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Rethinking the role of science centers in society

After an effort at a public levy to support the institution failed, COSI, Columbus, Ohio, had to reduce its public space, staff, and budget by one-third. But COSI turned disappointment to opportunity, reinventing itself and finding new uses for its spare space.

Kim Kiehl, COSI’s senior vice president and chief operating and strategy officer, talks about how COSI moved from being “nice to necessary,” becoming a place that’s important in students’ lives. This interview took place on October 3, right after Kiehl delivered a talk at the 2010 ASTC Annual Conference in Honolulu.