Lessons in Matter and Energy

Lessons in Matter and Energy is a series of eight learning modules that demonstrate physical science concepts and phenomena. The series captures some of the most engaging demonstrations presented at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus.

The demonstrations clarify essential properties of matter and the nature and transfer of energy. Accompanying each module is a Teacher’s Guide, on video, and a set of assessment tools that includes suggested tasks to test comprehension, a scoring rubric, and a student booklet.

Lessons in Matter and Energy is intended to complement curricular resources in grades 4 to 8.

Videos in This Series

Effects of Disturbance on Biodiversity – Instructor’s Guide

The effects of fire, climate change, and logging.

Banana-Hammer Instructor’s Guide

A demonstration showing how a banana, with some liquid nitrogen, can be used to drive a nail

Banana-Hammer

A demonstration showing how a banana, with some liquid nitrogen, can be used to drive a nail

The Barfing Pumpkin – Instructor’s Guide

A chemical reaction inside a pumpkin

The Barfing Pumpkin

A chemical reaction inside a pumpkin

Breathing Blue – Instructor’s Guide

Carbon Dioxide turns a liquid a different color

Breathing Blue

Carbon Dioxide turns a liquid a different color

Ice Bomb – Instructor’s Guide

Exploring water’s unusual characteristic of expanding when it freezes

Ice Bomb

Exploring water’s unusual characteristic of expanding when it freezes

Brachistochrone Curve

The quickest way – not shortest distance – between two points