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Science Gets Spooky at Smith

The science department from Phalen Leadership Academies at Smith Middle School hosted a Spooky Science Night featuring Halloween themed experiments and activities. Activities were set up in rooms based on the streamlined science TEKS. 

In one are students experimented with density and buoyancy of fluids by creating glow-in- the-dark Lava lamps using oil, water and salt. 

The seventh-grade team provided a dichotomous activity where they used a key to identify several characteristics to accurately name some creepy cupcakes. “This is similar to how scientists identify unknown organisms and discover new species,” said teacher Asia Reliford.

Scholars also competed in an escape room where they were required to work as teams, moving through different science stations and decoding a special message before time ran out. "It was fun and the games were hard, but we figured them out,” said sixth-grader Anyja Walker. 

“We had a great turnout and parents were actively engaged with their scholars,” said Reliford. “It was an opportunity to bring families and the community together to experience hands on learning from our team and have fun with science.”