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  • Surge Columbus October 16, 2014
    Surge Columbus Have you heard about the SURGE network?  Simply put, it is a collaboration between several Columbus institutions (including COSI) which offers free, technology-based learning opportunities for teens.  But attached videos will tell you much, much more… Have you heard about the SURGE network?  Simply put, it is a collaboration between several Columbus institutions (including COSI) which offers free, technology-based learning opportunities for teens.  But attached videos will tell you much, much more… One was made by WOSU for their Broad & High TV show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSlUYBZq1pY   The other is student made…filmed during open lab hours at all the sites, edited in WOSU Media Lab https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC1LoCG36cY   Our Teen Tech Studio is part of Surge Columbus and has FREE open hours for teens.  Visit http://www.cosi.org/families/teens/item/teen-tech-studio for more information. AuthorDave Buker Continue Reading
  • Sustainability Series Kick-Off Explores Issues with Today’s Food System October 15, 2014
    Sustainability Series Kick-Off Explores Issues with Today’s Food System What does it mean when a product is labeled certified organic? What conventionally grown produce have the highest and lowest amounts of pesticide residue? What issues are facing the food system in Central Ohio?  What does it mean when a product is labeled certified organic? What conventionally grown produce have the highest and lowest amounts of pesticide residue? What issues are facing the food system in Central Ohio? These are just some of the questions that will be explored during this Thursday’s Sustainability Series event. The evening will begin with refreshments and a reception featuring local resources including Whole Foods Market, Shagbark Seed & Mill, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Fresh Food Here, Franklinton Gardens, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 400 Farmers Market, the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Stewardship, and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. The reception will be followed by a screening of the food documentary In Organic We Trust and a presentation by Caitlin Marquis from the Franklin County Local Food Council. This is the first in a series of six environmentally focused events tailored towards COSI’s adult audience. Each month we will explore a new environmental topic. Learn more and purchase tickets at http://cosi.org/families/adults/category/sustainability-series The Sustainability Series is Supported by: The Green Funds of the Columbus Foundation The Ohio State University Office of Energy and Environment AuthorCourtney Price Continue Reading
  • Columbus Mini Maker Faire October 10, 2014
    Columbus Mini Maker Faire This Saturday is our third annual Columbus Mini Maker Faire. We've been hard at work behind the scenes to create a quadcopter battle arena, and taking classes with our neighbors at The Columbus Idea Foundry. I'm really excited about the lineup – our Mini Maker Faire is growing! This Saturday is our third annual Columbus Mini Maker Faire. We've been hard at work behind the scenes to create a quadcopter battle arena, and taking classes with our neighbors at The Columbus Idea Foundry. I'm really excited about the lineup – our Mini Maker Faire is growing!   10a-5p – Makers Expo & Demos – West Entry and Atrium 10a-5p – Surge Network Teen Programs – Teen Tech Studio 11a-12p – Quadcopter Battle Tournament Round 1 – Gallery 1 12p-12:30p – Guppy Tank – Pitch your business idea to the pros – WOSU@COSI 12:30p-1:30p – Wearable Technology Fashion Show – Gallery 1 12:45p-1:15p – Startup Help Desk – Get advice from startup experts – WOSU@COSI 1:30p-2:00p – Guppy Tank – Pitch your business idea to the pros – WOSU@COSI 2:00p-2:30p – Tech Talks – pcDuino – Learn about a $39 computer for DIY with sample projects – Central High Meeting Space 2:15p-2:45p – Startup Help Desk – Get advice from startup experts – WOSU@COSI 2:30p-3:00p – Tech Talks – Knockout Concepts – Explore why 3D Scanning is everywhere in our society – Central High Meeting Space 2:30p-3:00p – Quadcopter Battle Tournament Round 2 – Gallery 1 3:00p-3:30p – Guppy Tank – Pitch your business idea to the pros – WOSU@COSI 3:30p-4:00p – Power Tool Drag Races – West Lawn 4:00p-5:00p – Quadcopter Battle Tournament Final Round – Gallery 1 AuthorKate Storm Continue Reading
  • We Have a Plan! October 7, 2014
    We Have a Plan! Something else we've been testing – the signage for the Planetarium.  It looks like we have a "Plan" but don't worry – we will have the full Planetarium soon. Something else we've been testing – the signage for the Planetarium.  It looks like we have a "Plan" but don't wory – we will have the full Planetarium soon. Here is a photo of the rest of the letters. And the beginning of the install. And here is what the completed lettering will look like.  We still have some work to do on the entrance so we did have to take the letters down.  Soon we will have the whole entrance up and ready to go!   AuthorKate Storm Continue Reading
