Spooky Science

UConn 4-H hosts Spooky Science activities at Community Event In Griswold

More than 100 kids and their families stopped by the UConn 4-H booth at the Spooktopia day at Veterans Memorial Park in Griswold, CT on Saturday, October 26th to learn a bit of Spooky Science from 4-H STEM educator Marc Cournoyer.  Dressed as a mad scientist for this Halloween event, Cournoyer led kids in activities including making their very own scary noise makers, checking out how a homemade lava lamp works, and taking part in a density test experiment using different household liquids like molasses, corn syrup, water and vegetable oil.

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Everyone especially enjoyed making the noise-makers which uses a plastic cup, yarn and a wet paper towel to simulate a creaky door in a haunted house.  Participants had an opportunity to make their very own noise maker that they could then take with them.  This activity and the other experiments allowed the children to look at science in a fun way by exploring these holiday themed activities.

Marc was also assisted by Jim and Gail McCloud, two volunteer 4-H leaders from New London County.

Along with the science activities, this event also served as an opportunity to promote the 4-H program in Windham and New London Counties. Children who stopped by the booth each received a pencil with the Windham County 4-H Facebook page address and parents were given CT 4-H brochures.  Cournoyer also donated 225 Windham County 4-H trick or treat bags that were used for the trunk or treat event that was held later in the evening.