Lori Kenny likes her classroom to be a fun place for students, but the Huntington High School science teacher wants them to learn a lot, too. So the veteran educator developed something special for Halloween Day.
“I wanted to incorporate the joy of the day with my love for science and share that with my students,” Ms. Kenny said. “I created a STEM activity that was arranged around six stations of exploration and skill development.”
The first station had students extract pigments from a leaf using a chemical filtration method while station two compared it to the physical extraction using leaf imprints. “Both helped us explore our current content of photosynthesis,” Mrs. Kenny said.
The third station focused on the diffusion of Pumpkin Peeps using common household kitchen chemicals. Station No. 4 looked at the anatomy of a hand to understand its structure through colored frozen hands with spooky items. Students then developed the best way to operate on the hand to remove unforeseen issues with anatomy.
The fifth station focused on a human body systems preview unit by building towers with toothpicks and gumdrops to explore the design of different animal body structures.
“The last station centered on the lung capacity of students during spider races with straws,” Mrs. Kenny said. “Students had to compete to determine who had the best lung capacity.”
The activities were all tied to the Next Generation Science Standards and looked at what students claimed they learned supported by their evidence and reasoning.
“It was a complete blast, filled with some spooky music to top it off for a great time,” Mrs. Kenny said.