  • Collecting Darters October 2, 2014
    Collecting Darters In late September, Marc Kibbey (Associate Curator of the Fish Collection at OSU) and I went in search of more darters for our exhibit in Lily Pad. We used a net underneath the Dodridge Bridge, and had Jenna (my current Living Collections Assistant) walk upstream to stir up the bottom where the darters like to hide. The current of the river carried the darters along with other species into our net. Aside from collecting some more rainbow and greenside darters, we were also able to collect some bluebreast darters to add to our collection. In late September, Marc Kibbey (Associate Curator of the Fish Collection at OSU) and I went in search of more darters for our exhibit in Lily Pad. We used a net underneath the Dodridge Bridge, and had Jenna (my current Living Collections Assistant) walk upstream to stir up the bottom where the darters like to hide. The current of the river carried the darters along with other species into our net. Aside from collecting some more rainbow and greenside darters, we were also able to collect some bluebreast darters to add to our collection.     Bluebreast darters Etheostoma camurum were formerly listed as a threatened species in Ohio and are a conservation success story with populations thriving and spreading across many of the lower Ohio River watersheds. They are even showing up in many localities where none had previously been recorded. This recovery is largely due to water quality improvements including dam removals.   Why are they so important? Darters are a species of fish that are part of the mussel life cycle. Without the darters, mussels would be unable to reproduce making water conditions decline and inhabitable for many other species. Having no mussels can be catastrophic to an ecosystem. It's the circle of life, as they say.   So come on out to COSI to check out one of our newest additions that is helping to save the planet! AuthorLaurie Miller Continue Reading
  • We Have Light! October 2, 2014
    We Have Light! The cove lights are being installed in the planetarium. Bowen Technovation's Jon Craig and Matt Rosenfeld are installing the lights all around the springline (bottom) of the dome. The cove lights are being installed in the planetarium. Bowen Technovation's Jon Craig and Matt Rosenfeld are installing the lights all around the springline (bottom) of the dome. The AstroFXAurora LED lighting system will allow us to create different colored skies for Earth, Mars, or other planets, and we can do light chases, wipes, sunsets, and other effects. We may be able to give Clark Griswold a run for his money this holiday season! See more photos of the cove lighting test here. AuthorKate Storm Continue Reading
  • Sneak Peek Into Adventure's New Zombie Puzzle September 29, 2014
    Sneak Peek Into Adventure's New Zombie Puzzle On October 2nd, COSI's Adventure: Journey to the Valley of the Unknown will become something wholly different as the zombie apocalypse descends on the COSI After Dark. Here is a sneak peek of the transformation of the Adventure that our guests know and love into a brand new experience. On October 2nd, COSI's Adventure: Journey to the Valley of the Unknown will become something wholly different as the zombie apocalypse descends on the COSI After Dark. Here is a sneak peek of the transformation of the Adventure that our guests know and love into a brand new experience.   We filmed a new pre-show video that will introduce our newly minted explorers to the mysterious contagion that has taken over the island. This video will also fill the guests in on the events that occurred between 1939, the year Adventure is set, and 1954, the year this new experience takes place. The Adventure exhibit lends itself to being the location for a 50's style B-movie shoot.  As you can tell, we had a great deal of fun filming the new introduction video and we are excited to show it off the night of the event. We might even let you see a sneak peek in the near future so stay tuned!  AuthorJoe Wood Continue Reading
  • Cleaning the Dome September 26, 2014
    Cleaning the Dome One of the things we have to do to get the planetarium ready for re-opening is clean the dome. A company called Astro-Tec is here along with riggers from the local stagehands union IATSE12. The Theater Team spent some time trying to imagine just how a dome got cleaned – we pictured several swiffer dusters all taped together and a giant Q-Tip as some of the possibilities – but the reality is almost more interesting. One of the things we have to do to get the planetarium ready for re-opening is clean the dome. A company called Astro-Tec is here along with riggers from the local stagehands union IATSE12. The Theater Team spent some time trying to imagine just how a dome got cleaned – we pictured several swiffer dusters all taped together and a giant Q-Tip as some of the possibilities – but the reality is almost more interesting.   Behind-the-scenes view of the dome that shows the chains holding up the dome, and where/how they climb onto the dome.   