Library, COSI team for series

Students can discover and build a range of science projects including rockets led by instructors from COSI (Center of Science and Industry) with a series in partnership with the Clark County Public Library this summer. ROBB McCORMICK PHOTOGRAPHY/CONTRIBUTED

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Students can discover and build a range of science projects including rockets led by instructors from COSI (Center of Science and Industry) with a series in partnership with the Clark County Public Library this summer. ROBB McCORMICK PHOTOGRAPHY/CONTRIBUTED

Science programs offer hands-on learning.

From rockets to rubber bands, the Clark County Public Library and COSI (Center of Science and Industry) are partnering to aim high with a variety of upcoming science-based programs at various branches this summer.

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“We’ve done individual programs with COSI in the past, but this is the first time we have had multiple programs with them,” said Allison Peck, library public relations manager. “It’s very exciting. The science programs fit in with our summer reading theme, Build a Better World.”

The programs are free, with materials provided, and each will be led by a COSI education specialist.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy COSI Racing Rockets, but you can say you built and launched one, which technically makes you a rocket scientist.

The program for ages 8-18, to be presented Monday, July 31, at the downtown Springfield library, will allow students to create their own rockets and launch their finished project indoors in the library’s Gaier Room.

“They should be able to still go pretty far. Hopefully not out the window, though,” Peck said, laughing.

The COSI Science Lab, Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the South Charleston Houston branch uses recycled materials to create fan-powered inflatable creatures or sculptures, similar to those outside car dealerships or other businesses.

Attendees can also make a drawing with a motorized scribbler.

The lab is open to ages 6-14; ages 6-9 are requested to be accompanied by an adult.

COSI Dowels and Rubber Bands Build will round out the programs, Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Village branch, Springfield.

This program for ages 7-older will introduce an engineering process to make structures such as a mini fort or many other things constructed from dowel rods and rubber bands.

“It’s only limited by imagination,” Peck said of the possibilities. “It’s also something kids and adults can work on together, parents or grandparents or siblings.”

Peck said programs like these help visitors learn new things but can also discover other things the library offers.

“We’re excited to get people in and about the different things we have here and pulling in different resources,” said Peck. “There will be books and movies that tie in and we’ve got things people can learn from and get information about.”

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How to go

What: COSI Science Series

Where: Clark County Public Library, 201 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield; Houston branch, 5 W. Jamestown Street S., South Charleston; Village branch, 1123 Sunset Ave., Springfield

When: 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 31; 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, and Wednesday, Aug. 9

Admission: Free

More info: 937-328-6903 or www.ccpl.lib.oh.us

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