Science Outreach with COSI

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Innovators

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With support from the Abbott Fund, COSI On Wheels reaches more than 40,000 elementary school students throughout Ohio and neighboring states each year. The Incredible Human Machine takes COSI’s science educators on the road with entertaining, educational lessons about eating healthy food and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Innovators

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Developed with assistance from scientists at Abbott’s Columbus facility, the program kicks off with a high-energy 45-minute demonstration led by a COSI educator. The human body is described as an engine — an incredible human machine that needs fuel (food), belts (exercise), a CPU (brain) and more to function well.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Innovators

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In one part of the program, students and teachers are asked to compare the nutrients found in different foods. They discover that some meals fuel the human body better than others.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Innovators

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After the presentation, classes explore hands-on learning stations that reinforce the key educational messages of the assembly. The children can “build” a balanced meal, learn to read food labels, dance to elevate their heart rate, piece together a skeleton and more!

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Innovators

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The Abbott Fund also supports COSI Academy, another outreach program at the science center. The academy offers a new path to STEMM education by giving high school students in central Ohio the opportunity to meet real scientists and explore careers in science, technology, engineering, math and medical fields.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Innovators

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Throughout the academic year, the program’s 50 high school students meet each month at COSI, then set out for a trip to a local STEMM-based research facility, corporation or university to learn about STEMM fields such as polar research, mechanical engineering, pharmacology, nutritional science, energy research and medicine.

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Support from the Abbott Fund ensures that financial need is not a barrier to student participation. Our commitment directly answers national initiatives calling for increased diversity in and access to STEMM education, especially among underserved populations.

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Every year, more than a dozen volunteers from the R&D team at Abbott Nutrition in Columbus, Ohio, come together to create an exciting hands-on experience for visiting academy students. The young people work alongside Abbott experts to learn about the science behind nutrition bar product development. Students are challenged to create their own nutrition bar that meets a specific nutritional need – and still tastes good.

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During the visit, Abbott experts demonstrated the bar line to show how small-scale manufacturing is used to test products still under development.

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“Nothing has opened my mind to the world of science like COSI Academy,” said one participant. “It has given me more opportunities than I’d have ever dreamed of, and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

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   at AWS.Web.UI.WebControls.ImageDisplay.get_ImageUrl() At the state-of-the-art Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Ohio, kids, teens and adults explore interactive exhibits in the 320,000-square-foot museum that was named the number-one science center in the country by Parents magazine. The Abbott Fund proudly supports two of COSI’s popular outreach programs: COSI On Wheels: The Incredible Human Machine, a traveling program designed to teach children about good nutrition, and COSI Academy, a career exploration program that introduces high school students to science, technology, engineering, math and medical professions.

COSI On Wheels reaches more than 40,000 elementary school students throughout Ohio and neighboring states every year. As Americans increasingly face health risks resulting from obesity, the engaging Incredible Human Machine program is an effective way to teach young people about the amazing inner workings of the human body, and how to fuel these “machines” with nutritious food.

From October through May, COSI Academy hosts a group of high school students who travel together on field trips to local labs (including the Abbott facility in Columbus), technology companies and colleges and universities offering science programs. Teens explore careers in veterinary science, mechanical engineering, pharmacology and nutritional science, as well as current topics in science such as climate change and clean energy.
Results Source: Center of Science and Industry
Results to Date

05/24/2012

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