Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Franklin County Historical Society

  • COLUMBUS, OH
  • http://www.cosi.org

Mission Statement

COSI provides an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage, and ourselves. We motivate a desire toward a better understanding of science, industry, health, and history through involvement in exhibits, demonstrations, and a variety of educational activities and experiences. COSI is for the enrichment of the individual and for a more rewarding life on our planet, Earth. (COSI Mission Statement as adopted in 1964)

Main Programs

  1. Educational Camps, Workshops, Career Exploration and More
  2. Hands-On Experience and Inspiration
  3. Community Access
  4. Educational Outreach – Community and School Partnerships
  5. Early Childhood Development and Education
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Located in Columbus, Ohio, COSI (Center of Science and Industry) is a vibrant hub of scientific activity that has engaged more than 30 million learners of all ages from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries through on-site and outreach experiences since opening in 1964.

ruling year

1962

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Dr. David Chesebrough Ed.D.

Keywords

Self-reported

COSI, Children, education, science, technology, museum, interactive, hands-on, early childhood education, center of science and industry, center of science, science center

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Also Known As

COSI

EIN

31-4383802

 Number

8058241474

Physical Address

333 W. Broad Street

Columbus, 43215

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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1)COSI continued to leverage recognition for our #1 rating from Parents magazine as the top science museum for families in the country. We engaged nearly one million people in FY2012, with more than 625,000 visiting on-site and 310,000+ through educational outreach programs. During our last fiscal year, 22 percent of COSI member households benefitted from COSI's Family Access Program, making the COSI experience affordable to all members of our community. 2) COSI hosted several limited-engagement exhibits that provided unique learning opportunities to our visitors and our community. We reaffirmed our role as a vital resource for conversation and debate by hosting RACE: Are We So Different? We partnered with dozens of community organizations and corporations to engage adult and teen audiences in special events and programming related to race, identity, diversity, and inclusion. \In fall 2012 we hosted Gunther von Hagens’ blockbuster exhibit, BODY WORLDS and The Brain, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to see inside the human body. While hosting BODY WORLDS, we achieved our highest fall attendance numbers since COSI opened in its current location. 3) We expanded the breadth of our audiences and reached our youngest visitors by refreshing our Big KidLab in little kidspace with new hands-on experiences, and maintained core family member interest with the early-childhood focused LEGO in 2012 and the Curious George exhibition in 2013. 4) We are developing new ways for teens to learn and explore career options at COSI. COSI’s Teen Advisory Council guides our teen efforts and last fall we launched the OhioHealth Medical Career Discovery program to introduce high school students to medical careers. COSI recently received two Maker Education Initiative Grants - part of the “maker movement,” an effort to encourage DIY, invention and creativity - that will help us purchase supplies and develop programs. 5) We implemented a total waste management system that has enabled COSI to divert 65 percent of its waste from the landfill. 6)In February 2012, COSI welcomed the Columbus Historical Society as our newest onsite partner making the rich history/innovation of our community visible to more people than ever. In 2012 COSI hosted the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ annual conference, welcoming 1,700 colleagues from 39 countries and generating an estimated $1.7 million of revenue to the local economy.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Educational Camps, Workshops, Career Exploration and More

Transforming science education is critical to Ohio and our nation; COSI strives to meet this need through a variety of on-site educational programs. COSI’s career exploration programs like Girls Discover…Engineering! and COSI Academy inspire teens toward STEM education and careers. Our educational workshops serve life-long learners from infancy through adulthood; Camp COSI offers summertime and school's out camps; and field trip workshops provide opportunities for student groups to have fun while exploring science. Our inquiry-based teacher professional development programs provide sample classroom activities for P-8 teachers to hone their science teaching skills. COSI also offers teacher resource fairs; the popular Camp-In overnight program, which has served more than 1 million guests; and innovative professional development/field trip combinations aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards and Scientific Inquiry and Application Components of the Ohio College and Career Ready Standards.

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None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Budget

$0.00

Program 2

Hands-On Experience and Inspiration

At the heart of the COSI experience, our science center immerses visitors in learning and fun from the moment they enter. Last year, more than 625,000 people explored exhibitions like Gadgets and Ocean, watched large format films in the Extreme Screen Theater, and saw interactive live shows like "The Electrostatic Generator" and "Rat Basketball." COSI’s science center also provides endless opportunities for family learning and bonding. Families connect over educational programs, such as You Try It workshops, and exhibitions like Adventure, which enable families to work together to solve scientific puzzles. COSI knows that through interactions with scientists and artists we help inspire the innovators and dreamers tomorrow and offers monthly opportunities for visitors to engage with scientists. Events like “Art & Science Day” and “Chemistry Day” provide real interaction with scientists and hands-on science activities related to everyday life.

