PIQUA — Students grades fourth through sixth were paid a visit from Center of Science and Industry (COSI) representatives on Wednesday, during the special all-day program, COSI on Wheels.
This marks the second year that PCIS has hosted the program, which is sponsored through a community partnership with French Oil.
“We’re trying to get students excited about science in a hands-on way,” said COSI on Wheels educator Katie Propp. “We’re very different from other museums in that we’re very hands-on and promote trying to experience it, so that maybe that will inspire curiosity in science.”
The theme of this year’s program was “The Incredible Human Machine.”
“The human body is a machine in many ways,” Propp said. “We require energy to survive, and when we break down, we have to get fixed.”
“COSI gave us a list of programs, and ‘The Incredible Human Machine’ is the closest, content-wise, to our sixth-grade curriculum,” said instructor Veronica Gaier.
Students were invited to the gymnasium in groups, where they were able to participate in an interactive assembly, and then pass along a series of hands-on stations.
Stations covered such topics as X-ray science, microscopic observation, optical illusions, the digestive system, the human skeleton, measurement records, and even a “gross science” station, which delved into human functions like gas and waste.
Approximately 15-20 student volunteers from Piqua High School’s AP Chemistry and organic chemistry classrooms were on site to coordinate each station.
“I really enjoy it, because we used to do this back when we were in fifth and sixth grade,” said PHS junior Keenan Kelly. “COSI’s a long way. The fact they can bring it here is really cool, because kids can experience it without having to leave their school.”
“I think COSI’s a great experience for us to share our knowledge and make an impact on the younger generation, but also learn from them, too,” said PHS junior Ana Adams.
“I love sharing science,” Propp said. “Science is my passion, so just by being able to have a really dynamic assembly, and see kids try their hands at science is great. I have kids come up to me at the end of the day, and say, ‘I didn’t think I was going to be a scientist, but this changed my mind.’ That really inspires me.”
For more information on COSI on Wheels, visit www.cosi.org.