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Dinosaurs arrive at COSI in Columbus, Ohio

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Students can get up close to dinosaurs at COSI, the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, COSI, Columbus, Ohio

Photo: Robb McCormick Photography American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, COSI, Columbus, Ohio

COSI’s new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery is the result of a partnership with the famed New York City museum.

“It is a one-of-a-kind partnership,” said Jaclyn Reynolds, director of communications at COSI. “The gallery has casts of dinosaur skeletons as well as real fossils.”

Installations of world-class dinosaur exhibits from AMNH include a full-size cast skeleton of the massive Tyrannosaurus rex. Students can stand beside an 8-foot-long cast femur of a titanosaur — one of only two in the world.

Interactive exhibits relate the latest scientific findings about dinosaurs.

“The gallery exhibits really go into the evolution of dinosaur biology and the research of paleontologists,” Reynolds said. “Scientists now know that dinosaurs never really fully vanished from Earth. Modern birds are, in fact, their living descendants.”

The center’s goal is to inspire interest and excitement around all things science, technology and engineering.

“We hope students get excited about science, learn more about the world and explore careers in STEM or STEAM fields,” Reynolds said.

STEAM covers the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, but also incorporates the arts.

COSI offers hands-on interactive exhibits. Educators can add a state-of-the-art planetarium show or a film in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater. Teacher’s Choice allows educators to select a film from National Geographic’s vast library. If a class is working on a unit about weather, for example, Extreme Weather can be chosen.

Add-on experiences include 21st Century Learning Labs and Generation Rx Labs.

A lunch room is available.

COSI has a drop-off and pick-up zone and a motorcoaches parking area. 

For more information call 614-228-2674 or visit cosi.org.

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