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Brought to you only by Steve Spangler Science

Did you know that there are over 100 original items that you can only purchase from Steve Spangler Science?

MAGIC COLOR-CHANGING FLOWERS (another exclusive from Steve Spangler Science! )
Magic Color-Changing Flowers (Exclusively at Steve Spangler Science! )

 

I know what you’re thinking… and yes, it really is possible!

Even though Steve Spangler Science has several items being distributed to retail stores both nationally and internationally,  there are still items that only available through SteveSpanglerScience.com.

 

Mysterious Water Suspension
Mysterious Water Suspension

 

Steve Spangler Science has created several original kits, DVD’s and digital experiment guides (including some items that are currently in seasonal demand,  such as our Ghost Science Kit, Vampire SlimeHalloween Science Party and our Halloween Science Experiment Guide) that are exclusive to Steve Spangler Science.

Ghost Science Kit (Another exclusive item from Steve Spangler Science!)
Ghost Science Kit – (Another exclusive item from Steve Spangler Science!)

 

So, how do you find these fantastically exclusive items, you ask?  It’s easy! Just look for their trademark logo tag!  (Example shown below.)

20140717_Spangler_Only_Logo

 

You can also find them conveniently listed under “Only At Steve Spangler Science“, or by searching  the website for Experiment Guides.

Halloween Science Experiment Guide
Halloween Science Experiment Guide

 

The Sick Science Collection is one of our newest and largest additions to Steve Spangler Science.   These kits were slowly released each week, beginning in April 2014.  When the final kit is released this year, we will have a grand total of 24 new kits!  Pretty amazing, right?

Amazing Square Bubble Sick Science Kit! (Isn't the color of the bubble concentrate amazing, too?)
Amazing Square Bubble Sick Science Kit  (The color of the bubble concentrate is almost as amazing as the Square Bubbles this kit makes!)

 

If you’re looking for some stupendously fun kits to add to your curriculum this school year, these Sick Science Kits are the kits to purchase!  They are great for home schooling parents and teachers alike!  The activity guides for these kits are packed with large, full color pictures and easy to read instructions.  But, you’ll also get an exclusive link to special videos relating to the experiment where Steve is your teacher!  He will explain the science behind the experiment itself, and how some steps on to take it further.

Sadly, the introductory sale price will not be around much longer, so this is the time to scoop them up!

 

Windbag Wonders Sick Science Kit
Windbag Wonders Sick Science Kit

 

(Spoiler Alert: I’m about to sound like an info-mercial in 3…2…1….)

But wait.. there’s more! The most unbelievable part is that for a limited time you are also able to purchase our complete Sick Science Collection Volume 1 (a compilation of our first 12 Sick Science Kits) for the price of 10!  (Twelve, twelve, twelve kits for ten! Ok, I’m done now.) 

Balancing Nail Puzzle Sick Science Kit
Balancing Nail Puzzle Sick Science Kit

 

As if all of this isn’t enough, do you know what else is exclusive to Steve Spangler Science? Teacher Training!

Our Spangler Virtual Online Learning is a perfect way to gain credits, fulfill your continuing education requirements with hands-on science fun, and see how Steve is putting the S back in STEM, all in the comfort of your own home!  We are currently offering Steve’s Virtual Science Workshop and Story Time Slime Online with Julie Gintzler.

Prefer to get out of the house for educational experiences?  Then you should look into Science at Sea!   A one of a kind, inspiring, and educations cruise to Alaska for teachers, friends, colleagues, and family.  Come set sail with us in June 2015!

All of these items and more are available to you, and brought to you only by Steve Spangler Science!

Want or need more information about any of the items or workshops listed above? Contact our friendly Customer Service Representatives at (800) 223-9080!

 

Joy Gintzler's Bio
Joy Gintzler’s Bio

Bio: Joy Gintzler is a jack of all trades.  Currently a Customer Service Guru and Blogger for Steve Spangler Science.    She mixes cereal without remorse and loves engaging with customers, especially when helping plan events. 

 

 

 

Ultimate Science Vacations – Science at Sea Takes an Up Close Look at Alaska

For the third time, the Steve Spangler team and award-winning naturalists explored the inside passage of Alaska. The group, along with teachers and science enthusiasts boarded a Holland America cruise ship earlier this week for a special Science at Sea excursion.

Science at Sea -  Cruising in Glacier Bay, Alaska

Alaska is known for its spectacular scenery, glaciers, mountains, untamed wilderness and vast wildlife populations. Science abounds in the largest U.S. state. Cut Alaska in half, and each half is still larger than Texas.

