Exhibit at the BSC

Exhibit at the BSC

Big Science Celebration

Taking place on May 4th from 11 AM – 5 PM, it is the largest interactive STEAM event in Ohio, and the culminating event of the four- day COSI Science Festival.

It is a large-scale, highly visible, outdoor event, where Ohio's many STEAM organizations connect with thousands of youth and adults. Get ready for a fun day of engaging experiments and spectacular science where your organization can show off the STEAM opportunities happening within.


The Big Science Celebration is an incredible event, unlike any other, bringing thousands of people to the Scioto Peninsula, including Washington Blvd., Genoa and Dorrian Green Parks, Town Street and COSI, for a day of interactive activities hosted by Columbus’s own science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics focused organizations. This FREE event is open to all, but the primary target audience will be families with school aged children, with a special focus on those with limited access to science education resources.

Check out past exhibitor experiences below!

ALL Big Science Celebration exhibitors must design their booths and activities to engage the public in an interactive, hands-on way with some aspect of science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or mathematics. We encourage you to be creative! Help the public understand what your organization does for our community and beyond. Help Ohio address workforce challenges by bridging the STEAM skills gap and allowing our community’s children to see themselves in scientists and scientists in themselves.

Interested in exhibiting at the BSC?

The 2024 Big Science Celebration exhibitor application window has closed.

BSC exhibitor timeline:
An event of this scale and magnitude involves many costs, (including, but not limited to: permitting fees, equipment rentals, security, labor, etc.). The exhibitor fee allows us to recoup some of these costs so that the festival is sustained for years to come. We are aware that these costs may prohibit participation for some exhibitors, and we want to work with all groups to make entry possible. If the cost of participation is prohibitive, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Want more in-depth information?

View our COSI Science Festival partner guide.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Ohio, especially central Ohio, has a STEAM skills gap.
By participating in the Big Science Celebration, you are directly connecting visitors with the jobs and roles available in your industry and area of expertise in a fun and engaging way. Visitors are proven to leave with an increased understanding of the career opportunities available in STEAM, as well as an increased appreciation for the benefits STEAM brings to our lives.

You need to submit an online application that will be reviewed. Accepted exhibitors will be charged exhibitor fees. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2024.

Standard exhibit amenities are listed above, in either 10 x 10′ or 10′ x 20′ tents. Larger sizes are available by sponsorship.
All exhibits should include STEAM activities that are engaging, simple, and interactive.

The Big Science Celebration will be on May 4, 2024 from 11am to 5pm at COSI.

Individual community events will be decided on a case by case basis, but the Big Science Celebration will be rain or shine. We’ll put in a request for sunny and 72, but we all know how Ohio weather is.
COSI is still open on the day of the Big Science Celebration, general admission rates apply.

Applications are open now through 2/21. Click here to apply.