|“I WAAANT TO DRINNNK YOUR BLOOOOOD”|
By Debby Venable
Oklahoma STEM Ambassador
Sometimes being able to include STEM activities into your afterschool program is easily accomplished by just considering your audience and the time of year that you want to study a particular subject. Take Halloween for instance, it is the time of year that I love to study the human body and in particular, the skin and blood. It is a great “hook” to get kids interested in science amidst the ghoulish backdrop of Halloween.
I would like to share two edible experiments that will have your students “engrossed” in body parts and begging for more. The first experiment is studying the layers of the skin by creating an edible model of the skin. So much for just biting your fingernails, when you can eat the skin instead.
Edible Model of Skin
Another sure fire hit as you teach these units during Halloween time, is the study of the blood. “I want to drink your blood” is uttered by every scary Halloween character for as long as I can remember. I do remember being scared by these odd creatures and not thinking about how important our blood is to being alive. That is why my kids love studying about blood, not only how important it is to us, but also how some insects must have the blood of others to survive. That is why I have included a recipe for drinkable blood that can be used to study a variety of subjects. Still I like to use this around a Halloween theme. Do with as you like…… it is still a “blood curling” experience.
Have an “engrossing” time as you study two components of the human body with a little spice of Halloween mixed in.