Now the city will soon become home to a science festival.
COSI Columbus revealed on Tuesday its plan to host four days of science-related events across central Ohio. Scheduled to take place next May.
The festivities will include three days of demonstrations at churches, universities, pubs and more, culminating in an all-out science bash on the fourth day at COSI.
Frederic Bertley made no secret of his intention to create the COSI Science Festival when he became the science museum’s president and CEO early last year.
“I actually put it out there a few months into my tenure at COSI,” Bertley said, referring to a May interview with Columbus CEO magazine. “I have yet to see a city that has the breadth and depth of festivals like Columbus — this is really a festival city.”
The festival will be structured much like the Philadelphia Science Festival, which Bertley helped create and oversee when he was the senior vice president of science and education at the city’s Franklin Institute. In its 10th year, Philadelphia’s festival has expanded to nine days of activities.
Battelle committed $850,000 over three years to help make Columbus’ science festival possible, said Lou Von Thaer, Battelle’s CEO and president.
Courtesy of the Columbus dispatch