Space science program lands in Loveland
Posted Monday, December 10, 2012
Loveland Primary School (LPS) and Loveland Elementary School (LES) transformed into centers for science the week of Monday, Dec. 3, as the COSI (Center of Science and Industry) traveling science program set up shop to teach lessons in astronomy. The Loveland Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) paid for the program’s visit.
“Loveland is fortunate to enjoy the support of a strong PTA,” said Kevin Fancher, LPS principal. “This is an excellent example of how well the partnership between the school and parents can work to benefit our children.”
COSI is a hands-on science center located in Columbus, Ohio. 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 more than 7.5 million students across the Midwest. Astounding Astronomy, one of six traveling demonstrations from COSI, was the focus for LPS and LES students during the week-long visit.
“One of the reasons this assembly is so powerful is because it incorporates hands-on activities,” explained Jennifer Forren, LES principal. “At different stations our students simulated the maneuvering of a remotely operated vehicle, identified constellations, and watched the effect of air pressure on a marshmallow. These activities hold their attention while they teach important lessons.”