"Camp COSI"

Written by Paul Sutter on Monday, 22 August 2016. Posted in From The Desk of...The Chief Scientist

One of the things I had lacking in my early educational development was direct interaction with science experts. Sure, we had firefighters and DARE cops, and those visit were great, but not a lot of scientists swung by, and they certainly didn't do activities with us.

That probably contributed to the fact that I didn't realize that "being a scientist" was an actual career path until my early 20's. I know, I know, I'm a slow learner.

So it's a good thing that I was able to work with Kevin, Becca, and the rest of the Camp COSI team to bring in as many OSU experts this summer as possible.

We had virology postdocs showing how to filter river water to make it safe to drink. We had professors running LEGO car crash+safety competitions. We had grad students showing kids how to do make-your-own 3D drawings. Camp kids got to play with owl wings, fossils, UV lights, the works.

Combined with the already-excellent Camp programming, I'm sure the kids had a fun time and learned something useful along the way. And hopefully they realized that "being a scientist" can be an actual job...

About the Author

Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter is COSI's Chief Scientist. He is an astrophysicist and offers a wealth of knowledge about our universe. In addition to his COSI position, Paul Sutter is a Cosmological Researcher and Community Outreach Coordinator at The Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP).