The Canal Winchester and Southeast branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will be host to COSI Science Festival events Wednesday, May 1, through May 4.
The "Be A Scientist with COSI" series allows students to step into the shoes of scientist, "providing a behind-the-scenes look while taking a hands-on approach to learn what makes STEM organizations and careers so incredible," according to information from COSI.
The Canal Winchester branch will host "Be A Scientist" from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 3, and the Southeast Branch will have the program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. the same day. Participation is limited to 50 elementary and middle-school students at each event.
The program will include a chemistry demonstration, information about careers in the sciences and an activity led by COSI staff, Canal Winchester branch manager Matt Craft said.
"Events like this during the Summer Reading Challenge often draw 50 or more participants at the Canal Winchester branch," Craft said. "COSI's programs are always engaging, and we will be promoting it to students and families in the Homework Help Center, at Reading Buddies, and as people check out books and other materials."
"Any time we're able to connect young minds with an immersive, hand-on activity, it's sure to be well-attended," said Ben Zenitsky, marketing and communications specialist for the Columbus Metropolitan Library. "And who doesn't love COSI? The library and COSI have always shared a common goal, and that is to encourage young minds to follow their curiosity.
"We're grateful for the partnership and for the opportunity to get kids excited about science."
And the science festival isn't only for children. Adults can get involved, too. Donerick's Pub, 3783 S. Hamilton Road, in Groveport will host "Science Trivia" with help from Excesss Trivia from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.
There will be four rounds, with five questions and six categories per round, for a total of 120 questions. Science-trivia categories range from facts about the COSI Science Festival to astronomy, science songs, women in science, science in pop culture and more.
Winners will take home prizes, including passes to attend COSI After Dark and COSI Science Festival swag. Photos will be shared on COSI's and Excesss Trivia's social media to make sure the world knows who's the best in science trivia.
COSI President and CEO Frederic Bertley said collaboration is an important part of organizing the four-day science festival.
"COSI cannot put on this festival of four days of events...by ourselves," Bertley said. "We don't have the staff or the capacity. The key to make this work is through partnerships. They've been the bread and butter. That includes the 12 city mayors that have agreed to work with us.
"Putting this on at this scale has been possible through the partnerships we've been able to set up, and those partnerships helped us pick the sites."
Support has come from organizations and municipalities that "speak the STEM language."
There will be no events where "someone is just going to hand you a flier," he said. "These are all hands-on, interactive, participatory events."