AAA Editor Notes
COSI Columbus is off I-70W exit 100B, or I-70E exit 97, following signs to 333 W. Broad St. The dynamic hands-on science center features more than 300 interactive exhibits, and live shows are presented throughout the themed exhibition areas. Exhibits are designed to teach science to all age levels through play. Some of the science concepts covered include the ocean, outer space, energy, engineering and health.
Daring types will want to ride the high-wire unicycle several stories aboveground across the atrium, a gravity-defying feat that provides a thrill for all visitors. Future doctors may unravel the mysteries of the human body in the Life exhibit, which covers such subjects as exercise, diseases and bones. At Labs in Life, visitors may see researchers using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to conduct various studies.
In the Progress exhibit, stroll down the same street as it appeared in 1898 and then in 1962 and see how everyday life changed drastically due to technological advancements. In 1898, exhibits include farm implements, telegraph equipment and a horse-drawn buggy. In 1962, faux storefronts display toys and drugstore products; behind another window, a deejay plays vinyl records at a radio station; and a gas station highlights a gleaming vintage automobile.
Submerse yourself into the world of underwater technology such as sonar and submarines in the Ocean exhibit. Little ones can enter a submersible for a glimpse of underwater life. Explore the concepts of water flow and water bells, and control waves in a tank filled with 1,000 pounds of H20. In the Space exhibit, aspiring astronauts may control a robot on Mars using a robotic rover, pilot a space capsule and learn about gravity and the laws of motion.
In the Gadgets Café, future engineers and scientists can discover the inner workings of machinery through dissecting computers and CD drives, or try their hand at splitting a laser beam or building a bridge. At Big Science Park, kids will feel like superheroes as they lift a car using a lever or move a 2.5-ton granite sphere. There also is a special area for babies up to youngsters in first grade.
Movies are shown on a digital screen in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater. Live shows include Chemistry LIVE!, Gadgets LIVE!, rat basketball and an electrostatic generator show. The COSI Planetarium features state-of-the-art digital technology that offers a glimpse of the universe through several different experience options.
Courtesy strollers and wheelchairs are available.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.