For over 20 years, Idaho State University has provided a haunted science lab for the community. This lab offers a Halloween twist on physics.
The lab is set up by the ISU Department of Physics and the Kiwanis Club of Pocatello.
“We’ve tried to do a lot of the exhibits to have as many subjects as state science standards as possible in a sort of Halloween theme, so if anything we can kind of put a Halloween twist on it and using it to teach science is what I’m trying to do here,” said Steve Shropshire, a professor in the physics department at Idaho State University.
The haunted science lab features a Van De Graaff generator, lasers, and multiple educational and interactive science activities designed to delight, scare, and educate kids of all ages.
Some exhibits even use the same principles as Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion – except these phenomena are explained.
“I really like sharing the science with people, and frankly, the physics are really cool and it’s a great opportunity to teach kids that they’re really in the spirit of Halloween and show them some kind of of science that involves a lot of illusions and a lot of stuff that might sound scary,” Shropshire said.
For the past 12 years, the Kiwanis Club of Pocatello has helped with this lab.
The Kiwanis club is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and it is only one of the few projects in which they participate in the community.
“Grades in science, math and English have dropped over the past two years. We hope, we put them on every year, but we hope it will invigorate the children and start to get them more interested in subjects at school that will help them improve their academic qualifications,” said Don Wyckoff, the president of Pocatello. Kiwanis Club.
Shropshire hopes students will get something from this lab…
“A positive experience with science. And maybe learn a few things about the basics. To see some of the things that they’ve read in their books because everything we’re talking about here we’re trying to illustrate is within state science standards, but presented in a different way, like some sort of vacation fun.
If you want to visit the haunted science lab, this Saturday is your chance.
It will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bannock County Event Center, Building B, just north of the Pocatello Downs Grandstand.
Tickets are cash only and can be purchased at the door. The cost is $3 per person or $7 per family. All proceeds from the lab go to Kiwanis-supported charities that benefit children in Southeast Idaho.