COSI on Wheels: Exploring Ecology
COSI On Wheels: Exploring Ecology
COSI is a hands-on science center located in Columbus, Ohio. Each year more than 300,000 students take part in COSI On Wheels programs, and in the past 30 years, COSI On Wheels has brought hands-on science into the lives of over 7.5 million students across the Midwest. The COSI On Wheels program aligns with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and compliments the National Science Education Standards to deliver an amazing science learning experience directly to the school. (credits: COSI's press release)
OBJECTIVE & CONSTRAINTS | To develop a new COSI on Wheels program about ecology. Program travels to schools in the Midwest, teaching and inspiring thousands of children about ecology. Consists of a 45 min assembly and 10 hands-on interactive activities.
- Extreme durability
- K-6th grade audience
- $50 K budget
- Light weight
- Fit truck
- Easy packaging
ROLE | Lead designer, developed all hands on activities, graphics and assembly components from concept to final product. Collaborated with educators, content developers, fabricators and worked closely with the project manager to finish the program in one year.
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DATE | 2012
RESEARCH | Observe other COSI on Wheels programs at schools. Interview COSI educators to learn about specific needs. Test prototypes with museum visitors. Accredited ecology articles, books and blogs.
PROCESS | Build prototypes, test concepts, create detail drawings, meet with vendors, supervise fabrications process, test final product and remedial changes.
Final Product | The assembly
Final product | Hands-On activities
The hands-on activities are guided by adult volunteers, these explore ecology concepts more in depth and evoke critical thinking.
Process | hands-on activity: Beaks as tools
Due to length and amount of material for each component of the program, one hands-on activity example that emphasizes the design process for the product will be highlighted.
OBJECTIVE & CONSTRAINTS | After the content advisor, designer and project manager agree on a topic to teach a component brief is created by the project manager, specifying objectives. This activity needs to teach about different beak adaptations.
RESEARCH | Perform secondary research about how this specific topic is taught at schools, current products, and literature reviews.