COSI truck rolls into Augusta school

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Augusta elementary school students learned about animals, their fur and habitat during the COSI event held at the school. Students were given the opportunity to feel the fur from several animals and learned about their habitat and where they live in the United States. Several students are shown above with the volunteer who manned the station. From left are: Monica Lozer, Sherry Hartong (volunteer) Jessica Hillyer, Olivia Gromley and Austin Lozier.

When the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) truck pulls into the parking lot at Augusta elementary school, excitement begins to build.

Such was the case Nov. 4 when COSI officials visited Augusta to present a COSI on Wheels activity day featuring a variety of learning stations under the theme “Exploring Ecology”.

The day began with a COSI “scientist” who presented an interactive assembly for all students featuring habitats, ecosystems, and adaptations of the plant and animal world. The fun, educational assembly was followed by a number of hands-on activity stations during which the students investigated ecosystems, examined tree rings, and explored animal adaptations, along with other concepts.

The Augusta PTO, in coordination with grant money from LifeShare blood drives, hosted the event and volunteer PTO parents presented theme-based station activities for the students to explore.

The COSI on Wheels program aligns with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and complements the National Science Education Standards.