Halloween is one of my favorite days of the school year. Even though we don’t have an official parade or party, like elementary and middle schools, Marin Academy’s teachers and students still manage to put on a great show. And we grow our own pumpkins in the garden!
For the last few years, members of the science department have shared some special exhibits and demonstrations that, while maybe not so scary, are interesting, surprising and fun. Mark Stefanski did experiments with dry ice, creating some spooky and explosive concoctions.
Nicole Jensen brought out lizards and spiders—some alive, and some deceased, but not haunted. Spud even dressed up for the occasion.
Ellie Beyers used liquid nitrogen to create frozen spheres of ice by freezing water balloons. Frozen bananas and oranges followed.
Some of our talented students built a Tesla coil and produced electricity! While essential to life as we know it, there was a time when electricity was a frightening concept to many people—so this fits the Halloween theme.
For the grand finale, John Hicks and Jon Bretan warmed liquid nitrogen in a plastic bottle. Everyone stood safely away…but were still surprised by how loud the sound was.
What a great way to celebrate the spectacular and unusual on Halloween!
To see the full set of more than 40 photos, view the album on MA’s Facebook page. Thanks to Molly DeCoudreaux for documenting yesterday’s events! And thanks to our Marin Academy Parents Association (MAPA) volunteers for bringing our students treats!