The Mona Lisa made out of jelly beans!

For three weeks in September, COSI Columbus closed for renovations. Now, the #1 Science Center is back and better than ever with a whole bunch of new additions!  Jaclyn Reynolds, COSI’s PR & Social Media Manager, gives us the scoop in this guest post.

It’s been a whirlwind of activity here at COSI lately, and it won’t be letting up any time soon!  Luckily, that’s just the way we like it. We try to bring a great variety of programming here at COSI and make learning fun!  Recently, we’ve made some changes around the building. While you’re looking, you may see a tribute to COSI On Wheels (Celebrating 30 years!) or some Jelly Belly Masterpieces of Jelly Bean Art.  We’ve even borrowed and hung some beautiful moth installations made out of recycled materials by an Ohio artist Michelle Stitzlein and created a photographic display titled Whales: From the Depths of the National Geographic Collection – all are gorgeous and very different limited engagement wall exhibitions.

Part of the NEW little kidspace®!

Probably the biggest changes that have been made are to the entrance/exit to little kidspace® and the space where older siblings hang out while the little ones play.  One of our goals in changing the entrance/exit was to make it easier to get in and out of little kidspace®.  We switched the entrance with the exit gate, and while we were at it, we added some simulated greenery to make it more visually appealing. We also renamed the space for older siblings Big KidLab, expanded it and added a science activity area that will offer fun science experiments during our busy days when school is out. little kidspace is still for children not yet in first grade, but the expansion of Big KidLab will make caregivers more comfortable leaving older siblings in the area with the new learning opportunities.

LEGO Castle Adventure!

This fall we’re also hosting two amazing exhibitions that couldn’t be more different.  That means learning for the whole family!  Builders of all ages are invited to explore, build and play in LEGO® Castle Adventure! In this exhibit, kids and their families are transported to a LEGO® kingdom where they can become master castle builders.  Visitors can build brick castles, learn about real-world castles and their building secrets and plan their ideal castle’s defenses.  Younger visitors can dress up in costume, joust on “horseback” and explore the castle grounds.

Also making its Columbus debut this fall is Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain.  This world-renowned exhibition invites profound reflection on the power, beauty, resilience and fragility of the human body and brain. This unique presentation of BODY WORLDS highlights the brain and focuses on brain development and function, how to keep the brain healthy and how the brain deteriorates from diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Did we also mention we invited the entire world to COSI for this year’s Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference?  More than 600 science centers and museums around the globe, including COSI, belong to ASTC. Each year we meet to talk about what’s going on in the world of science education and how we can help each other further that learning to our visitors.  We were thrilled to have hosted the conference this year and shown other science centers and museums how proud we are of our world-class science center, our members, visitors and our community.

For more information on COSI, visit cosi.org.

 ~ Post by  Jaclyn Reynolds, PR and Social Media Manager for COSI.