Halloween at school has changed a lot since I was a child. Many places have moved away from traditional celebrations full of scary games and sugary treats. If you are looking for alternative ways to celebrate Halloween, these Halloween STEM challenges will do the trick! Grab yourself a treat too at the end of this post.
I have created three spook-tacular Halloween STEM challenges for you to do with your class that are so much fun they won’t even miss the sweets! Get your students designing and building a haunted house, a snake roller coaster, or a spider web.
HAUNTED HOUSE HALLOWEEN STEM CHALLENGE
The first of these Halloween STEM challenges is the Haunted House STEM challenge. Challenge your students to design and build a haunted house out of a tissue box, cardboard, toilet roll tubes, and paint.
This challenge will surely capture your students’ attention since interest in haunted houses has been present for many, many years now. In fact, about 1,200 haunted attractions are operating in the United States alone — proof that interest in houses and buildings with cold spots, creaking noises, and ghostly presence is alive and kicking.
SNAKE ROLLER COASTER HALLOWEEN STEM CHALLENGE
The second of these Halloween STEM challenges that I would like to share with you is the Snake Roller Coaster STEM Challenge. Challenge your students to design and build a free-standing snake roller coaster out of tissue boxes, paper plates, toilet roll tubes, ping pong ball, and tape.
Students will not only have fun doing this challenge, it can also be a great springboard activity for a discussion on forces and energy that govern roller coasters in general.
SPIDERWEB HALLOWEEN STEM CHALLENGE
The last STEM of these Halloween STEM challenges that I have for you is the Spiderweb Halloween STEM Challenge. Challenge your students to design and build a spiderweb out of skewers, paint, tape, and yarn.
This activity will give you and your students an opportunity to talk about what spiderwebs are, how they are made, and what purpose they serve. It will be great if you can also find spiderwebs around the school or your area so students can either observe spiderwebs before they begin the challenge or compare and contrast their work with real ones after the challenge.
All three Halloween STEM challenges can be done on one day with parent volunteers or team up with your grade level and have a Halloween Centers Day! Alternately, you can chose one, or more, and spread them out across several days. You and your students will surely have a great time!
FREE STEM SUPPLIES LIST
To help make your lesson planning easier, especially if you’re new to STEM teaching, I’d love for you to have a copy of my STEM Supplies List for FREE! This list contains all the materials that my students and I collected or brought to school to do all the Halloween STEM challenges above and to make sure we have all the resources we need to make STEM learning fun for the whole year! Just head to my blog and sign up to gain immediate access to my Free Resource Library and get this list plus many other resources (like this one) for FREE. See you there!
– Jewel Pastor of Jewel’s School Gems
This post on Halloween STEM Challenges originally appeared at Jewel’s School Gems.