Science Experiments!

For some students, the science fair is coming up pretty soon, and it's high time they started thinking about some cool experiments. For other students, the science fair is a long way off, but even so, it's never too soon to start thinking about some cool experiments. Whether you need some ideas really soon, or whether you'll need some ideas down the road [...]

Christmas Tree Safety

There's nothing that says "Christmas" more than a live Christmas tree with all the tinsel and trimmings in your living room. There's also nothing that says "fire danger" more than a dried out tree that can easily catch a spark from a nearby candle. The needles and branches on a Christmas tree give the tree a lot of surface area. Try to [...]

Dangers of Opening Glow Sticks

Glow sticks are incredibly popular for their simplicity yet versatility - birthday parties, evening outdoor activities, Halloween science and so much more. They are sold at many events and are found in stores everywhere. Even Steve Spangler Science sells glow sticks. Kids love cracking them and watching the light glow like a firefly. In watching blogs and sites like Pinterest for science experiments [...]

Are Some Science Educators Playing with Fire? When Does Sharing an Experiment Cross a Line?

By Blog Editor Susan Wells I am frustrated. As our children grow up, they want to experiment. Explore. Discover. The internet is a wonderful tool to use in their education and growing independence. Growing up, I had to use encyclopedias, libraries, books. Now, everything is at our children's fingertips. We all know dangers exist on the internet. Today's kids have to [...]

Mad About Science – The Science of Propane

Mad About Science™ salutes the propane scientists at AmeriGas, the nation's largest supplier of propane tanks and cylinders. Greg Rice and Chris Selepec from AmeriGas demonstrated the science behind propane tanks and explained propane tank safety at their facility in Commerce City, Colorado. Greg and Chris demonstrated that propane is both a gas and a liquid. It is a colorless and odorless [...]

Curious Jane Science Detectives Find the Fun in Learning

Curious Jane Camps are powered by girls. Or maybe they just run on girl power. Founder Samantha Razook Murphy, launched the all-girls camps last summer to encourage girls to explore the world around them. The camps are available in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia and Naples, Florida. Curious Jane offers a wide variety of after-school and summer camps ranging from toy [...]

Please Take Action! Understanding the Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide

Thousands of people are at risk from exposure to Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) every day. This silent killer has gone unreported by the media and ignored by government agencies. The dangers remain virtually unknown to the general public. Fortunately, a concerned group has created a series of safety messages to get the word out about the dangers of DHMO. [iframe width="560" height="315" src="" [...]

Toy Product Testing – Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Don't be surprised if you start seeing your favorite toy catalogs and educational toy websites (hopefully is in your list) sporting new product warning labels. It's not gesture of good will - it's the law - and retailers who fail to comply face serious fines. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was the toy safety legislation recently passed increase [...]

Water Can Explode in the Microwave

Did you know that heating water in the microwave can actually be dangerous? While sharing this story with audiences, I've learned that many people have had similar experiences but never understood why the water just blew up. It's an important piece of science to share with others in hopes of preventing a potential disaster. The American Burn Association (ABA) has identified scald burns [...]