Halloween sparked creativity and ingenuity at Martin Avenue Elementary School, with students enjoying STEAM activities centered around the end-of-October holiday.
Third graders worked in teams and used limited supplies to build different Halloween creations. Each group was assigned a different object to create, such as a 3D pumpkin, a flying bat, a haunted house, a skeleton and a spider web with a spider and its prey. The materials students had to work with included aluminum foil, construction paper, cotton swabs, dental floss and toothpicks, along with glue and tape.
They also got to work with some new partners, as groups were mixed and matched with students from Danielle Kalinowski, Audra McCormack and Judy Wakie’s classes. Collaboration and communication were key to successful projects.
In Rachel Graber’s class, sixth graders had to construct a pumpkin stand. Their supplies included cardstock, cups, index cards, masking tapes and wooden sticks. Each item had a price, so the goal was to build the strongest stand with the smallest budget. After the young engineers completed their projects, the class gathered around a desk as Ms. Graber placed a pumpkin on each stand to see how it held up.