Halloween STEAM at Herricks Middle School

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Herricks Middle School sixth-graders took on a candy corn tower challenge as one of the Halloween STEAM activities. (Photos courtesy of Herricks Public Schools)

Herricks Middle School sixth-graders used their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics skills to successfully execute various tricks using Halloween treats. During an after-school workshop on Oct. 30, participants filled the cafeteria for a series of collaborative and creative activities.

Teachers Josephine Bruno, Matt Cammata and Malori Steinhaur presented a series of hands-on challenges. With the assistance of seventh- and eighth-grade volunteers, they provided each group with materials and instructions for the various projects. Through brainstorming, planning, trial and error and problem-solving, students constructed candy corn towers, candy launch devices and bone bridges.

With each step, students strategized the best ways to make their structures functional and sturdy. They utilized approaches that they have learned through STEAM lessons and assignments in the classroom.

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