Escape from Dr. Ella Mental's Laboratory!
Treats and Treats, Carnival Food and Games
Albany High School
603 Key Route Blvd.
Albany, CA 94706
Saturday Oct. 25, 2014
12 pm - 5 pm: all ages
5 pm - 8 pm: recommended 12+
In August 2014, a group of us from the Lawrence Hall of Science and UC Berkeley won a grant from the Bay Area Inspire Awards to create a community-built haunted house. Titled "Escape from Dr. Ella Mental's Laboratory," this Haunted House will celebrate the efforts of scientists, engineers, and designers creating something for the whole community to enjoy and learn from in a collaborative environment. Families walking through the Haunted House will first be able to enjoy the spooky exhibition. Then, in the Behind the Scenes section, they can explore the science behind the exhibits through hands-on activities and take-home projects.
The 250 elementary and middle school students, 70 high school students, and 100 undergraduate students who assist in building this haunted house will gain experience working on this huge engineering project and feel pride in explaining the science behind their creations. This experience will help families see science and engineering come alive outside of the classroom, inspiring young people to see that STEM is both fun and accessible regardless of one’s socioeconomic background, propelling them to become budding scientists and engineers themselves.
Once the funds were secured, we partnered with Albany High School to host this Haunted House as a fundraiser and the Town of Terror was born.