Students at Oakdale Elementary were entertained and inspired during the COSI on Wheels presentation on September 28.
The presentation began with a discussion on potential versus kinetic energy. The children were shown examples of energy, such as dropping a ball on one student’s head, and asked to determine which kind of energy they witnessed.
All grade levels learned about renewable and non-renewable energy. With participation from the audience the presenter shared examples of generating wind to create electricity. She explained using a hydro turbine could create energy with water. She had volunteers pretend to mine for coal, and even had a mock nuclear reactor for the students to see.
After the fun and educational assembly grades 3-5 visited each of the 10 hands-on activity sessions in the gym. They tested conductors, built circuits and compared the energy usage of household appliances.
“The best thing about COSI is that we learned ways to stop pollution and conserve energy,” Jessica Rathbone, fifth grade student at Oakdale said.
The COSI on Wheels event was sponsored by the Oakdale PTA.