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None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Budget

$0.00

Program 3

Community Access

COSI recognizes it is our duty to remain accessible by eliminating financial barriers whenever possible. COSI ensures our science center and educational programs are financially accessible to diverse families and schools through our community access partnerships and partnerships with nearly 100 community groups and schools. COSI also engages families and representatives from the autistic and differently-abled communities for input to ensure our COSI experiences and programs are inclusive of their needs and in 2013 hosted its first Autism Awareness and Activities Day, offering Autism-friendly experiences and resources. COSI’s Community Access Program makes it possible for groups, such as schools with high participation in the federal free and reduced lunch program, to visit COSI at a reduced cost per person, 16,874 people benefitted from that program last fiscal year. COSI’s Family Access Membership provides low-cost memberships to families participating in WIC, Medicaid, or the Ohio Directions program, 22 percent of COSI’s 20,000+ members benefit from this initiative. We also have a variety of corporate partners and individual donors who provide funding to underwrite school field trips and program scholarships. COSI was recognized for our community access program, and our work around the RACE exhibition, as the statewide winner of the 2013 Cultural Awareness Award from the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 4

Educational Outreach – Community and School Partnerships

COSI offers exciting science education programs that more than 300,000 people throughout Ohio and beyond annually. COSI On Wheels, a mobile science education program created in 1983, serves schools throughout Ohio and neighboring states. COSI also offers the COSI On Wheels Preschool Outreach program for ages 3-5. Since 1999, COSI's award-winning Interactive Videoconference programs have provided extraordinary learning experiences to students in 46 states, including students in rural and other underserved areas. One example, the Surgical Suite program, connects students via videoconference with surgeons in a real hospital operating room. Other outreach programs include COSI in the Classroom, which brings COSI educators to classrooms to teach science, and professional development for teachers in the classroom, during which COSI’s Master Educators work alongside teachers in the classroom to help them implement inquiry-based science lessons.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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None

Budget

$0.00

Program 5

Early Childhood Development and Education

COSI is focused on programs that improve parents’ understanding of early childhood development, and that offer young children highly interactive and developmentally appropriate learning experiences. New programs and increased partnerships will enhance our research-based learning environment, little kidspace®, which serves young children and their parents. Examples of programs include: 1. Interactive workshops for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners, all of which introduce basic concepts and encourage a love of learning; and 2. Preschool and toddler outreach programs that encourage the development of science process skills by taking COSI fun directly to early childhood centers. We also provide resources for early childhood educators, such as our preschool teacher workshops, which help teachers develop simple lessons that build on science process skills and meet early learning standards.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

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None

Budget

$0.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1) We will continue to create new visitor experiences to further our four strategic areas of focus: energy and environment, early childhood education, health and medicine, and technology and innovation. In summer of 2013, we will unveil Energy Explorers, a new exhibition space dedicated to the topic of energy, innovations in energy, and the many choices consumers and suppliers make that impact energy systems.
    2) COSI will continue to host a variety of limited-engagement exhibitions like MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition and Curious George: Let’s Get Curious, Extreme Screen films like Flight of the Butterflies 3D, and engaging monthly events highlighting topics of science or other relevant topics to our community like Backyard Science Day, Robotics Science Day and Get Fit Family Day.
    2) COSI will continue to refurbish our facility by performing necessary maintenance and making critical infrastructure investments to increase efficiencies, keep up with evolving technologies and uphold our ongoing appeal to sustain our high attendance numbers.
    4) As we draw near to our 50th Anniversary, COSI is identifying ways to mark the milestone and make 2014 a year of celebration, inspiration and innovation!
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Located in Columbus, Ohio, COSI (Center of Science and Industry) is a vibrant hub of scientific activity that has engaged more than 30 million learners of all ages from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries through on-site and outreach experiences since opening in 1964.

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Funding Needs

1) Increased sustainable sources of operating support; 2) Funds for periodic, necessary facility refreshment; 3) Increased educational program funding; 4) Support to increase access to COSI resources for underserved populations; and 5) Support for projects related to all 4 strategic areas of focus with emphasis on our Energy & Environment area and new experiences such as Innovations in Energy, a multi-year project that will increase public understanding of issues related to energy consumption

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Science and Technology Centers

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Financials

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FRANKLIN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. David Chesebrough Ed.D.

BIO

Dr. Chesebrough was named President & CEO of COSI in April 2006. Formerly, he led the Buffalo Museum of Science for five years and the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, NY for five years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Chesebrough was part of the management team that designed, fundraised for, built, and opened the $57 million Carnegie Science Center. He was an educator and administrator at the secondary and collegiate level for over 15 years prior to switching to the museum field in 1987.

Dr. Chesebrough completed his doctoral research at Duquesne University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics, math, and science education at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he serves as a board member for the international Association of Science-Technology Centers, Experience Columbus and the Children's Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Chesebrough is also an Arts & Sciences Faculty Fellow at The Ohio State University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"COSI is nearing 50 years of service to central Ohio and since 1964, more than 30 million memory-making engagements for children and adults have been created by COSI through our on-site and outreach experiences. As one of the oldest and largest centers of science in the country, COSI attracts visitors with engaging experiences that connect science to everyday life. COSI’s work addresses a national need: our twenty-first century economy depends on a scientifically literate workforce and citizenry. COSI meets this challenge by providing a safe place to experiment and interact with real and relevant science topics and professionals beyond the classroom while still linking to school requirements, and by providing experiences that appeal to learners of all ages and inspire them to learn more. As we reach our 50th anniversary, COSI continues to grow as a vibrant hub of scientific activity, conversation and lifelong learning, ensuring we will be a dynamic community resource for the next 50 years."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Pablo Vegas

AEP Ohio

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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