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 [...]

Spangler's Cornstarch Walk on Water Featured on Discovery's Time Warp

Time Warp is one of Discovery's newest shows and it's definitely worth watching... even if you're not a science geek. Hosts Jeff Lieberman and Matt Kearney are on the prowl for anything and everything that might be cool to examine under high-speed photography. On the November 5, 2008 episode, Time Warp featured the Cornstarch Walk on Water stunt our team created [...]

4-H Hydrogel Experiment Travels Cross-Country

While I've been winding down from my media tour as the 4-H National Experiment Spokesperson, kids across the country have been exploring the powerful water-absorbing qualities of these amazing hydrogels.  From Georgia to Hawaii, I've read articles about kids tearing open those baby diapers, shaking out the polymers and digging their hands into science.  4-H coordinators across the country helped get [...]

Science Boot Camp – New York Finale

The final stop in New York on the Science Boot Camp tour was a great way to wrap up our twelve city tour. I always enjoy working with east coast teachers (there's an edginess to their sense of humor) and this group of highly motivated teachers was no exception. And not all of the workshop participants were from New York. I [...]

Boot Camp Update – Dedicated Teachers in Pittsburgh Area

We just wrapped up the final leg of our teacher boot camp tour with workshops in Pittsburgh and New York. While everyone on the team is exhausted, the one thing that keeps the energy high is meeting other teachers who are truly making a difference. I met teachers in both cities who paid to come to boot camp on their own [...]