COSI plans science festival

COLUMBUS — COSI has announced plans to celebrate science by holding a festival called the COSI Science Festival, May 1-4, 2019.

The festival, expected to be among the largest science events in Ohio history, will include four days of activities showcasing science around the central Ohio community and will conclude with a hands-on, day-long carnival-style celebration on the Scioto Peninsula outside COSI.

“The COSI Science Festival will showcase how exciting, interesting, fun, and accessible science is to all of us and how relevant it is to our daily lives. In addition, it will shine a light on the fantastic science, technology, and industry innovation in our great central Ohio region,” said Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI. “Science festivals are fantastic ways to engage communities and meet the people right where they live, learn, and lounge. The COSI Science Festival will reach people in communities all over central Ohio, make science topics more accessible and inspire people to get excited about science. This is just the beginning. We expect the COSI Science Festival to continue to grow larger each year.”

Battelle has initiated funding through visionary support for the COSI Science Festival with a pledge of $850,000 over three years to help get the project underway.

“We’re proud to be the visionary founder of the COSI Science Festival,” said Battelle President and CEO Lou Von Thaer. “This celebration will foster appreciation for innovation and technology in our community, share our enthusiasm for what our employees do every day and spark interest in the next generation of budding scientists, researchers and engineers.”

Plans are currently underway to secure additional funding for the COSI Science Festival and schedule the more than 60 events showcasing science all over the central Ohio community as well as the final day celebration. For more information, visit