The Center of Science and Industry, also known as COSI, is a research facility and museum dedicated to the field of science that is located in Columbus, OH. COSI was initially opened in 1964, but in 1999 it was relocated to a facility that was 320,000 square feet larger and was located along a bend in the Scioto River in the Franklinton neighborhood. The facility was designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
Over three hundred interactive exhibits can be found spread throughout COSI’s various themed exhibition areas. The Center, which is more accurately described as a center of science and industry than a standalone science center, has established embedded partnerships with various local organizations. Central The Ohio State University maintains a center of research in addition to health and medicine laboratories staffed by medical residents. The Columbus Historical Society maintains offices and exhibit space. Ohio’s NPR member station and Public Broadcasting Service public media station maintains a digital media center and offices.
Through its COSI in the Classroom program, 21st Century Lab field trip experiences, international distance education Interactive Video Conferencing programs, and COSI On Wheels traveling outreach program, the Center of Science and Industry also runs the largest outreach education program of any science museum in the United States. COSI is a nonprofit organization that derives its revenue from ticket sales, a network of community and statewide partnerships that include relationships with a variety of donors and sponsors, a volunteer program that is supported by 10,000 volunteers annually, and nearly 20,000 member households. Additionally, COSI receives donations from a variety of donors and sponsors.
Parent Magazine honored COSI with the distinction of being the best science center in the United States for families in the year 2008. USA Today ranked COSI as the best science museum in the country in the year 2020, and it received this honor. As of the year 2018, COSI features the following primary exhibit areas: Ocean, Energy Explorers, Space, Progress, Gadgets, and Life, in addition to the Dinosaur Gallery from the American Museum of Natural History. The passageways that connect the various learning worlds are decked out with interactive exhibits and displays.
There are two distinct areas to explore within the Ocean exhibit. The path through the cavern branches off to the right and left as visitors make their way through the shipwreck, which serves as the entrance to the cavern. The path that branches off to the right leads to a docked submarine laboratory that houses interactive displays that delve into the realities of ocean research, submersibles, SCUBA, water pressure, and remote-controlled vehicles. The drainage system and the wildlife of Central Ohio are the primary focuses of Lilypad Lab. There is a recreation of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 spacecraft from the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission on display in the Space exhibit area. Additionally, there are remote-operated vehicles, balance tests, and other hands-on experiments that deal with the trajectory of space flights, the gravitational pull, and simulated rover landings. Visitors can tour the space station pod replica.
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