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

Brachistochrone Curve – Instructor’s Guide

The quickest way – not shortest distance – between two points

Glowing Spinach – Instructor’s Guide

Why chlorophyll turns red under ultra-violet light

Glowing Spinach

Why chlorophyll turns red under ultra-violet light

Shuttle Tile

Why meteorites burn when then enter earth’s atmosphere

Shuttle Tile – Instructor’s Guide

Why meteorites burn when then enter earth’s atmosphere

Sound and Vibration

Sound waves through an aluminum tube; standing waves in liquids

Sound and Vibration Instructor’s Guide

Sound waves through an aluminum tube; standing waves in liquids