The state not only boasts the biggest land size, but also holds the smallest population of the 50 states. Only 650,000 people call Alaska home. Twice as many tourists visit every year.

Google Maps
Courtesy: Google Maps

Alaska contains more coastline, more lakes, more streams and rivers, more National Parks, more wildlife refuges, more natural resources, more forests, more glaciers and more wildlife than any other state in America. Seventeen of North America’s twenty highest mountains, including the tallest, Denali at over 20,000 feet, are found in Alaska. It is also home to the largest National Forest and largest National Park in the 50 states.

Alaska has more earthquakes, more volcanoes, more glaciers, more mountains than anyplace in North America. – John Scheerens, naturalist.

The crew cruised the famous Inside Passage of the the Pacific Northwest Coast or southeast Alaska for one week. They viewed spectacular, rugged, high mountains cloaked in lush temperate rainforests, enormous ice fields and glaciers, scenic 1,000-foot deep fjords, and a plethora of marine mammals and sea birds. Alaska also has a rich human history and social sciences story anchored by Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast that have lived in the area for over 8,000 years, and also includes the great Gold Rush of 98 and World War II.

Some of our guests for Science at Sea 2013
Some of our guests for Science at Sea 2013

The tour included visits to some of Alaska’s most popular towns and cities. Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, enjoys perhaps the most scenic setting of any state capital in America; Sitka, a most charming village on Alaska’s outer coast once known as the Paris of the Pacific, ancient home of the Kiksadi people and seat of government and administration for Russian America; spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, home to half the tidewater glaciers in North America; Ketchikan, the salmon capital of the world known as Alaska’s First City; and Victoria, a lovely small city on the southern coast of Vancouver Island and provincial capital of British Columbia. Native traders, fur trappers, gold seekers, and sightseers have all marveled at the magnificence of the Inside Passage.

Global Warming is at work in Alaska and you can witness it firsthand. Glaciers and the sea ice are melting at a rapid pace, so fast, that some glaciers are in danger of becoming extinct. New shipping routes have opened in the Arctic making it easier to travel between Norway and Asia, specifically. The wildlife is also suffering. Polar bears are drowning while swimming and looking for food.

Glacial Ice Melting in the Arctic - Global Warming

Alaska is full of geography and geology lessons as well. When asked where the most northern and western extremes of America are found, Alaska is an easy answer. The eastern part of the 50 states is also found in Alaska. The state’s Aleutian Islands cross the dateline so the eastern extreme of the U.S. is also in Alaska.

The Aleutians were the first parts of Alaska settled by Europeans. Two of the larger islands, Dutch Harbor and Kodiak are two of the largest seafood producing communities in the world.

Geology dictates the natural environment of Alaska. Particularly the southeastern part is one of the most geologically active places on earth. There are more earthquakes, more volcanoes, more glaciers, more mountains than anyplace in North America.

Plate tectonics is also a huge part of the Alaskan geology. The North American Plate is riding over the top of the Pacific Plate in a process called subduction under Alaska. The Pacific Plate is moving north and counterclockwise against the western moving North American Plate causing a shearing action. The subduction causes Alaska’s massive mountain features and volcanic activity. The mountains are grow taller at a rate of about an inch or more a year. The shearing action creates earthquakes along the coastline.

Can you spot the kayaker?
Can you spot the kayaker?

Glaciers are also an incredibly important part of Alaska’s past and present. They are responsible for thousands of islets, fjords and waterways. A large part of our tour included visits to the largest and most spectacular glaciers.

Finally, Alaska has abundant wildlife on land and in the water. Long daylight hours in the summer encourages a lot of vegetation growth on land and algae or plankton in the water. Marine life teems in the oceans, mammals large and small thrive in the forests and tundra and millions of birds nest along shorelines and in forested areas.

A whale breaching in Alaska - Science at Sea from Steve Spangler Science

Scheerens adds “Alaska offers some of the finest habitat and food resources on the planet to support some of the largest wildlife populations anywhere in the world.”

Many thanks to our naturalist John Scheerens for the research and information included in this article and for all of his knowledge, insights and enthusiasm about the great state of Alaska.

John is considered the teacher of teachers in Alaska serving as the training consultant for most of the major tour companies throughout Alaska. John has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, ESPN’s Outdoor Adventure Series, and Outdoor Channels Pathfinder’s Series, and his educational tours have received the highest praise among his peers. We cannot think of the better tour leader for our Science at Sea experience.

