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MAGNOLIA -- The countdown was on.
"Ten nine eight seven," Sandy Valley Elementary's student body counted down inside of the school's gymnasium.
Pop, pop, pop, pop ...
It was the sound of the "explosionator" as it was set off.
The source was Lindy Newman from COSI on Wheels. The program, which calls the science center in Columbus home, rolled into town last week for a two-day experience.
On Friday, activities began with a school-wide assembly. Students first became engaged when Newman wasn't able to ignite the machine. She explained to her audience that something wasn't working. Newman compared it to the human body which needs all functions properly working.
Newman then received the help of fourth grade teacher Cortney Geiger, who went behind a fictional body scanner. The scanner showed what the nervous, digestive, respiratory and digestive systems might look like, and Newman introduced each of them.
Several students were brought forward as volunteers. In some silly ways, they showed how all of the human body systems function together as well as the importance of exercise.
Newman successfully ignited the explosionator at the conclusion of the school-wide assembly.
After classrooms were dismissed, students returned to the gymnasium for some individual hands-on stations. Twenty volunteers, including some Sandy Valley High School students, helped man.
Before they split off, the first station became one big dance party at Newman's direction. She played showing the dance steps the students should take as "Cake by the Ocean" was played. Several of the volunteers joined in the dance party.
Chris Moll, the president of the Sandy Valley PTO, said the COSI assembly was the result of an election in November. Students had the option of choosing an assembly featuring either the joys of the arts or the sensations of science.
Polling stations were set up similar to a presidential election. Once the results were tallied, science was the winner.
"The PTO is dedicated to bringing in educational activities and things that are fun to do for the kids," Moll said.