SCIENCE IS FOR EVERYONE

 Science is everywhere and for everyone. It is something that allows us to ask and get answers. It makes us safe, helps develop new technologies and gives us medicine.

Dr. Frederic Bertley, aka “Dr. B,” President and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), originally wanted to play professional sports. “I am from Canada and I like hockey. When I was 9 years old, I received a hand-held video game. I was frustrated because it used too many batteries. They wouldn’t last long,” he explains. “In the basement I found an old lamp, cut the cable and connected it to the cable on my video game. In about 10 seconds, the game blew up and the outlet was smoking. That was my aha moment—I was hooked on the curiosity of science.”

Bio science or life science was Dr. B’s first interest. Medicine was interesting to him. “Actually, my parents told me not to let anyone tell you, you can’t do anything in this world,” he says. Dr. B thinks science is important because, “There are 7.7 billion people on this planet and science can definitely play a role to ensure people have food, warmth and have a happier life.”

COSI, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a science museum on the inside, very much like the Arizona Science Center. “We are about doing science, hands on outside. We have education outside and a website at cosi.org which allows activities and additional things virtually.”

COSI’s largest exhibit is the dinosaur exhibit. According to Dr. B, it was created in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History in New York. “We have 3-D virtual tours of our exhibits at cosi.org.  There are six different exhibits, like energy and dinosaurs. COSI Connects Live allows you to experience the event taking place such as an operation. You can also ask questions,” he says.

COSI also has the Color of Science, where they interview a person of color in science the first Thursday of every month. “Caleb Anderson was very interesting, and it was fun interviewing astronaut Kathryn Sullivan,” notes Dr. B.

COSI also does interviews during the Science Fest, the first week in May. Dr. B also has a new show that just started. “We did our first taping”, says Dr. B. “It is called QED with Dr. B. You can air it at any time around the world."

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