 

All Aboard for Science at Sea in 2013

Spangler Seminars heads out to sea for the third time in June 2013 for Science at Sea in Alaska. Come aboard Holland America with our award-winning naturalist and Steve Spangler to explore the inside passage of Alaska. Travel to Juneau, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Ketchikan and Tracy Arm while experiencing one of a kind excursions and lectures only available to Science at Sea participants.

The roundtrip leaves from Vancouver, BC, Canada on June 22, 2013 and returns on June 30, 2013.

This trip isn’t just for teachers – it’s for anyone who wants to learn more about the geography, history, wildlife and more. This is an educational experience of a lifetime, so bring your children, your friends, significant others and extended family. This is a family affair.

To come along with us on this special interactive and educational trip, you need to register in two places. First, register for Science at Sea on our website. Our Science at Sea seminars and naturalist-led excursions are unique and are only for our group. You will also get a special pre-cruise kickoff class with Steve and our Naturalist,  John Scheerens, to prepare you for the trip on June 22nd.

The cost of the Spangler part of the event is $1695 per person. This includes the cost of all of our customized shore excursions in each port, ground transportation, the onboard instruction with our naturalists, and a few surprises that are part of any Spangler experience. You may register additional people under your primary registration for the discounted fee of $1495 per person. Remember… this fee includes the price of all of the shore excursions and entitles family members and friends to participate in all of the onboard workshops and experiences.

Next, choose your cabin aboard the Holland America Zuiderdam. The Spangler Science team has partnered with Holland America to offer special group discount pricing to everyone registered for Science at Sea (a fee structure not available to the public). The rate for your room will be separate from your event registration fee above and will be paid directly to Holland America Line. Once you’ve registered for the Science at Sea event, our personal Holland America Line cruise consultant will contact you to help guide you through the cabin selection.

Why Should I Travel with Science at Sea? 

You can expect the same high level of support and professionalism that you’ve come to count on with all Steve Spangler Science experiences.

This is an experience with the elite Steve Spangler staff and time with Steve himself. We have people in place to make sure you have an amazing experience, hands down.  Every detail is planned and organized ahead of time. All you need to do is get on the boat and the rest is taken care of for you. We will take excursions as a group, but also allow for time on your own for souvenir shopping or exploring.

Make sure you bring a camera to record your personal experiences, but don’t worry about documenting everything. The entire experience is recorded by our Emmy-Award winning videographer, edited and distributed to all Science at Sea guests.

Our naturalist, John Scheerens, is extremely knowledgeable about Alaska, especially the science side of Alaska. From the marine life to geology, to glaciers and the history of the area, John knows it all. Ask him any question you may have about Alaska and he will either know it or be able to get an answer in a short time.

While at sea, we offer exclusive educational opportunities where John share information on the science of the area – wildlife to look for, points of interest and helpful sightseeing tips. John knows all of the secret spots to eat, where to visit, what to see and what not to miss.

Our excursions are unique and special to our group. No one else on the cruise gets the opportunity for the same experiences. Our tours are in-depth and travel to remote locations.

 

Science at Sea 2011 – How do Teachers Get Excited About Teaching?

Our staff along with almost 100 teachers just returned from an amazing hands-on learning experience on a cruise to Alaska.

Great teachers will go to extreme measures to get kids excited about learning, but how do you get teachers excited about teaching? You put them on a cruise ship in the middle of southeast Alaska for Science at Sea.

The cruise immerses the teachers in the environment, culture and the science of Alaska.

It’s a seven-day program where teachers across the country meet with the best naturalists in Alaska to learn about ecosystems, wildlife and how we effect the world we live in. The teacher take that experience back to the classroom.

The best teachers take time during their summer break to learn and prepare for the next school year. What has your teacher been up to this summer?

Coolest Field Trip Ever – Winners Announced

In July, my team of naturalists and I will lead a group of about 120 science enthusiasts on an educational cruise to Alaska. Our Science at Sea 2009 cruise was sold out and this year we’ve added more space and taken our custom shore excursions to a whole new level.
I wanted to offer free registration for our second Science at Sea trip to a Facebook fan who could tell us why they wanted to join us on the coolest field trip ever this summer.
Contestants had to submit a video giving us a creative look at why they should win the free registration. After much deliberation, five pots of coffee, and two breaks to go out into the parking lot and blow something up, the judges have decided to announce three winners…