Posted by: COSI | August 3, 2010

One of those days!

I had family drop in today from Cleveland as they’ve never been to COSI. I thought today might be a bit quieter being earlier in the week—but I was pleasantly surprised to the contrary.

Turns out that today was also our annual Teacher Fair which continues to expand with well over 300 teachers “dropping in” for it. As we continue to grow in its role as a “convening place” and a convener, it’s interesting to see how something like the Teacher Fair gains momentum.

Teacher Resource Fair

Our friends and science education partners from as broad a group as the Columbus Zoo, Metro Parks, to OSU and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have filled Gallery 1 with their materials about the various ways they can provide materials and resources to help teachers with their efforts to stimulate and encourage interest in science, math and technology.

Being a former teacher I made sure to chat with some of the educators to get their perspectives on the fair as a resource—finding out that some had come from as far as Cincinnati!

Then, throw in over 600 kids in groups, a few thousand guests and members coming for the day, and a host of summer “campers” tapping our galleries and WOSU’s media lab as special resources and we had that “three ring circus” feel that is becoming more common.

On top of that you could watch a fitness study going on in Labs in Life and we had another first-come, first-served preview day for our Adventure experience, all with their special appeals.

Yes, I might have thought it would be a quieter day for visiting family, but that just isn’t happening at COSI lately—and I love it.

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  1. Great post, David. The final attendance count for COSI’s Teacher Resource Fair was 342 teachers (plus many exhibitors and vendors).


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