Science in the Rockies Teacher Training Now Aligned to Next Gen and Common Core

As many of you know, the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards were just released in early April. Over the past few weeks, our team has been working feverishly to align Steve Spangler's hands-on science curriculum from Science in the Rockies with these newly released standards. In addition to the science standards, we know that many of you are looking for [...]

ASTC 2011 – My Newest Favorite Science Conference

Where do science museums get all of their great ideas for exhibits, live demo shows and everything else that makes us say, "How did they do that?" The secret is ASTC… and I experienced the magic of ASTC this past weekend in Baltimore, Maryland. ASTC is the Association of Science-Technology Centers and their annual conference is nothing short of a meeting of [...]

HerWorld Conference Encourages Young Women in Science and Technology

I was invited to speak at this year's HerWorld 2010 Conference put on by DeVry University in Denver. HerWorld is a conference for high school junior and senior young women interested in science and technology. It supports STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and exposes students to career opportunities in those fields. They participate in games, hands-on projects like building robots [...]

Spangler Uses Cool Science Demos at NAEYC Conference to Share His Passion for Teaching Science

Contributed by Guest Blogger, Nancy Leemer I remember coming to the NAEYC Conference years ago and watching Steve Spangler present his hands-on science activities to a room of 50 or so early childhood educators, but those days are long gone. That intimate workshop experience in the past has given way to a ballroom packed with a few thousand teachers who are wondering [...]

I Survived the Bed of Nails T-Shirt

Over 750 people experienced the Bed of Nails demo at our booth at NAEYC this year... and some of the really excited people took home the t-shirt. Do you think the holes in the back are too much? No way... especially if you have a specially rigged shirt that springs a leak. Thanks to Brian Firooz for wearing the leaking shirt and [...]

Experiment Revealed – Bed of Nails

Have you guessed what our surprise experiment might be yet? Let me give you one more clue... it just arrived at NAEYC - forklift and all - and it has 4,500 sharp nails, all staring up at us, waiting for the first victim... um, guest of the day. Just in case you still don't know, here's a picture to help you [...]

Who Needs Hands-on Science When You Can Have Bodies on Science

We're calling it a full body on science experience with our Bed of Nails demo at the NAEYC annual conference in Washington D.C. Teachers from all over the country (actually the world) come to NAEYC to learn the latest strategies and methods to get children excited and motivated to learn... especially when it comes to science. Our science island (as it [...]

Reach Them to Teach Them 2009 – Motivating Teachers to Achieve Peak Performance

If you've ever taught a day in your life, you know that the job is both rewarding and exhausting. In an effort to keep our students inspired and motivated to want to learn, sometimes we forget to recharge our own teaching batteries. Amy Crawford is an amazing elementary teacher based out of Knoxville, Tennessee who understands the need for teachers to [...]