Science on wheels rolls into Central Elementary

Through partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the Cambridge Alumni and Friends Education Fund, students of Central Elementary School welcomed COSI On Wheels into their school Thursday for hands-on science exploration and participation in the Investigating Energy program.

Central Elementary School fourth-grader Taylor Griffith helps Kyle Jepson of COSI with a science experiment Thursday during the COSI on Wheels visit.

COSI On Wheels, a traveling outreach program of the COSI Columbus Science Center, engages students in a dynamic opening assembly and interactive science activities aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and the National Science Education Standards.

Students were visited by Dr. Kilowatt to learn about creating energy and making good energy choices.

“The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio has been working to create and assist local school endowment funds, such as the Cambridge Alumni and Friends Educational Fund. We realize the importance of developing community partnership and sustainable funding to ensure students’ successes in our changing world,” said FAO President and CEO Cara Dingus Brook. “By helping provide COSI On Wheels programming for Cambridge Central students, the Foundation and Cambridge Alumni Fund are increasing access to educational opportunities.”

As a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio — including Guernsey County and all of the neighboring counties — the Foundation works to ensure growing up in Appalachian Ohio means having access to opportunity. By working with a variety of partners, including Cambridge Alumni and Friends Education Fund, FAO is making sure Appalachian Ohio has the funding necessary to make our goal a reality.

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio partnered with the Cambridge Alumni and Friends Educational Fund to provide the COSI On Wheels visit to Central Elementary School. The Cambridge Alumni and Friends Education Fund is a vehicle for alumni, friends and supporters of academic excellence to provide a contribution outside traditional funding sources to enrich and enhance the educational experience of students in the Cambridge City School District.

COSI on Wheels volunteer Brenda Policoff, c, watches as Central Elementary School students, l to r, Sydney McGlumphy, Emma Gress, Haley Goehring and Danielle Lyons, conduct a hydro-electricity experiment.

“The Cambridge Alumni and Friends Education Fund is establishing permanent resources for the educational activities of the Cambridge School System. With the support of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, we are delighted to award our first grants to bring COSI On Wheels to the three Cambridge elementary schools,” said Dee Schick, committee member of the Cambridge Educational Fund.

To learn more about the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Cambridge Alumni and Friends Education Fund and COSI, or to find out how you can partner with the Foundation to increase access to educational opportunity, go online to or call FAO at (740) 753-1111.

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