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The COSI Science Festival and Big Science Celebration are in person for the first time in two years! Here’s what you should know about the events

The COSI Science Festival and Big Science Celebration are in person for the first time in two years! Here’s what you should know about the events

Sarah Sole

For the first time since 2020, the COSI Science Festival and the COSI Big Science Celebration Big Science Celebration are back and in person. The annual COSI Science Festival, which is held from May 4-7 at and around the grounds of COSI, culminates each year in the Big Science Celebration, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7, outside of COSI. The free celebration will feature interactive science demonstrations and activities led by some of the biggest names in Columbus. 

The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with the Big Science Celebration Opening Experience. At noon, COSI will honor STEM Stars: Jim Deprez of Hilliard, Erandi De Silva, Ph.D., of Grove City, and Columbus residents Aniket Vardhan and Dr. Sumithira Vasu will be recognized as champions of science in their communities at Genoa Park’s Main Stage. 

A whole slew of events are also lined up for the Main Stage. Spectators will be able to see, among other things, Battelle’s Gummy Bear Astronaut, as well as the “world’s smallest aircraft,” courtesy of COSI President and CEO Dr. Frederic Bertley. The festivities will come to an (explosive) close at 3:50 p.m. with the Big Science Celebration Grand Finale at the English Plaza. 

While there’s plenty of action happening on stage, there’s just as much and more to see from over 100 STEM exhibitor tents offering hands-on activities. Vendors include The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Honda, Battelle, and many more. Food trucks ChillJoy, Hog Back BBQ, Greek Village on the Go, and the Cheesecake Castle will also be along Town Street.

To learn more, visit cosiscifest.com

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