Posts Tagged ‘red’

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Science Spots at Red, White, and BOOM!

July 5, 2012

Post by Jordan Rader

A quick shot of COSI’s Science Spot traveling science exhibit all set up and ready for big crowds on Tuesday at Columbus’ “Red, White, and BOOM” Independence Day celebration.

COSI Science Spot at Red, White, and BOOM 2012

COSI Science Spot at Red, White, and BOOM 2012

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COSI On Wheels: Inspiring Kids, Saving Lives

August 19, 2011

Post by Chris Husmann

Did you know COW blood is compatible with human blood?

Give blood any chance you get!

COSI's Chris Husmann making a difference.

COSI's Chris Husmann making a difference.

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COSI On Wheels Explodes!

July 7, 2010

Post by Kevin Seymour

On July 2, 2010 COSI On Wheels took over the Northbank Park area in Columbus, Ohio, with its AMAZING Science Spots.  Featured in the Children’s Park area for this year’s Red, White & Boom, COSI displayed Science Spot eight kiosks and performed the “So Cold, Its Hot” show on the Children’s Stage.  Kyle Jepson, Kim Spillman, and I (Kevin Seymour) had an amazing time entertaining the hundreds of individuals and families that passed through the area. 

COSI Science Spots at the 2010 Red, White, & Boom

COSI Science Spots at the 2010 Red, White, & Boom

With Science Spot kiosks that had a puzzle, structures, or magnetic theme to them, we educated the public on many of the basic science concepts within those topics.  We also provided material on our current traveling exhibition Titanic: The Artfiact Exhibition.  We gave out hundreds of COSI mascot tattoos, information on COSI’s science education partner, The Zula Patrol children’s TV show, and COSI general materials. 

On the Children’s Stage, the “So Cold, It’s Hot” demo wowed the crowds with its fascination with liquid nitrogen experiments.   After talking about the basic states of matter, we gave them a demonstration of just how cold liquid nitrogen can be by freezing a rubber glove with water in it and then breaking off a finger–wow, that’s cold! 

KABOOM! COSI liquid nitrogen explosion at the 2010 Red, White, & Boom

KABOOM! COSI liquid nitrogen explosion at the 2010 Red, White, & Boom

Then we showed how the liquid rapidly changes into a gas by putting some liquid nitrogen in a 20-ounce bottle, sealing it, then watching it explode into a billion pieces.  It does this because the liquid turns into a gas. As the gas expands, the bottle gives under the pressure, causing an explosion. 

 To experience science in real life, come visit us at 333 West Broad Street, Columbus Ohio 43215 or at www.cosi.org

Our next stop for the Science Spot is the 2010 Jazz & Ribs Fest.  You will see a similar display from July 23-25, 2010 in Northbank Park from 11am-5pm all three days.  Stop by and see us!

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Fairs, Festivals, & COSI On Wheels

June 22, 2010

Post by Kevin Seymour

Kevin Seymour at the 2010 Columbus Pride Festival

Kevin Seymour at the 2010 Columbus Pride Festival

As COSI On Wheels enters into the summer travel season, elementary schools take the summer off and COSI hits the road visiting many of the over 100 fairs, festivals, and special events in our region every summer.  Columbus hosts a fair number of large community festivals and I had the opportunity to take our Science Spot program to one such event.

Columbus, Ohio, hosts one of the largest gay pride festivals in the country, with over 150,000 people from all over the US attending. COSI displayed nearly 200 square feet of science goodness at this event.  Seeing over 2,000 people in the booth sent an awesome message to the city and the Midwest that COSI is a big supporter of many diverse communities – including the GLBT community. 

Having the opportunity to educate and entertain thousands of families and friends over a 25-hour period was exhausting but rewarding. 

COSI Science Spots at the 2010 Columbus Pride Festival

COSI Science Spots at the 2010 Columbus Pride Festival

COSI On Wheels will be seen at the following Downtown Columbus festivals in the coming weeks and month:

Red, White & Boom – July 2, 2010 – Northbank Park
12pm – 8pm Corner of Neil and Spring

Jazz and Ribs Festival – July 23-25, 2010 – Northbank Park
11am – 10pm Friday / Saturday & 11am – 8pm Sunday

Festival Latino – August 14 and 15, 2010 – Genoa Park
11am – 8pm both days

Come support these energetic and exciting festivals and stop by the COSI booth – who knows, you may make an appearance in our blog!

Kevin M. Seymour
Director of COSI On Wheels Outreach Programs