The COSI Science Festival helps to build a diverse STEAM workforce, and close the STEAM skills gap through exposing individuals to science and technology where they live, learn, and lounge.
4 days of hands-on science
The COSI Science Festival is fueled by partnership and built on collaboration. With businesses, community organizations, educational institutions, civic leaders, and industry joining forces, the COSI Science Festival features a unique, partner-based model that ensures the benefits of the festival reach a diverse audience across a wide geography, while also ensuring each festival event has its own distinct science flair.
The impact and engagement of these STEAM events will be amplified by the distribution of COSI Learning Lunchbox education kits. Learning Lunchboxes are interactive science kits filled with all supplies needed for five fun STEAM activities and additional exciting learning resources. Fun for the whole family and perfect for school-age learners, all Learning Lunchbox content is aligned with national learning guidelines and standards.
5 STEAM Stars
The STEAM Star initiative honors ordinary people doing extraordinary work, bringing awareness and well-deserved recognition to the local scientists who are powering the innovations of tomorrow. The 2024 COSI Science Festival will feature 5 STEAM Stars, nominated by the public and selected by the COSI Committee. STEAM Stars will be honored at the Big Science Celebration and may be featured on local media outlets.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
This year, the COSI Science Festival will be 4 days, May 1 – 4, 2024. May 1 – 3 will be three days of events throughout Ohio, and the Big Science Celebration will be at COSI on May 4, 2024 from 11am – 5 pm.
The Big Science Celebration will be on May 4, 2023 from 11am to 5pm at COSI.
Maybe you are working on a school project or are still curious about a topic after a visit to COSI. Ask our Department of Science Content your science questions! You can submit your questions here – cosi.org/contact-us
There are a variety of ways. Each community will decide where the free Learning Lunchboxes will make the most impact, but kits are always available to be purchased online at cosi.org/connects/kits, or in person at COSI. There area also a huge variety of free activities available through COSI Connects at cosi.org/connects.