Halloween Science

Halloween is right around the corner, and with all the cool/fun things going on, kids may forget about the cool/fun things they learn about in school. The best way to reiterate what’s going on in school is to combine STEM and Halloween! Do these awesome STEM Halloween activities to get your kids excited about Halloween AND school!


Glowing Pumpkins

Glow in the dark jack o’ lanterns are super cool!

For this experiment, you will need to purchase Glow Powder to add to your pumpkins, but the students will learn all about illumination.

What you need to do for this experiment is simple – make your pumpkin and add adhesive and glow powder!

Afterwards, your students will be able to connect fluorescence and phosphorescence to the activity they just completed!

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Oozing Pumpkin 

Make oozing pumpkins with your students to teach them about chemical reactions!

These pumpkins are jack o’ lanterns that have foam oozing out of their mouths, eyes, and noses through the use of easy household ingredients.

The reaction of hydrogen peroxide and a yeast mixture causes the foam to form. The yeast acts as a catalyst which speeds up the reaction. Students will learn all about reactions and catalysts through this cool experiment!

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The Screaming Cup

Make a Screaming Cup with your students. Students will learn about sound transmission through vibrations. The materials used for this experiment are simple: a plastic cup, a piece of string, and violin rosin!

The procedure is also simple – cut a hole in the cup, thread the string in and tie it, and wet the string with violin rosin. When you rub your fingers along the string, there will be a screaming noise!

Students will learn that the vibration from your fingers causes the amplification of the sound inside the cup which causes the screaming sound!

Not only will they learn about sound and vibrations, they will also be able to relate it to Halloween!

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We hope you and your family have a great and safe Halloween! Don’t forget to do these cool STEM activities and learn something new along with the festivities!

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Upcoming Events

It’s always busy in the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, but it’s also always exciting! We have some awesome events happening soon; below you’ll find descriptions of whats coming up!


TEDxSMUWomen 2016 is on October 27, 2016 at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center at SMU in Dallas, TX. TEDxSMUWomen is a full day conference that consists of networking, discussions, workshops, and live, local speakers!


TedxKids@SMU: Illuminate is on November 11, 2016 at The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum. TEDxKids@SMU is a TED-style conference for middle school students that focuses on passion and ideas. 7-9 speakers will share their ideas, and in between sessions, students will be able to interact with speakers and each other! Students who attend are required to complete a service project.


TEDxSMU After Dark  is also on November 11, but this event is at 6 p.m.! TEDxSMU After Dark is a casual, fun night with food and drinks, speakers, and live music!


TEDxSMU 2016: Illuminate is on November 12 at The Bomb Factory! There are two sessions of TEDxTalks from local and national speakers! In between sessions, attendees get to talk to speakers and each other, and they also get to participate in interactive exhibits and discussions.


February 18, 2017 is Visioneering 2017! Visioneering is a half-day event for middle school students! Students from all over North Texas come to SMU and participate in an engineering design challenge to learn all about problem solving and engineering!


Another event a little later in February is the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair. This event will take place on February 25, 2017, and it will consist of just what it sounds like – a science and engineering fair! Students will bring their projects to showcase them in hopes of advancing to the next round!


All of these events are so cool and a ton of fun! We have a busy (and super exciting) year ahead, and we hope to see you at our events!