Young Engineers Build Homemade Rockets

I helped the fourth graders at Wilder Elementary test their rocket designs today. Watch the video below from last year to see what this interactive lesson is all about. Earlier in the week, the students watched the movie October Sky, based on Homer Hickam’s novel, Rocket Boys. I then explained the science behind building rockets and gave them some demonstrations of Newton’s [...]

Putting Together an Amazing Science Fair Project

Have you signed up for your school’s science fair but haven’t picked a science fair project? Or are you thinking about joining your science fair but don’t know where to start? Participating in the science fair is an amazing opportunity to learn about the scientific method, ask questions, explore, make new discoveries and gain an understanding of how science works. The start to [...]

Tea Bag Rocket – The Updated Version of the Classic Ditto Paper Rocket

The Tea Bag Rocket is really an adaptation of a classic science demonstration called the Ditto Paper Rocket. If you're old enough to have experienced Ditto paper, you'll recall the bluish-purple ink and that unforgettable smell of freshly printed copies. (Come to find out... both the Ditto machine solvent and the ink were highly toxic, but no one seemed to care [...]

Burning Money – Does Anyone Have a $20 Bill?

It's probably not a wise idea to soak a $20 bill in a flammable liquid and set it on fire, but that's what you'll have to do with this science demonstration. Sure, you could use just a $1 bill, but then you don't sweat as much. There is a point to all of this burning... it's the fact that to everyone's [...]

Dry Ice Fun – How to Use Dry Ice at Your Halloween Party

There's just something amazing about dry ice - the solid that turns into a gas. Science teachers call it sublimation... kids call it amazing. Over the years I've presented a number of television segments about using dry ice to make Halloween even more fun - Screaming Ice, Bursting Smoke Bubbles, Spooky Apple Juice, the Crystal Bubble. This segment featured on the [...]