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Energy! investigates the various forces and energies that are acting around us at all times! Learn all about potential and kinetic energy, contact and non-contact force, circuits, and magnets as you become an honorary COSI Energy Explorer, all while fixing the Super Awesome Machine – S.A.M – along the way.

Hands-on activities:

U-Shaped Ramps: Students will observe and experience energy transfer, conservation of energy, and momentum.

Boom Goes the Domino: Students will explore potential and kinetic energy as well as contact force by making massive domino chains and knocking them down.

Bright Ideas: Students will explore how moving magnets can create electricity and discuss real-world applications for generators.

It’s A-maze-ing: Students will investigate properties of light such as reflection, absorption, and travelling in a straight line. Students will leave the station understanding that light is a form of energy.

Science Friction Double Feature: Students will explore how friction changes the motion of an object.

Electric Avenue: Students will better understand electrical circuits and the components needed to use various types of circuits by building their own!

I’ve Got the Power!: Students will investigate conductors and insulators of electricity by testing materials themselves.

Super Awesome Mini-Machine (S.A.M.M.): While engineering their own chain reaction machine, students will explore the physics of force and motion, and examples of simple machines. Students will also creatively problem solve in a collaborative environment.

Academic Standards:

K-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.

1-PS4-1 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

1-PS4-3 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

Plan and conduct investigations to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.

2-PS1-2 Matter and Its Interactions

Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.*

3-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

4-PS3-3 Energy

Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.

3-5-ETS1-1 Engineering Design

Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

MS-ETS1-2 Engineering Design

Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.



Full-day experience: $1090
Includes whole-school assembly and smaller hands-on sessions throughout the program day.
Please note:

  • There is a $2 processing fee for all program reservations.
  • A mileage fee will be applied to programs outside of Ohio’s borders.
  • School must provide volunteers for setup, facilitation of activities, and tear down.

Assembly-only option: $490
Includes whole-school assembly without the hands-on sessions afterwards.
Additional assemblies available for $175.
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