Particle physics experiments

The COSI Science Festival ends with colorful experiments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The annual science festival hosted by the Center for Science and Industry (COSI) officially ended on Saturday.

The week-long COSI event included many different types of experiences and activities for people of all ages, some of which were a bit messy.

Saturday’s event also featured several ‘celebrity’ guests, including members of Storm Team 4. Meteorologist Liz McGiffin helped kick off the celebration by participating in a colorful experiment blasting ‘elephant toothpaste’ into the air .

“The COSI Science Festival brings together all branches of science, from physics and zoology to biology and chemistry. We’re all about it,” COSI spokeswoman Kristy Williams said.

Williams said it was their first in-person festival since 2019.

“The COSI Science Festival is relatively new,” Williams said. “It started in 2019, and we haven’t been able to do it for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this year we’re so pumped because it’s back in person, live in 2022.”

The aim of the COSI Science Festival was to show people the science that surrounds them every day.

Local leaders, including Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, were on hand for the event.

Ginther said Columbus is lucky to have COSI and to be able to deliver events like this and he hopes it will inspire future generations of STEM leaders.

“We want all of these children and adults, but especially children, to develop an appreciation for science and we hope many will pursue science as a career,” said Lou Von Thaer, CEO and President of Batelle.

For more information on the experiments that were done on Saturday, see the video below.