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Gift Giving Made Easy

The season of giving is upon us, so  I know you are wondering who you can turn to when looking for the perfect gift for your little scientists, right?   Steve Spangler Science, of course!  And who better to answer all of your questions about what kits will work best for your budding professor, than your friendly Customer Service Team? Um.. no one!

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Steve Spangler Science has tons of great options for gift giving this season!

Steve Spangler Science has made it even easier to shop for the holidays on our website, and we’ve added some great new products just in time for big seasonal shopping.  Simply click the Products tab on the black bar at the top of the page to find our Holiday category.   Under this section you’ll not only be able to search for gifts by age, but you can also check out our selection of Stocking Stuffers, and this year’s Top 12 Toys!

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The newest edition to Steve Spangler Science was the highly anticipated launch of our Spangler Science Club!  This subscription program is perfect for the children, parents, teachers and even yourself.

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Spangler Science Club

Spangler Science Club provides a box packed with new experiments that are delivered to your door each month.   The best part of the Spangler Science Club is that you can tailor it to your budget!  If your pocket book is tight this season, you can start with a month to month subscription.   But you will gain the most value if your budget can stretch to purchase the 12 month subscription (up to $5 savings each month, per kit!)

20141016_Spangler_Science_Club_05.3If you’re a one and done kind of gift giver, we have a huge selection  for you too!  Our Customer Service Team has complied a few ideas for giving to both the individual child, as well as some for a family to share.

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Six Test Tube Experiments in a Rack  (Item#WTTC-200)

Customer Service Team picks for giving to the Individual Child

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Sick Science Simple Circuits ( Item #WSKS-123)

 Customer Service picks for giving to a Family

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Pop Top Rockets (Item #WPTR-500)

 

Customer Service picks for giving to your Teacher

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Baby Soda Bottles Test Tubes & Rack (Item# WBSB-500)

 

If there are just too many options and you simply can’t decide, the best choice would be to give the gift of shopping! A Steve Spangler Science Gift Certificate will always fit perfectly, and is an amazing gift for that special educator, parent or child.  Plus, the customizable amounts allow you to give great gifts without breaking your wallet.

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If you need more information on any of our products, please call our Customer Service Team at (800) 223-9080, or leave a comment below and we would be happy to help you out.

Happy Shopping!!!

Until Next Year, Polymer Body Parts

Halloween is over and it’s time to put away the polymer body parts, but first, let’s compare what they look like at the end of October with what they looked like at the beginning of October.

Each polymer body part is about two inches long.
Each polymer body part is about two inches long.
Each body part is between 4 and 7 inches long!
Each body part is between 4 and 7 inches long!

Watching a polymer grow is always fun;  with some polymers, the transformation is instant, and with others, the change takes a little more time, but never very much time.  With the dismembered body parts, watching the transformation is like watching the hour hand on a clock; it never seems to move while you’re looking at it, but when you look away and then look again, there’s been movement.

Now Halloween is over and the body parts are drying out.  They didn’t grow in a day and they won’t shrink back in a day, but once they seem dry, I’ll put them back into their jar and put the jar back in the laundry room until NEXT October.

One more time, look really closely at how big they got.

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Until next October then, dismembered body parts.  (Polymers last pretty much forever, you know.)

 

Jane GoodwinJane Goodwin is a professor of expository writing at Ivy Tech Community College, a hands-on science teacher for College for Kids, a professional speaker and writer, and a social media liaison  for Steve Spangler Science.  She wanted to be a ballerina and an astronaut, but gravity got the better of her.

Dismembered Body Parts: Day 31

Check out our dismembered body parts now!  Skipped a few days, do you think?  I got busy playing with other polymers with my students – pictures to follow.

When last we left our dismembered body parts, the hypothesis was that the polymer hand, foot, brain, nose, ear, and hungry alligator would eventually grow so large that they would push off the lid of the jar.  As you can see, that’s exactly what happened.

Check out the jar's lid.  It's being pushed out of the way by those giant still-growing polymer body parts!
Check out the jar’s lid. It’s being pushed out of the way by those giant still-growing polymer body parts!

Actually, as the jar seems to be completely full of dismembered body parts, I don’t think there’s any place for them to grow and go except up and out.

Quite a contrast to the tiny body parts that didn’t even cover the bottom of the jar a few weeks ago, huh.

That’s how polymers work – just add a little water and they morph into giant things that astound us.  Polymers are so cool.

Stay tuned for details on size.  I’ll need TWO rulers this time.

Dismembered Body Parts: Day 9

I’ve missed a few days since Day One, but the point remains that our hydrogel polymer dismembered body parts just keep on growing.  Kind of as if they were real. . . .

I need to add more water!
I need to add more water! The dismembered body parts need room to grow!

Remember how tiny each of these dismembered pieces used to be? Two inches, and all of them together not covering the bottom of the big jar, and now? Pretty soon they’ll be outgrowing the jar! I wonder if they’ll push the lid off. . . Well, we’ll have to wait and see.

Hypothesis: If the jar’s lid is not screwed on tightly, the hydrogel polymer dismembered body parts will push the lid off and completely outgrow this jar.

Therefore, I’ll unscrew the lid, add more water, and set the lid back on loosely.

And now we wait.

 

Jane GoodwinJane Goodwin is a professor of expository writing at Ivy Tech Community College, a hands-on science teacher for College for Kids, a professional speaker and writer, and a social media liaison  for Steve Spangler Science.  She wanted to be a ballerina and an astronaut, but gravity got the better of her.

Dismembered Body Parts: Day Five

Dismembered body parts: day five?  What happened to Day Four?

Sorry about day four.  I went to a Renaissance Faire dressed like Minerva McGonagall.  Any questions?

Moving right along to Day Five, the polymer body parts have almost filled the jar.  All but two of them are still floating, but one of the noses is on the bottom of the jar.  Do you know why?

That nose didn't stand a chance against the alligator!
That nose didn’t stand a chance against the alligator!

The alligator is pushing the nose down to the bottom of the jar, that’s why. The nose WANTS to float, along with its friends the brain, the hand, the ear, and the rest of the gang, but when you’re just a nose and an alligator is pushing you around, the alligator is going to win.

Oh, and the cat is still wondering what on earth has happened to her tabletop naptime spot.  You can almost hear her thinking, “What is all this scary stuff doing on my nappy spot?”  Several times a day, she pushes everything around to make a space for her nap.

Okay, YOU try to move her.

Photobombed by a big black cat.
Photobombed by a big black cat.

 

Jane GoodwinJane Goodwin is a professor of expository writing at Ivy Tech Community College, a hands-on science teacher for College for Kids, a professional speaker and writer, and a social media liaison  for Steve Spangler Science.  She wanted to be a ballerina and an astronaut, but gravity got the better of her.