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Show us your Science Selfie & Win a Science Kit

Gone are the days of searching for a good-willed and trustworthy  passerby to ask to take a photo of you and your friend.  (Which has greatly decreased overall camera theft! )

No more sitting still while your Grandma took your picture. Well, I guess we still have to do that..

Actually, we LOVE this photo, and are so happy this grandma (Diane Gribosky) snapped it!
Actually, we LOVE this photo, and are so happy the kids sat still while this  amazing grandma (Diane Gribosky) snapped it!

Thank you technology, for allowing us to turn the camera face around to our selves and take …YES, you know what I’m talking about… The Selfie.

It seems everywhere you look, someone it taking a Selfie.  If you look over your shoulder, the girl who sits next to you at work is probably taking a selfie right now.

Yup, see…


You find Selfies splashed on Facebook walls and Twitter feeds. They are filling up your Snap Chats, and even being sung about on your radio! Maybe, you even see them on our website?!? (Hint, Hint)

So do you embrace the trend, or run away screaming?


No. Stop that… come back here!  We  want you to embrace the selfie.  Love your selfie.

Why, you ask?  Well, because we’d like to ask a favor.

I see you hesitantly nodding in agreement… you know this will be fun!  Ok, ready for the deets?  Here is what we want you to do:

Grab your favorite Steve Spangler Science experiment.  Did you find the one that makes you smile the biggest? Good! Now, get your trusty smart phone in hand, because…


That’s right! Get colorful, get geyser soaked,  slime it up,  wear growing gators as a mustache or whatever your heart desires.  Just make sure your selfie makes you smile!

Here are some examples:

Not a selfie!
Yay! Slime Selfie!


What do you do with your Science Selfie?  That’s a great question! Send them off to us! Share them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or email them to us. Use #SpanglerSelfie so we don’t miss them.

**Our favorite four selfies will win a science kit from Steve Spangler Science.**

Don’t forget to share your thoughts on Selfies by leaving a comment below!

**Send us your selfie by August 1st. Our team of science selfie experts will choose four favorites and notify the winners by Aug. 5th. Winners will have 24 hours to respond with email, phone and address. If they fail to do so in the time frame, another winner will be chosen in their place. Kits will be sent out after Aug. 6th.









Are We Part of your Approved Vendor List?

Happy Summer, teacher friends!

I have a couple of questions for you.   I know, I know…there’s a rule about no tests during summer.  But, this test only requires a raise of an arm. No groaning, this will be fun.

Science Kits at Steve Spangler Science

Ready? Here we go!

Show of hands: Who loves shopping with Steve Spangler Science?

Yay! We love to know so many of you out there are enjoying our products.

Again, show of hands: Who loves it when their School District pays for their super fun, science experiments?

Yep, that’s EVERYONE!


We know that you are starting to prepare your list of the items needed to replenish your science supplies for next school year.  So now is the time to check and see if Steve Spangler Science is part of your Approved Vendor List.

Some of you have approached us because you found that we are not part of your approved vendor list.   This, in turn, makes you sad, because you want to spend your district’s funds with us.  (Especially now during our Christmas in July sale! Who doesn’t want to save 20% on their Instant Snow?!?)

Now, the question is… just how do you get Steve Spangler Science on your Approved Vendor List?  It’s quick and easy!



This IRS Form  is a Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.  W-9′s  are used to certify the taxpayer identification number (TIN) or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), type of taxpayer, and tax status.  These forms are sometimes all your district requires to set us up as an approved vendor.   To receive a copy of our W-9, please contact any one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-223-9080 and they would be happy to email or fax a copy over to you promptly. 

Vendor Forms

If your School District requires completion of a packet of vendor forms , don’t fret! Simply email them over to orders@stevespanglerscience and we will complete and return them to you within 48 hours.

Invitations to Bid

Bid submissions are another way that Steve Spangler Science can become a part of your approved vendor list.  Just make sure that we are notified / provided an invitation, and we will submit a legal bid to your district.  You can send notifications by mail to our office, or by email to

Are we already a part of your district’s approved vendor list? Great! Then log on now to to check out some of our new products, like our 4th of July Science Kit and 4th of July Guide!

Have more questions about how to purchase from Steve Spangler Science? Email us or leave comments below!










My Spot Dot Red Thumb – Six Years Old and Still Glowing Strong

I’ve carried my Spangler Science Spot Dot Red Thumb in my purse or briefcase for six years. I like to keep it with me because I use it. A lot.


I use it when I lecture because my students can’t keep their eyes off it and it keeps them awake. I love the looks on their faces; they’re not sure if they’re really seeing the red spot dot or not.

I am not above using it in public to mess with people’s minds.

My sister uses it when she directs her many show choirs. A choral music director with a red Spot Dot not only keeps the singers’ attention; she looks really cool. REALLY cool.

