They may have been inside, but for Martin Elementary School students, a lush forest inside during 'Explore Ecology,' hosted by COSI on Wheels.
"I like it because there's lots of things that I like to study like plants and animals; I just think it's fun,” says Owen, a first-grader.
The kids were thrilled for their time slot and couldn't get enough of the journey through prairies, wetlands, forests and rivers about animals and their natural environment.
"It's a great program. They have seven or eight other different things that they can come and bring. So it's our first time and we're excited,” says fifth grade teacher Sherry Morris.
"It's about getting out of the classroom and bringing science to life, the more hands on, the better."
"Science should be that way; it should be hands-on and it should be lots of activities that they touch, feel and do and that's what we've had,” Principal Karen Brady says.
All this ecology has Alivia seeing her future pretty clearly; she wants to be a veterinarian.
"I like animals, ones a chiweenie and one's a mastiff,” the first-grader says.
From students to teachers to parents, everyone was on board when it came to bringing COSI to the school.
"The feedback has just been incredible,” Brady says. “So much so that we're looking forward to repeating this, probably for the next six years."
What's better than immersing yourself in science and trying things out right then and there.
"You're having fun and learning at the same time; it's pretty cool,” Alivia says.
The COSI program is the product of a grant from WVUP.
Brady says says science is one of those things if the children learn a love of it early, it isn't so daunting in middle school and high school.
This definitely tops the list of unique things for the students to do.
They spent the day inside but for students at Martin Elementary School it felt more like they were deep in the woods somewhere, during "Explore Ecology", hosted by COSI on Wheels.
The students got to explore the outdoors as an outreach educator brought the science of prairies, forests, rivers and wetlands alive.
They investigate animal adaptations, life cycles and learn how parts of an ecosystem are connected.
"This is a product of a grant from WVUP, our acadamic partners in education. And it is their funding that allowed us to be able to do that with the students this year," says Principal Karen Brady. "We're looking forward to being able to come up with funding for future years and we really, really enjoyed having the COSI here this year."
The principal says science is one of those things if the children learn a love of it early, it isn't so daunting in middle school and high school.
So they like to introduce hands-on, exciting things for them to do and this definitely tops the list.