Spooky Science Returns to Benedictine College

After a hiatus of a few years due to COVID, the traditional Spooky Science Fun Bash for kids returns to Benedictine College this fall. The event, which brings some fun science displays to area youth, is set for Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on all floors of Westerman Hall, the science and engineering building. Students and faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Engineering, Math & Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy and Psychology are participating in this free event. There is 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 things like the Ghost of Einstein, non-Newtonian fluids and much more. The evening also includes face painting, mask making, a skeletons and skulls matching game, beanbag zombies and plenty of popcorn, cupcakes and candy. Please keep in mind that an adult must accompany all minors at all times.

Non-Newtonian FluidDr. 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 non-Newtonian fluid demonstration shows how a fluid can disregard Newton’s Law of Viscosity and act more like a solid. Common non-Newtonian fluids are toothpaste, yogurt and ketchup.

“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 Fun Bash displays and activities that will be available:

  • The Ghost of Einstein (is he watching you?)
  • Jacob’s Ladder (lightning on a wire)
  • Carnivorous Plants (Venus Fly Trap, beanbag toss)
  • Live Animals (snakes, mudpuppies, bearded dragons, tortoises)
  • 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)
  • Face Painting, Mask Making
  • Popcorn, Worms in Dirt, Witch’s Brew
  • Rubin’s Tube (tunes with a flare)
  • The science of fear (what will you do when the creatures come for you?)
  • Coriolis ball toss
  • Non-Newtonian fluid (is it a fluid, or a solid?)
  • Games of strategy (who will walk away with the most candy?)

Benedictine College

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 honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and 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. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.