There was certainly energy in abundance Dec. 15 in the Scottish Corners Elementary School gymnasium.

First-graders were investigating a variety of forms of energy, such as electric, magnetic and kinetic.

Students took part in hands-on activities presented by the traveling COSI on Wheels program, an interactive science tour that was visiting the school for the first time in several years.

Funding for the program, held Dec. 14 and 15 for students in grades K-5, was granted from the school's Parent-Teacher Organization, said Rachel Gearhart, an administrative intern at Scottish Corners.

"It provides them with an opportunity to problem solve and persevere while experiencing science hands-on," Gearhart said.

The PTO is still determining whether to fund COSI on Wheels visits on an annual or alternating-year basis going forward, said Brandy Maas, PTO president. The program ultimately helps get students out of the classroom.

"I think it's definitely sparking some creativity," Maas said.

COSI on Wheels, which offers hands-on science experiments covering a variety of topics for students, has been operational since 1982, said Lexi Carter, a COSI educator. The program travels throughout the state and even into some surrounding states to visit schools for $990 per day.

The program has visited all of the Dublin City School District's elementary schools over the years with a wide variety of topics, said Doug Baker, school district spokesman.