Steve Spangler is known for creating amazing hands-on science experiences for kids. Whether it involves kits, toys, or incredible experiments, kids leave an experience with Steve feeling like science magicians.
Over the last decade and change, Steve has also spent one afternoon a week making adults feel like science magicians on Denver’s local NBC affiliate, 9News – KUSA. News anchors, meteorologists… you name it, if they’ve worked in the 9News studio, they’ve experienced the hands-on hi-jinx that follows Steve wherever he goes. That’s what defines Steve Spangler on 9News.
If you want a small sample of Steve on 9News, check out this video for a look back at the segments that made Steve popular.
May 22, 2015 marks a special milestone for Steve – his 1000th 9News appearance. That’s 1000 times that Steve has brought fun science, incredible young scientists, or crazy experiences to televisions all around Denver and the region.
Steve’s 1000th appearance was always going to be special, but the presence of his entire family made it even more so. Give it a watch here.
We also put together an album of our favorite #SteveMoments over on our Flickr, so give that a look, as well.
Let’s get something straight: I possess a Y-chromosome and am a male.
This single distinguishing factor, splitting our species in two since “a long time ago” was the present, means different things to different people. To the “funny” side of the internet, this means I’m frustratingly clueless. Car insurance agencies view me as more hazardous behind the wheel (until I’m 26). Science views me as a better potential scientist.
Wait… is that true? It definitely is true for the horse mask, but what about science?
In the last few weeks, news sites have found an inundation of headlines populated with words like “science,” “women,” and “first.” It’s a breath of fresh, feminine air that will hopefully pave the way for even more breakthroughs being credited to women scientists, women-led teams, and more women in science, period.
Take an August 12th, 2014 example of Maryam Mirzakhani winning math’s top prize, a Fields Medal, becoming the award’s first female winner. This is awesome for two reasons: it’s an enormous accomplishment for a woman who has dedicated her life to a field, and for many people (like me), it will have been the first time we’ve heard about the Fields Medal. So now we all know being a mathematician isn’t a thankless job, and we know that girls can math, too.
But, haven’t girls always been able to add, subtract, divide, FOIL, etc. just as well as boys? Of course they have! It isn’t news that girls are just as intelligent as boys, so why is it a big deal when women do things in male dominated fields? There you have it. They are still male dominated fields. There just isn’t enough women in science, yet!
From the first time you choose classes in high school until you become “Doctor,” you’re more likely to find yourself in a Water Buffalo Lodge than a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. (Yay, terrible references!)
From the outside, it’s easy to explain away the lack of ladies in the lab. Perhaps girls are just less interested in science, right? That’s a perfectly reasonable possibility. It doesn’t fit with gender roles, either, if we want to go completely antiquated. What else could it be?
Christie Aschwanden recently wrote a shocking piece for The New York Times revealing just how much of a “boys’ club” science really is, and it’s not a good thing. Harassment is a very real problem within the scientific ranks, especially towards the top of the ladder. So, here at the base of the ladder, the bottom rungs, what are we supposed to do?
As a parent of two little boys, it’s admittedly difficult to teach lessons in gender equality. The notions of inequality are so engrained into culture that they inherit the “man, powerful” mentality just from walking around, turning on Netflix, or going to school. The best that we can do is teach them that every one, regardless of any trait, deserves the same respect.
Kudos to LEGO for creating female scientists. It’s awesome what Maryam Mirzakhani was able to accomplish. And did you hear about this 6th grader? Girls, ladies, and women BELONG in science just like anyone and everyone else. Our task, as current scientists, is to lay the groundwork for an accepting atmosphere. Then it won’t be ”1st Woman Wins Field Medal,” it will be “Miryam Mirzakhani Wins Field Medal.”
Fresh Prince of the Science Fair. Writer for Steve Spangler Science. Dad of 2. Expecting 1 more. Husband. Amateur adventurer.
April 29, 2014 – Updated.
The contest period has closed. Congrats to our winners –
Kate from Silver Spring, MD won a $50 gift certificate
Susan from Hammond, LA won her Wish List
Teachers come in all shapes and sizes. They engage young minds, serve as mentors and provide endless learning opportunities. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5 – 9, 2014. It’s the time we give back to those who give so much.
Teachers are one of the most important and memorable people in a child’s life. You never forget your 3rd grade teacher. Or your kindergarten teacher…or your 6th grade teacher…you get the point.
Teachers are there day after day to encourage learning and discovery as well as self confidence, discipline and an endless list of character building skills.
We want to help you honor the teacher in your child’s life with two chances to win…
Fill out a Wish List for your teacher or help them create a Wish List under their own profile and win the Wish List (up to $100 value).
Now that’s appreciation!
When you complete one or both between April 22 and April 27th at midnight MST, you are automatically entered to win.
One gift certificate and one wish list will be chosen at random. Winners will be notified via email and given 24 hours to respond. If winner does not respond within the time span, another will be chosen. Winners will be formally announced on May 1st on this blog.
How to Create a Wish List
If you are looking for the perfect gift for your teacher, help them set up a list of the science materials and kits they are hoping to receive.
Creating a Wish List on our website is easy. Create it under your Steve Spangler Science profile or your teacher’s. Print it out and share with the other parents in the class. If you are lucky, you and your teacher will receive the wish list from us.
If you are a teacher, don’t wait for the parents to organize, fill up that wish list and get entered to win.
YouTube recently challenged our Spangler Effect team to create a new twist on an old favorite – come up with a Yule Log video that breaks the mold of the old, outdated looping fire in the fireplace.
This is not your mama’s yule log video. It’s by far the coolest science yule log video ever.
Steve and his team came up with different techniques to light and reignite the yule log of the future.
So warm up your holidays by casting this YouTube fireplace from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your TV using Chromecast. The video loops over and over for about 60 minutes so you can put it on and let it play during your holiday celebrations.
If you enjoy our video, please share it with your friends using hashtags #NowCasting and/or #YouTubeFireplace. And don’t forget to subscribe to The Spangler Effect channel so you don’t miss an episode.
After watching the video (it loops about every 5 minutes) come back and watch our Making of The Spangler Effect Yule Log. In the video, Steve explains the science behind each of the ‘tricks’ and how they made each one.
Here’s a special Behind the Scenes look at how we put together and filmed the Yule Log video.