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Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, OH

Article:Abbreviated as COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, is a science museum and research center in Columbus, Ohio. Originally opened in 1964, COSI was moved to a 320,000 sq. ft. facility along a bend in the Scioto River in the Franklinton neighborhood in 1999, designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. COSI features over 300 interactive exhibits throughout its themed exhibition areas. As a center of science and industry, and not a standalone science center), the Center established embedded partnerships with local organizations. Central Ohio’s NPR member station and Public Broadcasting Service public media station maintains a digital media center and offices, the Ohio State University maintains a center of research as well as health & medicine laboratories staffed by medical residents, and Columbus Historical Society maintains offices and exhibit space.

The Center of Science and Industry also operates the largest outreach education program of any science museum in the US through COSI in the Classroom, 21st Century Lab field trip experiences, international distance education Interactive Video Conferencing programs, and COSI On Wheels traveling outreach program. As a nonprofit organization, COSI is supported by ticket sales, a network of community and statewide partnerships, which include relationships with a variety of donors and sponsors, a volunteer program supported by 10,000 volunteers annually, and nearly 20,000 member households.

In 2008, COSI was named the number 1 science center in the US for families by Parent Magazine. In 2020, COSI was named the number 1 Science Museum in the Country by USA Today. As of 2018, COSI has seven main exhibit areas: Ocean, Energy Explorers, Space, Progress, Gadgets, Life, and the American Museum of National History Dinosaur Gallery. Hallways between each learning world are filled with hands-on exhibits and displays.

The Ocean exhibit is divided into two realms. Accessed via an underwater cave through a crashed shipwreck, the cavern path splits as guests pass to the right or left. The pathway to the right leads to a docked submarine laboratory where hands-on exhibits explore the realities of ocean research, submersibles, SCUBA, water pressure, and remote-operated vehicles. Lilypad Lab focuses on drainage and Central Ohio wildlife. The Space exhibit area features a replica space station pod to tour, a recreation of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 spacecraft from the Mercury-Atlas 6, remote-operated vehicles, balance tests, and other hands-on experiments that deal with space flight trajectory, gravitational pull, and simulated rover landings.

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