PARMA, Ohio — The Center of Science and Industry (COSI), the Ohio Mayors Alliance, Mayors’ Partnership for Progress and Great Lakes Science Center have partnered up to provide underserved Parma students with extracurricular STEM programming.
The COSI Roadshow will be joining the Parma City Schools food distribution from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday (Oct. 5) at Parma Senior High School.
“We’re going from city to city to help bridge the digital divide and distribute free science kits,” COSI Vice President of External Affairs Stephen M. White said. “These are called COSI Connects Learning Lunch Boxes.
“It has a week’s worth of science content in it that we’re delivering to underserved youth and underserved families to provide them with the opportunity to learn during this unprecedented time. The idea is when families pick up their meals and feed their hungry lives they also feed their hungry minds with these kits.”
The COSI Roadshow has already served more than 350 families, including stops in Athens and Canton.
Once the Learning Lunch Boxes run out in Parma, the Columbus-based COSI will distribute a free Science Snack, a box featuring one science activity to do at home, as well as its new Space Learning Lunch Box in partnership with NASA Glenn Research Center.
The COSI Connects initiative started during the stay-at-home spring as a digital platform providing kids with free online activities and videos. This includes the introduction of the COSI Connects Mobile App, which bridges the digital divide by allowing content to be downloaded to a smartphone and accessible when offline.
“The response has been tremendous,” White said. “We’ve received amazing feedback from the public. We’re providing a resource out there for not only families and underserved youth and parents, but also educators because these kits can be used in the classroom.”
Also appearing at the Parma event will be the COSI on Wheels Curbside program, which provides a free WiFi hotspot for students to access the internet.
“During an unprecedented year, this is a unique partnership,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “I also want to thank COSI for selecting Parma. This is a wonderful educational program. I look forward to helping distribute them with our superintendent.”
Added Parma City Schools Superintendent Charles Smialek, “We’re always looking to partner with our community members and to continue to expand the presence of STEM in our district.
“This effort from COSI aligns perfectly with our strategic initiatives. We’re very grateful for their support of our students.”
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