COSI Announces Science Festival 2020

Chris Gaitten
Lindsey Sequeira, a Battelle Memorial Institute associate researcher and analytical chemist, ignites balloons filled with various flammable gases on stage during the Big Science Celebration to close out the inaugural COSI Science Festival on May 4.

On Wednesday, COSI announced plans for its second annual science festival, which will take place May 6-9, 2020, and will again culminate with the Big Science Celebration on the grounds of the museum on the Scioto Peninsula, according to a press release. The communitywide festival also will expand into six new cities: Circleville, London, Marysville, Delaware, Pickerington and Heath.

This year’s inaugural COSI Science Festival took place May 1-4. It brought more than 40,000 people to 110 science-themed activities around Columbus and a dozen partner cities and neighborhoods, according to the release. The fest is the creation of CEO Frederic Bertley, who founded a similar event in Philadelphia when he was with the Franklin Institute before taking the top job with COSI in 2017.

The six new partner cities are part of Bertley’s effort to grow the festival, starting with contiguous counties and eventually throughout the state. He has lofty goals for COSI across the board, as he discussed with Columbus Monthly a few months ago for our profile of him and his first two years at the helm of the institution.


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