Spooktacular STEM Activities & Apps for Halloween!

“As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past … as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal.”- Gretchen Owocki

Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls’ Day and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) are around the corner. It’s the season where all are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and dress up! This is also a good time to spice up your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum with monsters, creatures, the spooky, and the unknown. Below are recommended spooktacular STEM activities and resources to get you started.

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Activities and Resources

  • Produce a class zombie movie or scene!
    • Students can create a movie version of this free zombie graphic novel created by the Center for Disease Control, which teaches learners emergency preparedness for a pandemic.
    • Use 3D printers to create cool props, scenes, and effects.
    • Students can make the actors and movie come alive by making fake blood, slime, and potions. Check out Science Bob’s site for recipes and to learn about the science involved.
    • Students add cool augmented reality effects to their movies with free apps like Quo Movie FX, Creature FX, and Action Movie FX. Discover more video tools and apps here.
  • Students can design and make costumes for themselves or for the class zombie movie. Students learn about measurements, chemical reactions, states of matter, and use various tools or technology.
    • This can be part of a makerspace activity.
    • Get students to use a 3D printer to design really cool gadgets and accessories for their costumes.
  • Get students to create a virtual haunted area on Minecraft or a spooky virtual reality experience with CoSpaces.
  • Students can create magic potions or spells and learn science and math.
    • I have created a pair activity you can copy and edit here.
    • As a class create a magic potion and the chant to go with it. Your students can learn about measuring ingredients, counting, chemical reactions, and more.
    • Bring a cauldron and add dry ice to make the mix bubble. Find more science recipes here! Students can add gummy worms or bugs to the potion for fun.
    • Student should add a line to the chant and an instruction. Find examples here.
    • Check out the spellbook template on Boggles World.
  • Students can play games with spooky creatures!
  • Students can create games with spooky creatures! Try Hopscotch (students learn coding), TinyTap (iOS/Android), or Scratch MIT.
  • Try the Halloween Origami Android app to motivate students to craft their own Halloween creatures. Origami is a great way to introduce engineering and construction skills.
  • Try the STEM Hollywood lesson plans, to get learners to use science, math, and technology to investigate a haunting or survive a zombie apocalypse.
  • Also check out Buncee, the digital poster and presentation web tool and app, which has a library of cool Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and Fall stickers and clip art. Students can create trick or treat safety posters.

Challenge: Teach STEM with any of these ideas.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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