COSI’s Lost Egypt Exhibition


First Ride on the Camel by COSI

Author: Kate

Josh, John, and Kate on Camel

Josh, John, and Kate on Camel

Recently Josh Kessler, John Shaw (our Traveling Exhibits Manager) and I attended the annual ASTC conference (ASTC is the Association of Science-Technology Centers) in Philadelphia. We had a great time attending sessions, working at our booth in the Exhibit Hall and being involved in some unconventional networking with our colleagues – we played a mega-game of Assassins, and all three of us were eliminated by noon on the first day! Well played Minotaur Mazes and Indianapolis Children’s Museum (Indy took out both John and Josh…)  and a big thank you to Cynthia Sharpe of Thinkwell Design & Production for organizing the game (they’re the folks who designed our current Sesame Street traveling exhibition).

Here’s our booth at the conference. We included the prototype of the pyramid puzzle we’ll have in Lost Egypt, as well as Sarah the Camel and another traveling exhibit we manage – Zula Patrol: Mission Weather.

ASTC Booth

ASTC Booth

The biggest highlight for me was when a family visited the Exhibit Hall (it’s mostly adults, and for some reason most of them didn’t take us up on the offer to ride the camel). There were two little girls, ages 2 ¾, from Philadelphia. One of them wasn’t so sure about the camel, but the other one, Aurelia Browning, became the first kid to ride on the camel! She got a lift up, but once there, seemed perfectly content to sit in the saddle and look around.

Aurelia on the Camel

Aurelia on the Camel

We joked with her and asked “Is this your first time on a camel?”

She replied “No.”

Uh, okay. Not the answer we expected. It turned out that Aurelia and her sister had recently visited the zoo, and got to ride on a camel there. So while we didn’t give Aurelia her first camel ride, she’ll always be remembered by us as the first kid to ride Sarah the Camel. Thanks to Aurelia and her family for letting us take the picture and tell the story. We can’t wait to share the camel with more kids in Lost Egypt!



Thank You Blue Rhino Studio and Science Museum of Minnesota! by COSI

Author: Kate

camel head 2

Our camel, Sarah, is finished! She will be joining us at the Association of Science-Technology Centers conference in Philadelphia in a couple of weeks before coming to live at COSI until Lost Egypt opens. I’m hoping I can get a luggage strap and some wheels and pull her through the Philadelphia airport as my carry-on item (although I’m guessing she won’t fit under the seat in front of me…).

blue rhino team

We want to give a huge thank you to the Blue Rhino Studio folks who created our delightful dromedary – Jim Burt (left) is the main sculptor at Blue Rhino Studio – he sculpted Sarah. Also shown are Jeff Nelson, Aaron Dysart, Nikkia Vredenburg and Ryan Dahl. Not pictured are Dave Leak and Tim Quady. We all enjoyed working with them, checking on Sarah’s progress, and visiting Blue Rhino Studio!

sarah dan and dick close

We’re also grateful to our partners at the Science Museum of Minnesota who worked on Sarah, including Dan Miller and Dick Leerhoff, who are pictured here.

Thank you!