My brother is a musician and plays in several bands. (When he’s not busy being Director of Finance at a university out west, that is.) With a red Spot Dot flashing away at intervals during his bass guitar riffs, all eyes are on him and the scenario is, again, really cool.  Their drummer has one, too, and the effect is just as awesome as you might imagine.

Now, keeping the Spot Dot Red Thumb in a purse along with other things that are probably considered unconventional probably isn’t the best place for a Spot Dot to live all the time. Over the years, mine turned really dark, and it became more and more difficult to make it look like my real thumb. A few weeks ago, my classroom computer was being serviced by one of the IT guys, and I noticed that he was missing the thumb on his left hand. I also noticed that what was left of his thumb matched my Spot Dot. Perfectly.

Of course, the Spot Dot won’t work as a prosthesis, but it does create an interesting effect when the person working on your computer seems to be able to take his very natural-looking-if-you’re-from- Mars thumb off and on at will.

Oh, and he likes to make it glow and pretend he’s being electrocuted.

Never think for a moment that anything has only one kind of use. If you use your imagination, everything is game. Sometimes, things are fair game.

P.S.  Six years old and the battery was still fresh.  That’s a darn good battery life!

Steve Spangler’s Kit of the Month Club – Summer Edition Perfect for Stopping Summer Learning Loss

The staff at Steve Spangler Science has a reputation for playing and having fun at our jobs. A requirement for working here is being a kid at heart.

When the boss is a big kid himself, you have to have a playful side to survive. We work hard and play just as hard at the Spangler Labs.

Kit of the Month Summer Edition from Steve Spangler Science

This helps when we are tasked with developing new ways to make science fun and get it into the hands of teachers, parents and kids. 

To add to the solution of stopping summer learning loss and finding engaging ways to bring parents and kids together, we came up with the Kit of the Month Club – Summer Edition.

Kit of the Month Club Summer Edition from Steve Spangler Science

In June, July and August you will receive a kit designed to spark Wow! moments as you and your children become mad scientists. These kits were developed by Steve Spangler himself to include the best STEM learning activities that will keep your kids focused all summer long.

June : Mad Scientist Lab – Color Mixing
July: Science of Electricity
August: Super Solar Science

Each kit will be delivered to your door and contain at least eight STEM and science activities (including one that involves the box itself) that will keep them busy and discovering. 

The kits come with enough materials for one child, but siblings can share or work together. If you want each child to individually do each activity, multiple kits should be ordered.

Why Should I Sign Up?

  • FREE shipping!
  • 3 Months of science adventures from Steve Spangler delivered to your door
  • Perfect for children ages 6-12
  • At least 8 hands-on science activities each month
  • Easy to understand step-by-step instructions
  • Access to an exclusive video lesson from Steve Spangler
  • Learn the real science behind each amazing experiment
  • Great resource for teachers, child care professionals and science enthusiasts
  • Individual kits not available to purchase anywhere
  • Make STEM learning fun!
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee


Water Jelly Crystals Give Lesson in Transformation and Potential

water jelly crystals, potential Sometimes, our students need a little reminder that if they just wait, if they just have a little patience, wonderful things can happen. Many students don’t understand this concept unless they see a tangible example of it, and Steve Spangler’s Water Jelly Crystals are the perfect way to show them.

There is science in every subject area, and this simple experiment demonstrates to any history, English, math, health, home ec, shop, computer, yes, and science, student the very simple concept of amazing transformation, the blossoming of potential, with the addition of just one thing.

At the beginning of class, I show the students the tiny, unimpressive-looking little beads that resemble the rock salt used in winter or with homemade ice cream. What could possibly come of adding just one more thing to these hard, unattractive things?

So I put them in a clear glass bowl and add one ingredient – water. Just water.  I send a student to fill the pitcher so they’ll know it’s no trick – it really is just water.  I ask the students to let us all know if they see anything change.

Class begins as usual.

It only takes about 20 minutes for someone to stand up and say something, and that something is usually, “WOW! Look at it! Look at it, you guys!”

Because with the addition of just one simple thing, a few mundane pieces (of what looks like nothing much) have become a treasure trove of glittering jewels.

This is what education does, you see. Add one simple thing to one other simple thing and the end result is something unutterably beautiful.

It’s also a lesson in polymers, but on this particular day, it’s the transformation from blah to pirate booty that is emphasized.

It’s so simple. It’s so beautiful. And it’s a lesson that is easily understood and remembered.

I bring baggies so the students can help themselves to a handful of “gems” to take home and nourish. With education, we need to keep feeding our knowledge – that’s how things grow.

I have students who are still nurturing 6-year-old water jelly crystals on their windowsills. This makes me really, really happy.