Students at Crestview Elementary used creativity to solve a Halloween dilemma that is common across the South Plains.
The city of Lubbock is notorious for its unpredictable weather. Halloween had a record low of just 20 degrees in 1991 and record high of 88 degrees in 1934. Costumes and treat bags are purchased weeks in advance and weather patterns can change quickly.
With this debacle in mind, students at Crestview were tasked with creating a prototype of a costume or treat bag suitable for any weather that comes their way during trick-or-treating.
Students devised costumes with internal heating and cooling systems, adjustable sleeves and hemlines, and various materials used for temperature control. The treat bags designed during the project were heated, cooled, vacuum sealed, and more.
“My favorite part of this project was building my prototype to see if the costume would work in real life,” explained 5th grader Hana Hutchison.
The hands-on Halloween project was created in one of Crestview’s new Innovation Labs. Opened this year, the Innovation Labs are used to give students the chance to explore different aspects of education.
“The innovation labs are designed to give students a more collaborative and hands-on approach to learning while reinforcing TEKS standards,” explained Media Specialist and Innovation Lab instructor Denise Salmon.
Students will continue to explore engaging projects in the Innovation Labs, concluding with a Shark Tank-style presentation of their inventions at the end of the school year.