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Back to School with Steve Spangler Science

Do I smell freshly sharpened pencils?  Is that the clicking sound of a brand new protractor?  Are you surrounded by notebooks, fun new pens and markers that you’re dying to use?

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Back to School with Steve Spangler Science!

Yes!  It’s back to school time!

Not ready for back to school?   Wondering who do you turn to for help to start your new school year off right?   Back to School with Steve Spangler Science is always a great place to start! We’ve never let you down in the past, have we?

Now that you know where to go, you’re probably wondering what should you buy first? Well, the First Days of School Kit, of course!  It’s packed with a little bit of everything to get the kids excited about science.  Jelly Marbles, Water Gel, Windbags, UV beads and more – what else could you need?

First Days of School
First Days of School

Oh yeah, stuff for the rest of the year!

Here’s the good news!  You know that Steve Spangler Science  has all the reliable products that you and your students have come to know and love in the years past.  I mean, who can go a whole school year without  Insta-Snow, Windbags, Jelly Crystals, Slime and Worms?  BUT..did you know that most of the experiments you love come in Classroom Kits, too?  The classroom kits provide enough product for 24-30 kids. Plus, you will also find a teacher guide and even a student guide (in most classroom kits) to help ease the pain of lesson planning.

I see that glimmer in your eye… now, you’re getting excited about the new school year! Which is great, because we have so many more new and  exciting products  coming for 2014-2015.

If you been on the website at all this summer, you probably noticed things like new digital experiment guides, but did you notice that there has been a new Sick Science kit  released each week?

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New Sick Science Kits – Only from Steve Spangler Science!

No? Here are the 6 new Sick Science Kits you may have missed, but were newly released this summer:

Plus,  5 more new Sick Science Kits are still on the way!

Not sure how to incorporate more Science into your curriculum for the year? Your friends at Steve Spangler Science can help with that, too!

With younger students, you might want to try connecting Science to Children’s Literature.  Here are some great stories that keep the kids interested and inspire thought, paired up with fun science experiments: Axle Annie with Insta-Snow, Put Me in the Zoo with Spot Dot, Diary of a Worm with Insta-Worms and Zack’s Alligator (you get not just one, but two growing alligators with this activity set).

Zack's Alligator Kit
Zack’s Alligator Kit

Need more ideas on Science and Literature connections but like to learn in the privacy of your own home?  You say you also need more continuing education credits, but prefer a hands-on workshop? Then you’ll probably want to take Julie Gintzler’s Story Time Slime Online and Steve Spangler’s Virtual Science Workshop!

Story time Slime
Story Time Slime Online

Steve’s putting the “S” back in STEM! The Virtual Science Workshop will teach you how to use inquiry-based experiments and eye-catching demonstrations to promote independent exploration, increase student engagement and open the opportunity for STEM careers.

So go ahead, click that bookmarked SteveSpanglerScience.com webpage and start ordering up some Back to School fun!  If you need help finding experiments or activities to fill your lesson plans, don’t hesitate to call our friendly Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-223-9080, or leave a comment below!

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. 

 

 

 

Professional Development for Teachers – New Online Virtual Science Workshop

We are proud to announce a new resource for teachers looking to keep their teaching credentials up to date while learning hands-on science experiments and lessons to bring into their classrooms.

Our new online Virtual Science Workshop brings teacher training and development into the comfort of your own home. No need to travel and spend nights away from home. Put on those comfy clothes and invite Steve Spangler into your living room. We will even ship workshop materials right to your front door.

Learn How to Register for Virtual Science Workshop at Steve Spangler Science

 

 

This is not your typical webinar – no headless voice endlessly talking over slides. The Spangler Online Learning platform incorporates high definition video, interactive learning prompts, downloadable handouts, online assessments and even a certificate of completion.

“Going virtual requires the trainer to use new strategies and instructional methods to keep the long-distance learner constantly engaged and committed to the learning experience.” – Steve Spangler

Our teacher training captures more than five hours of high energy content organized into easy-to-manage learning segments that make it convenient to learn at your own pace. Start, stop and rewind to make sure you capture every aspect of this learning experience.

Learn online anytime with Steve Spangler - Teacher Certification with Spangler Online Learning

  • Participate in more than 30 ready-to-use science activities that are inquiry-based, standard-related, and kid-tested
  • Develop inquiry-based activities that strengthen critical thinking skills and challenge students to ask the important “Why?” questions
  • Use elements of the story line in popular pieces of children’s literature to teach and reinforce fundamental building blocks of your science curriculum
  • Discover ways to use attention-grabbing science experiments as daily writing prompts
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the real science behind all the fun activities
  • Use the “Failure Model” to teach the scientific method
  • Develop classroom safety procedures to protect yourself and students against common accidents
  • Turn ordinary science activities into unforgettable learning experiences
  • Learn how to become a more effective science teacher without spending more money

 

2011 Hands-on Science Boot Camp Tour Coming to 6 Cities this Fall

Join Steve Spangler for an intensive one-day, boot camp training that is guaranteed to change the way you teach science forever. This fast-moving seminar is for pre-k and elementary teachers who need creative science integration strategies… who are tired of trying to “squeeze” science into their already packed teaching schedule… and who want to make science even more fun and meaningful in their classroom. Stop squeezing and start integrating!

The Boot Camp tour will be in the following cities.

  • Houston, TX     Sept. 28th
  • Dallas, TX     Sept. 30th
  • Chicago, IL     Oct. 5th
  • Washington, D.C.    Oct. 7th
  • Orlando, FL    Nov. 9th
  • Tampa, FL     Nov. 11th

Steve will be sharing his favorite Halloween experiments at the Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Washington, D.C. workshops.

The one-day workshops are only $189 per person.

The bottom line is this – Steve Spangler will help you take the fear out of teaching science and become a more effective science teacher using simple and inexpensive materials.

Register online or call 1-800-223-9080 but do it fast. Space is limited and workshops are filling up.

Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes Tour Visits Oklahoma City

Recently, I was at the Oklahoma Science Museum for a book signing and to present a science workshop to Oklahoma teachers. When I was in town, I also stopped by local news station KFOR to share some of my favorite science demonstrations. No matter how many times I tried to put anchorwoman Linda Cavanaugh at ease, she was still hesitant to conduct 50,000 volts of electricity or help me with a wildfire demonstration.

Anaheim Boot Camp Teachers Prove That Making Science Fun Starts With the Teacher!

Steve Spangler's Hands-on Science Boot Camp - Anaheim, CA

I think our photographer, Shawn Campbell, put it best when he described what happened at our Hands-on Science Boot Camp™ in Anaheim last week…

The moment these teachers arrived there was an energy in the room that turned the day into much more than just a day of doing science experiments. Anytime you have that much energy and fun in one room, grab a camera and start shooting! Steve was on fire – both figuratively and literally. There was an obvious connection between the teachers, Steve and his message about finding a genuine passion to teach science. While looking through the hundreds of photos that I took at the Boot Camp, I caught myself smiling – reflecting the expressions on everyone’s face that day. Making science fun is seriously contagious!

Huge thanks to Shawn Campbell for these amazing photos and for everyone who attended the workshop.

Learn more about our 2011 Hands-on Science Boot Camp™ tour.