Dry Ice Crystal Ball!

Dry ice is great fun all year, of course, but there's just something about October and Halloween that really brings out the coolest dry ice experiments. One of my favorites is also one of Spangler Science's simplest experiments.  All you have to buy is the dry ice, and dry ice is very inexpensive.  (Most grocery stores are happy to sell you a [...]

5 Non-Volcano Kids’ Science Activities Using Vinegar

Vinegar is a smelly staple of science educators everywhere. The solution of acetic acid is the most often-used, simple acidic solution in the lab, and it’s non-toxic and safe to be handled. It’s no wonder that vinegar is a key component of tons of activities and projects for all sorts of chemically based experiences. What’s that? You only know that classic [...]

5 Viral Science Experiments You Didn’t Know We’ve Done Already

The term “viral” has undergone quite the makeover since the end of the 20th century. A word that used to have a connotation on par with “bacterial” has now become something that is sought after.  Going viral entails that something is spreading like proverbial wildfire. There’s viral marketing, viral memes, viral video, and viral photos. There are even viral science experiments. The [...]

Thanksgiving Table Tricks

At Thanksgiving, there's often more of a crowd at the table, which means, Thanksgiving is the perfect time for some cool table tricks; in other words, it's Thanksgiving Table Tricks Time.  Yes, it's that time of year - time to pull out the table tricks and dust them off. Or what if you don't have a table? This season, we have a [...]

Homemade Juice Bottle Rocket Launcher

All those juice boxes, pouches and bottles hold a little science inside - give them a squeeze, force the air out and shoot the straw at your sister. The only problem is the larger hole around the straw allows the air to leak out and the straw doesn't travel far. So grab a few straws, some modeling clay and an empty Kool-Aid [...]

Make Your Own Zoetrope Cartoon Animator

Things aren't always as we see or perceive them. There are many ways to trick your eyes with optical illusions and 3D images. A fun trick to play on your eyes is with a zoetrope. This classic tool turns multiple images into animation. http://youtu.be/eXgPPAhMuG8 (more…)

Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction Sick Science!

After the long holiday weekend, it's back to work and business as usual. During the break, all of us at The Spangler Labs enjoyed our time off and ate a few too many popsicles to stay cool. With all those popsicle sticks laying around, we had to come up with a science activity. Want to try this at home? Save your popsicle [...]

Outdoor Summer Science Fun – Sick Science! Bubble Snakes

We love bubbles at Steve Spangler Science. We've made frozen bubbles, smoky bubbles, giant bubbles, bouncing bubbles and fire bubbles to name a few. This time, we make colorful, snaking bubbles that come out of a homemade bubble blower. http://youtu.be/HISGtXb2gZc Bubbles usually only come as individual spheres of soap and water. To blow the perfect bubble takes patience and a little bubble-science. Sometimes, [...]

Salt Water Density Straw Sick Science!

Create a colorful rainbow inside a straw while learning a lesson in density. This easy kitchen science experiment uses materials found in your house and can be done by kids of all ages (with a little parental assistance). (more…)

Teaching Student Leadership Lessons Through Needles and Piercings

Stand back and watch as I pull a needle through a balloon without popping it. This trick is a magicians' favorite. They can mystify an audience by putting a needle through a balloon and pulling through a ribbon without popping it. The demonstration is mysterious until you learn a little stress-related science. When a balloon is inflated, the middle is under a lot [...]