2016 “Spooky Science” at Benedictine College Canceled

“Spooky Science” at Benedictine College CANCELED

Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Periodic Table of CupcakesBenedictine College’s “Spooky Science Fun Bash” for children is CANCELED for Friday, October 21, due to chemical leak at an Atchison factory that led to the cancellation of classes and the evacuation of campus this morning.

What follows is a description of the event written before it was canceled.

The program takes place on all floors of Westerman Hall, the science and engineering building, on the college's Atchison, Kan., campus. Students and faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Engineering, Nursing, Physics and Psychological Sciences are offering this free event to bring some fun science displays to area youth. There is also plenty of free parking in the main lot on top of the bluff.

There will be numerous displays and demonstrations in the hallways, classrooms and labs of Westerman Hall, including The Ghost of Einstein, a pumpkin pendulum, a Haunted Chemistry Lab and much more.  The evening also includes face painting, mask making, skeletons and skulls, beanbag zombies and plenty of popcorn, cupcakes and candy.

Dr. Terry Malloy, chair of the Biology Department, explained that the Ghost of Einstein is a concave mask of the late scientist that appears to be 3-D and turns to follow the viewer’s movement. The Haunted Chemistry Lab includes dry ice demonstrations, colored fire and a “screaming” Gummy Bear.  Kids will also have the chance to see if air can lift them at a hover board exhibition.

“This is a lot of fun, but the goal is to stimulate curiosity and promote science in the broader Atchison community,” said Malloy.

Here are some of the Spooky Science displays and activities that will be available:

  • The Ghost of Einstein (is he watching you?)
  • Jacob’s Ladder (lightning on a wire)
  • Pumpkin Pendulum (will the pumpkin swing back and hit you?)
  • Hover Board (can air lift you?)
  • Carnivorous Plants (Venus Fly Trap)
  • Live Animals (snakes, tarantulas, mudpuppies, bearded dragons, geckos, tortoises, chinchillas)
  • Skeletons and Skulls (matching game)
  • Preserved Oddities (two-headed snake, two-headed pig)
  • Mystery Box (Put your hand inside and guess what organ is in the box)
  • Fishing Game (pull treats out of the mouth of a giant monster)
  • Face Painting, Mask Making
  • Popcorn, Worms in Dirt, Witch’s Brew
  • Periodic Table of Cupcakes

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.