COSI on Wheels rocketed into Indian Lake Elementary School on Nov. 13 with a multi-faceted lesson on Astounding Astronomy.
COSI presenter Jordan Rader led an assembly for the entire student body to start the day. He invited students to join in several exercises to show them how large our solar system is and how big each planet is compared to Earth. Rader used chemicals to blast off a rocket in the gym and even created a comet using dry ice, dirt and soda pop among other ingredients. He even zipped fourth grade teacher Mrs. Christi Warnecke into a plastic bag and sucked out all the air with a vacuum to demonstrate the power of air pressure.
After the assembly, students were able to further experience Astounding Astronomy at parent-led stations covering constellations, air pressure, weight on different planets, lasers, ultraviolet light, length of days/years on different planets and how to operate the Mars Rover.
This program is sponsored by a grant from the Logan County Education Foundation with help from the ILES PTO.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.