Posted by: COSI | February 27, 2009

COSI Opens Doors to Inspire Teens

It’s often a focus of conversations and measures of COSI strength as to how many hundreds of thousands of people come through our building (over 500,000) or we reach through our outreach program (varies between 300-400,00).

But as I talk to COSI “alum” and to long time Central Ohio residents, what I’m told are the individual stories of how a teen was inspired by COSI through a volunteer opportunity, a program, or experience meeting a scientist.

We probably don’t share enough with people the support we provide for teens to encourage their interests and experiences in science and technology. Some of the opportunities we provide are very cool. We provide some great experiences through our COSI Academy which is an evolving program to connect teens with opportunities to explore areas of science and technology—getting into labs, meeting engineers, etc. The web site also include a link to our Ning site which provides interested teens with an ongoing means to communicate and create a community of shared interest.)

I just caught wind of a set of You Tube videos that went up highlighting the recent activities of a group of our COSI Academy teens. The COSI Academy students studied flight and aeronautic careers for their February meeting. In the morning, they traveled to Flight Safety International—one of the premier flight training facilities, right here in Columbus, and a partner with NetJets which is becoming better known for its international leadership in its industry.

The teens toured the impressive Flight Safety International facility where pilots come from all over to hone their skills and expertise. Our teens viewed their high tech classrooms and each got to “fly” a plane in one of the flight simulators. To continue with the flight theme, in the afternoon they had a visitor from Boeing. Donald J. (Don) Morris Site Quality Manager for Boeing spoke with them about many of the careers involved in aeronautics and taught them how to make the ultimate paper airplane. Where were these opportunities when I was growing up! 😉 Just glad COSI can offer them to this generation.

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