Notre Dame students experienced hands-on learning with the Center of Science and Industry (COSI),COSI on Wheels program.
The program is based out of COSI Columbus and provides schools with fun hands-on science activities that are also aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and the National Science Education Standards.
With ten interactive stations, students learned about Ecology, the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
“They’re going around to all the stations and they’re sort of experimenting with the different ecology topics,” said COSI representative Lexi Carter. “One of the stations deals with seed dispersal so they’re learning how seeds are dispersed and why. They’re also learning about the parts of plants, the age of different trees, and so forth. A lot of the stations have to do with animal adaptions from different types of beaks, to camouflage. But this isn’t the only topic we do, we have programs about the human body, about weather, astronomy, chemistry and others as well.”
The event was held in the Holy Redeemer Activity Center and over 200 students in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth cycled through the center throughout the day.
Students from Shawnee State University’s Teacher Education Department also assisted in the event.
Science Methods students in the Middle Childhood and Adolescent Young Adult Education programs assisted in setting up the activity stations the night prior. Students in both Early and Middle Childhood Education volunteered to work the stations throughout the day.
“It’s a great partnership between SSU and Notre Dame,” said Professor Loretta Harvey. “The students and the kids love it, and it’s a wonderful learning opportunity.”
According to Angie Burke, the President of the Notre Dame Home School Association, bringing COSI on Wheels to the school is an annual event.
“The Home School Association, our Parent-Teacher Organization, takes care of the fundraising and arranges for them to come to town,” said Burke. “Since we’re so far away, a lot of the kids don’t have the opportunity to go to COSI, it’s awesome that we can get COSI to come to us. It’s totally interactive, kids at school are learning out of books and while the teachers do have visual aids and activities, this is entirely hands-on. The kids really enjoy it and always have a blast.”
For more information about the COSI on Wheels program, visit www.cosi.org/educators
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