NORTH CANTON Hoover High School’s Science Department held a Spooky Science Night on Oct. 30 for students 11-years-old or younger accompanied by an adult. The event was held at Hoover High School and all of the kids were encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume.
The elementary kids made their way through 15 science exhibits and topped the night off with spooky snacks made by the Hoover High School Culinary program. The families were asked to bring one canned food item as a donation to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
A short list of the exhibits included Monster Microscopes, Positively Polymers, The Viking Petting Zoo, Slime Time, The Creepy Cold Room, Crazy Clawbots and Jazzy Jack-O-Lanterns. Most of the exhibits were run by Hoover High School students with a few run by The Amazing Akronauts from the University of Akron and the Creepy Critters exhibit from the William McKinley Library and Museum.
Hoover science teacher Sarah Jackson said the school holds the event every few years.
"The purpose is to get the younger kids interested in science by engaging them in the interactive exhibits," Jackson said.
High school students from the Leadership Club, Chemistry Club, Biology Club and students from the Petting Zoo were involved with planning and manning the exhibits and demonstrations.
"This is the biggest Spooky Science Night we’ve had," Chemistry teacher Steve Wood said. "We have groups from the University of Akron, the William McKinley Museum and the SAM (Serving Area Military) Center from the Stark ESC (Educational Service Center)."
The robotics team and Women in Engineering were two groups who were holding interactive exhibits. Engineering teacher Lauren Maxwell said members of the robotics team were helping the young kids use remote controls to direct one of the claw bots built by the robotics students.
"The Fab Lab room has the robotics team on one side and the Women in Engineering on the other side," Maxwell said. "While the kids are waiting to try the remote-controlled claw bots, they can go to the other side of the room to assemble a pumpkin kit. The pumpkins and all of the parts for the face of the pumpkin were made earlier by members of The Women in Engineering club using the laser engraver."
The event was sponsored by the East Central Ohio Education Association and the North Canton Education Association.