COSI and NASA Announce Unprecedented Partnership for the COSI Science Festival

Friday, 03 May 2019

Author: Jaclyn Reynolds

COLUMBUS, OH – COSI and NASA will form an unprecedented partnership impacting thousands of people at the COSI Science Festival May 1-4, 2019. Each of NASA’s ten research centers will bring examples of their work along with hands-on activities to the COSI Science Festival NASA will also host a special exhibition May 1-3 in COSI’s Atrium for visitors to enjoy as well as support the COSI Science Festival’s Citywide Star Party at COSI on the evening of May 3. The exhibit moves outdoors for the Big Science Celebration on Saturday, May 4, from 11am to 4pm.

“NASA will be an incredible addition to the COSI Science Festival,” said Dr. Bertley. “This is a fantastic partnership between the world’s leading space exploration organization and our premier science center to engage and inspire COSI Science Festival participants. Tremendous care and planning has gone into the COSI Science Festival and it is phenomenal to have NASA recognize that and join us at our inaugural Festival.”

Festival attendees will explore science, flight and space exploration through NASA’s hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities including:

  • a virtual reality chair, where visitors can get a sense of what it might be like to sit on the surface of Jupiter’s frozen water moon Europa while watching a video about NASA’s planetary missions;
  • three activities that demonstrate how sound travels through the air, how humans survive at high altitudes and the altitudes where objects fly;
  • an Oculus Go demonstration that will take visitors on a trip from Earth to the Moon, and explore space communication with NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite; and,
  • a model of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and interactive demonstrations On Friday, May 3 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Eric Smith, chief scientist, James Webb Space Telescope Program, at NASA Headquarters, in Washington, D.C., will present the James Webb Space Telescope Program next project, followed by a Q&A in COSI’s Planetarium.


COSI, along with Visionary Sponsor Battelle announced in May 2018 the brand new, dynamic, interactive and fun annual COSI Science Festival. The COSI Science Festival, expected to be among the largest science, technology and cultural events in Ohio history, will be held May 1-4, 2019 and will include four days of 100+ events showcasing science around Central Ohio. The Festival concludes with the Big Science Celebration, a free outdoor event surrounding COSI on May 4, 2019 from 11:00am – 4:00pm. COSI Science Festival events are now live at a href="https://cosiscifest.org" target="blank">cosiscifest.org.

About the Author

Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds is the Director of Communications for COSI. She has worked in communications and PR for more than 16 years. She has worked as a TV news producer in cable news and as a public information officer and communications specialist in state government.