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COSI on Wheels Visits Columbia
COSI (Center of Science and Industry) brought their Energy Program to Columbia Elementary to introduce students to the science of energy. The program consisted of a 45 minute interactive assembly followed by exciting hands-on activities that engage the students, and encourage the development of Science Process Skills.  

In the assembly, the COSI Educator introduced the concepts of potential and kinetic energy, forces, and transferring energy.  Students explored how objects transfer energy and use different contact forces to complete one big chain reaction with the COSI Educator. The assembly was followed by 60 minute hands-on activity sessions where each station was led by parent volunteers.  During these hands-on sessions, students further enhanced their knowledge of energy by exploring potential and kinetic energy, designing and engineering chain reactions, creating circuits, exploring the impact of friction and mass on an object’s movement, and more.

This is the third year that the Columbia Elementary has provided the COSI on Wheels program for our students. The program provides a way to introduce dynamic science topics, enhance science inquiry skills, and encourage learning.  Our students continue to gain new knowledge and a renewed love for science each year.
Students using hand generator to light a bulb.
Students using hand powered generator to light a bulb.