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Trick-or-treat!

Halloween and science event taking place at Grenfell Campus

By Melanie Callahan

Trick-or-treating is taking on a whole new meaning at Grenfell Campus.

Grenfell’s School of Science and the Environment and Let’s Talk Science volunteers will offer children a fun afternoon of cool science activities and candy treats on Oct. 29 — just in time for Halloween.

Station to station

While on campus, children aged 6-12 and their parents/guardians will be invited to “trick-or-treat” among science stations. At each station they will participate in a short, hands-on science activity and receive candy. There will also be a Chemistry Witches show, and a costume parade and contest.

Trick-or-treaters taking in some science with their candy.
Trick-or-treaters taking in some science with their candy.
Photo: Submitted

“This event is about making science fun, interesting and accessible to children,” said co-organizer Dr. Erin Fraser, a faculty member in Biology. “It’s also an opportunity to showcase the wide range of scientific disciplines and research happening at Grenfell Campus.”

Some of the station activities include building a carnivorous plant, making visitors’ hair stand on end, using a secret code, searching for owls, examining illusions and learning mathematical “magic” tricks.

Costumes and telescopes at Grenfell Campus.
Costumes and telescopes at Grenfell Campus.
Photo: Lori Lee Hollett

Free event

“We were thrilled with the turnout when we held this event in 2014,” said co-organizer Dr. Rebecca Milley, a faculty member in Mathematics. “This time we’ve spread out over the whole building, so there will be plenty of space for kids to explore all the great stations.”

The free, drop-in event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1-4 p.m. in the Arts and Science Extension atrium at Grenfell Campus. All are welcome, and costumes are encouraged.


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