The temperature is getting cooler and it’s starting to get dark earlier. Leaves are changing on the trees and pumpkin flavored items are starting to arrive in the super markets. It’s a great time to drink cider and shop for new science gear. (wink, wink) Yes, it’s officially becoming fall!
What else do we enjoy during the fall? Oh yeah, that autumnal celebration with door bell ringing, candy comas and ghoulish fun. That’s right, it’s time to start preparing for Halloween parties!
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?
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!
(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.)
As if all of this isn’t enough, do you know what else is exclusive to Steve Spangler Science? Teacher Training!
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!
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Baking soda and vinegar experiments begin with the classic science fair volcano and end with homemade rockets. It’s not surprising – this reaction creates bubbly, fizzing potions that are fun to create over and over.
We decided to put a Valentines twist on the baking soda and vinegar experiment and try it with frozen hearts.
The best part? Even though this experiment stinks from all the vinegar, it’s safe to touch.
Heart shape bowl, ice forms or cookie sheet molds
Bowl or plate
Let’s Try it!
(Measurements aren’t exact and will depend on size of mold. Proportions are more important)
1. Combine 3/4 vinegar to 1/4 water in heart shaped mold and freeze. 2. Combine 3/4 baking soda to 1/4 water in heart shaped mold and freeze. 3. Place frozen vinegar heart in 3/4 baking soda and 1/4 water solution.
4. Place frozen baking soda heart in pure vinegar bath.
We found the frozen baking soda hearts fizzed and reacted much more than the frozen vinegar hearts.
The Science Behind the Reaction
The baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (acetic acid) reaction actually occurs in two steps.
First, the acetic acid in the vinegar reacts with the sodium bicarbonate to make sodium acetate and carbonic acid. The carbonic acid is unstable and basically decomposes in a reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas. The CO2 gas escapes as bubbles. These bubbles are heavier than air, so they sink or run over the plate edge, versus taking flight.
Some people add dish soap to this reaction to capture the bubbles and help the solution flow. Try adding a squirt or two of dish detergent on top of your heart and see if anything different happens.
Or try different proportions of vinegar, water and baking soda. What are your results?
YouTube recently challenged our Spangler Effect team to create a new twist on an old favorite – come up with a Yule Log video that breaks the mold of the old, outdated looping fire in the fireplace.
This is not your mama’s yule log video. It’s by far the coolest science yule log video ever.
Steve and his team came up with different techniques to light and reignite the yule log of the future.
So warm up your holidays by casting this YouTube fireplace from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your TV using Chromecast. The video loops over and over for about 60 minutes so you can put it on and let it play during your holiday celebrations.
If you enjoy our video, please share it with your friends using hashtags #NowCasting and/or #YouTubeFireplace. And don’t forget to subscribe to The Spangler Effect channel so you don’t miss an episode.
After watching the video (it loops about every 5 minutes) come back and watch our Making of The Spangler Effect Yule Log. In the video, Steve explains the science behind each of the ‘tricks’ and how they made each one.
Here’s a special Behind the Scenes look at how we put together and filmed the Yule Log video.
Are you looking for a quick, easy and unique decoration to brighten up your home or give as a gift?
Make a festive Insta-Snow Globe jar.
4-5 scoops of Insta-Snow powder (depending on the size of your jar)
Jar with a lid (a wider, shorter one works best)
Candle or flameless candle (optional)
1. Scoop Insta-Snow powder into a clean jar.
2. Add water until Insta-Snow is fluffy but not over-saturated and gelatin-like.
3. Fluff and mix the snow with your hand to mix water and powder completely.
4. Decorate by adding miniature trees, people and other holiday decorations.
5. Glue ribbon around lid and place on top of jar.
We used a tiny Santa, tree and snowman from a Christmas village set. Get creative – make people out of baked clay, foam stickers, Legos, Pom Pom people or branches and pine cones from your backyard.
Closing the lid on the jar keeps the snow fresh and wet. You won’t need to re-hydrate it. If you decide to leave the lid off the top, you will want to spritz the Insta-Snow with water every few days to keep it moist.
One more thing, because the Insta-Snow is wet and will keep the jar humid, if you decide to use a flameless candle do not leave it in the jar. Remove it when it’s not in use or the batteries and switch may rust.
We found this originally on All for the Boys and their post Interactive Snowscape. They use sugar for the snow, but we swapped the sugar for our Insta-Snow. Thanks for the great idea!