Riggers (these are the guys who climb up high to set up rock concerts, stage shows, and special events) climb the outside of the dome wearing climbing harnesses and head lamps and carrying a small vacuum cleaner. Once in place, they vacuum the back side of the dome, pulling the dust through the perforations in the metal surface.   A close-up image of the perforations in the dome panel.   The dome is made of perforated aluminum panels to allow air circulation and to support audio speakers and special effects that are mounted behind the dome. The front side (the side the audience sees) is coated with a reflective coating that we project images into to see the stars. The entire dome is suspended over your head by chains.   Next week, our dome will be clean, and we'll be ready for Evans & Sutherland to arrive to start installing our projectors!   (Special thanks to Bill Coates, Jim Edwards, and Tommy Ward for cleaning to dome – especially the tilted side all while feeling like you might fall off!) AuthorKate Storm Continue Reading
  • Autumn Equinox September 22, 2014
    Autumn Equinox September 22 marks the Autumnal Equinox, a unique event that marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. The Autumnal Equinox will take place today at 10:29 pm Eastern time. On the equinox, both day and night are nearly equal in duration, each lasting approximately 12 hours.  September 22 marks the Autumnal Equinox, a unique event that marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. The Autumnal Equinox will take place today at 10:29 pm Eastern time. On the equinox, both day and night are nearly equal in duration, each lasting approximately 12 hours.  So how does this happen? The equinox occurs when the plane of Earth's equator intersects the center of the Sun. At the point of equinox, the North and South Poles of the Earth are not tilted toward or away from the Sun, meaning the duration of day and night is approximately the same everywhere on Earth. A common misconception is that seasonal changes are the result of the Earth being closer or farther away from the Sun, but it's actually this tilting of the Earth relative to the Sun that causes the seasons to change.  AuthorDoug Buchanan Continue Reading
  • Using the Vinyl Cutter in the Teen Tech Space September 18, 2014
    Using the Vinyl Cutter in the Teen Tech Space Did you know that COSI's Teen Tech Studio has a vinyl cutter? Well, now you do!  And teens (12-19) can visit the Studio and use it for FREE (Wed 3-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm) Wondering what you make with a vinyl cutter? Recently, I completed a project I've been working on for a while: a custom drum head. I documented the process to show you a bit about how to use the cutter… Did you know that COSI's Teen Tech Studio has a vinyl cutter? Well, now you do!  And teens (12-19) can visit the Studio and use it for FREE (Wed 3-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm). Wondering what you make with a vinyl cutter? Recently, I completed a project I've been working on for a while: a custom drum head. I documented the process to show you a bit about how to use the cutter… The first step was to take the design from Adobe Illustrator and import it into our vinyl cutter's corresponding program, Sure Cuts A Lot 3 Pro (which responds very well to Illustrator files). We had a limited amount of maroon vinyl so we had to position it specific so that it would be able to cut the entire design. But due to our cutter's dislike of large designs, we decided to cut it in two sections. This is not normally an issue with vinyl cutters but has been an issue for ours (USCutter). We then gathered the materials (an 18-inch Remo FiberSkyn bass drum head and several colors of vinyl).  As mentioned above, we chose maroon vinyl.  After loading the vinyl into the cutter, we let it do its work.  In total, the cut took a little less than 10 minutes. Once the cut was finished, we peeled away all the excess vinyl, leaving only the cut logo.  Our vinyl cutter doesn't always cut evenly or thoroughly so we used an Xacto knife to finish "incomplete" cuts. Once the excess vinyl was removed, we applied transfer paper to the top of the design.  This would allow us to remove the vinyl's backing adhesive and apply the design like a sticker. Before applying the vinyl to the drum head, I decided to remove the Remo logo. I had read that Acetone and Goo Gone work very well for this, but I was afraid that the FiberSkyn's textured surface would prove difficult to work with. Unfortunately, I was right, the chemicals only served to smudge the Remo logo. We then removed the vinyl's backing adhesive and applied the design to the head. Fortunately, the design allowed us to hide the smudge behind a feather. Phew! Once both cuts were applied (remember that we cut this design in two pieces), we removed the transfer paper.  This was a difficult task; the design tended to pull up with the transfer paper.  It became important to remove the transfer paper slowly, and at times, hold down parts of the design. Visit the Teen Tech Studio and make a vinyl sticker to take home! AuthorDave Buker Continue Reading

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