AUSTINTOWN - The Austintown Elementary School gymnasium was transformed into a multitude of scientific stations March 2, when Center of Science and Industry - COSI - brought its traveling science exhibit to the school from Columbus.
The visit was made possible by the AES parent-teacher association.
PTA President Bethany Martinez said the COSI science exhibit was one she had worked with a few years back when she was with the Lloyd PTA.
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Austintown Elementary School second-graders Christopher Geradi, Naziya Reid and Elise Shuler learned all about the pH scale during a visit from the Center of Science and Industry March 2. The station allowed the students to mix different chemicals and observe a liquid changing its pH levels, measuring how acidic or basic the substance is. The station was ran by PTA volunteer Lara Coulter.
"We always enjoyed bringing in the COSI science program at Lloyd," she said. "We liked the hands-on approach, and when the elementary buildings were combined into AES, we wanted to see it continue."
She said PTA holds a variety of fundraisers throughout the school year to continue hosting programs like COSI. She said it goes beyond just the funding, though, as the many COSI science stations have to be staffed.
"Today (March 2), we had 20 volunteer moms and one dad," Martinez said. "On (Feb. 28) and (March 1), we had more dads help out."
Aside from its classic exhibits and planetarium at its location in Columbus, COSI offers many outreach education programs to bring science demonstrations, programs and special events to the classrooms. It introduces science topics to entire schools and uses hand-on activities to enhance science inquiry skills and encourage learning.