How can something be not a gas, not quite a liquid, but not really a solid? What is Flubber? Or “elephant toothpaste?” Explore it all when we get up-close and personal with chemistry.

Reserve Camp

July 8-12, 2019 – Video Games

Do you spend your summer playing video games? Ever dream of developing your own? It all begins with COSI’s cutting-edge Video Games camp, where we’ll explore basic programming concepts with the Scratch software, then develop, experiment and expand to create a shareable video game for all to enjoy.

Reserve Camp

July 15-19, 2019 – Wizard School

Potions, levitation, and magical creatures may sound like fiction… but in this hands-on week of exciting experiments and fantastic phenomena, we’ll dig into the science behind the spells! Together, we’ll uncover the truth behind the almost-unbelievable “magic” that otherwise might be confined to the pages of storybooks.

Reserve Camp

July 22-26, 2019 – Robotics

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. Working in pairs we will put our robot to the test to complete an array of challenges. Throughout the week campers will learn the importance of robot sensors, and how these sensors allow the robot to “see” the world around them. Practice programming, sequencing, measurement, teamwork and more as you test and adjust your plan one step at a time.

Reserve Camp

July 29-Aug 2, 2019 – Design, Construct, Discover

What does it take to build a skyscraper? A rollercoaster? Wire a house? At this camp, you'll learn what different engineers do to design the world around us then see if you have what it takes to join them! With a different design challenge each day, what will you build?

Reserve Camp

Aug 5-9, 2019 – Video Games

Do you spend your summer playing video games? Ever dream of developing your own? It all begins with COSI’s cutting-edge Video Games camp, where we’ll explore basic programming concepts with the Scratch software, then develop, experiment and expand to create a shareable video game for all to enjoy

Reserve Camp

Camps for Rising Sixth through Eighth Graders

June 17-21, 2019 – Video Games with TECH STUDIO

Do you spend your summer playing video games? Ever dream of developing your own? In Tech Studio’s Video Games camp, we’ll explore game mechanics, character design, animation, and advanced programming concepts with MIT’s Scratch. Campers will develop a story and bring it to life in the form of a challenging, interactive game.

Reserve Camp

June 24-28, 2019 – Electronics Prototyping with TECH STUDIO

Plug into the world of electronics and learn how the components in your everyday devices are wired and programmed. Campers will build a foundation in circuitry and JavaScript coding with Micro:bit and will apply their new skills by programming sensors and actuators into useful, real world, interactive devices.

Reserve Camp

July 8-12, 2019 – Robotics with TECH STUDIO

Dig deeper into the programming of robots. Campers will work in teams to program EV3 robots to complete challenges. Installing and using robotic sensors, campers will lead their LEGO® EV3 Robots to accomplish a variety of challenges.

Reserve Camp

July 15-19, 2019 – Music Production with TECH STUDIO

Are you an aspiring songwriter? Tech Studio’s music production camp will focus on foundational music theory lessons and apply these lessons to Apple’s Logic Pro X software. Campers will learn to program a drum beat, develop a bassline, implement the basics of melody and harmony, and experiment with microphones as they compose their own song.

Reserve Camp

July 29-Aug 2, 2019 – Digital Design with TECH STUDIO

Learn to create digital art with Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator! Campers will explore photo compositing and vector art while discovering how their digital creations can be realized into physical products through the use of Tech Studio's laser cutter and vinyl cutter.

Reserve Camp

Aug 5-9, 2019 – 3D Modeling & Printing with TECH STUDIO

Transform your creativity from a computer screen to the real world through 3D modeling and printing. Campers will learn to design 3D models in Autodesk design software, print one of their models using Tech Studio’s variety of 3D printers, and discuss the past/present/future of additive manufacturing.

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Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations and changes must be made at least 10 days before the first day of any weeklong and 4-day camp; a $75 cancellation fee applies. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations made later than 10 days before the first day of a weeklong camp. COSI may cancel sessions if participant minimums are not met. Registered participants will be informed two weeks in advance and will receive a full refund.

High School Tech Week

Participants may purchase single day sessions, or a full week experience.

Tech Week: June 10-14, 2019

This high school level camp will focus on a different Tech Studio topic each day, including:

Monday June 10th: 3D Animation

Learn to use Autodesk’s Maya software while exploring and applying the 12 principles of animation.

Reserve Camp

Tuesday June 11th: Electronics Prototyping

Receive an introduction to the Arduino language and construct basic circuits using the Arduino Uno microcontroller and solderless breadboard. Learn to write code to take input from sensors and control LED lights.

Reserve Camp

Wednesday June 12th: Music Programming

Use Apple’s Logic Pro X software to create music with virtual instruments while incorporating lessons on music theory and composition.

Reserve Camp

Thursday June 13th: Video Production

Work with DSLR cameras and learn basic camera functions and videography techniques. Explore Adobe’s Premiere Pro software for video editing.

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Friday June 14th: Digital Design

Learn to create digital art by exploring the tools of Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator. Discover how your digital creation can be realized into a physical product with the use of Tech Studio's laser cutter or vinyl cutter.

Reserve Camp

June 10th-14th: Full Tech Week

3D Animation, Electronics Prototyping, Music Programming, Video Production, and Digital Design.

Reserve Camp

High School Tech Week Single-Day Camps
Cancellations and changes must be made at least 10 days before the first day of any camp; COSI will attempt to reschedule you into an open session. Refunds are not available. COSI can only reschedule a missed camp one time. COSI may cancel sessions if participant minimums are not met. Registered participants will be informed two weeks in advance and will receive a full refund.

High School Tech Week Weeklong Camp
Cancellations and changes must be made at least 10 days before the first day of any camp; a $75 cancellation fee applies. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations made later than 10 days before the first day of a camp. COSI may cancel sessions if participant minimums are not met. Registered participants will be informed two weeks in advance and will receive a full refund.

Additional Fees
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.



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