Citizens Invited to Help Rename Science Center

Posted Feb 16th, 2009 by John Eikost  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com


Citizens invited to help re-name science center

Toledo, Ohio – What’s in a name? Good question.

What is the name? Better question!

Officials of the tentatively named Toledo Science Center, formerly COSI Toledo, are turning to school students and the public at large to help them come up with a permanent name for the children’s museum and science center located along the Maumee River in downtown Toledo.

Robert C. Savage, current vice chair of the Science Center and chair of the Create a Great Name Committee, announced a call for entries today during a news conference at Toledo’s Old Orchard Elementary School. He represented a committee of 20 other members by speaking to an assembly of the school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.

“Lucas County voters gave our organization new life this past November,” Savage said. “It seems only fitting that we should turn to our benefactors and our users to help us find a new name for this very worthwhile educational facility. COSI was one of the great family destinations in Northwestern Ohio, and the new Toledo Science Center will carry that experience forward.”

Naming ideas can be submitted four ways.

* Mailed to “Naming Entry”, 1 Discovery Way, Toledo, Ohio, 43604.
* Online at www.toledosciencecenter.org
* E-mailed to names@toledosciencecenter.org
* Faxed to “Naming Entry”, at 419-255-2674.

No phone call entries will be accepted.

According to Savage, name ideas are welcomed until March 20 from entrants of all ages and locations.

“Our eminent panel of 20 prominent civic leaders will review the entries and narrow the field,” Savage said. “Our responsibility will be to forward our short list of names to the board of directors. They will make the final decision. (See attached list of naming committee members)

Officials are expecting excellent suggestions from citizens of all ages, but they especially want the thoughts of the grade school students of Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan. The Science Center will provide pizza parties and Extreme Science demonstrations to two randomly selected classes among those with 100 percent participation in the process who submit during the month of February.

In addition, everyone who submits a name (along with their parents and teacher) will be invited to a special sneak preview event of the new science center later this year.

“Our goal is foster kids’ curiosity about math, science and fun,” Savage said. “This naming process, and the name itself, are just two of many ways we intend to do that.”

Lucas County residents voted in favor of a small property tax in November to fund the center’s operations, enabling it to re-open in fall 2009.
Submit your name for the Science Center at this web address:

1. Your First and Last Name(required)
2. Email(valid email required)
3. Proposed Name for the Science Center(required)

About the Toledo Science Center

The Toledo Science Center (www.toledosciencecenter.org) is a children’s museum and science center delivering science- and technology-based programming to youth and their families throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. This not-for-profit organization is located in downtown Toledo and has served nearly three million visitors from its opening, March 1997, through December 2007, when it was forced to close its doors. In the interim, the organization continued to operate its popular outreach programs.

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