COSI On Wheels visits General Rosecrans
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
General Rosecrans Elementary School students explored our Solar System without ever leaving their school when COSI (Center of Science and Industry) brought its traveling science program Astounding Astronomy to Sunbury.
The innovative, interactive program, one of six COSI travelling demonstrations, is designed to stimulate the imaginations of the next generation of astronauts and aerospace engineers.
The day began with COSI Outreach Educator Chelsie Webster presenting a 45-minute interactive assembly introducing the students to our solar system.
During the assembly GRE students explored the size and distance between the planets, the electromagnetic spectrum, the extreme cold of the outer planets and deep space as well as learned how the Earth is currently the only planet known to contain life.
The assembly was followed by hands-on activities during which the students maneuvered a remotely operated vehicle, identified constellations, and watched the affect of air pressure on a marshmallow.
Webster said COSI On Wheels programs aligns with Ohio Academic Content Standards and compliments the National Science Education Standards, allowing students to discover the impact that chemistry and space technology have on their daily lives.
COSI is a hands-on science center located in Columbus. Each year more than 300,000 students take part in COSI On Wheels programs, and in the past 30 years, COSI On Wheels has brought hands-on science into the lives of over 7.5 million students across the Midwest.
COSI is located at 333 West Broad Street in Columbus. For additional information log on to < cosi.org >.