Category Archives: Special Science Event

Spangler Passion Project – the Finalists

In early August, we launched the Spangler Passion Project. An ongoing campaign that encourages students and parents to get to know their teacher and their passions.

Teacher Passion Project - Get To Know Your Teacher's Passion

We asked all of you to get to know your new teacher, discover their passion and share it with us. And you did just that!

There are so many teachers out there with passions for teaching, learning and exciting their students. We had an incredibly difficult time choosing our finalists.

All of the teachers nominated are amazing professionals who are dedicated to educating a generation. Finalist or not, all passionate teachers deserve to be lavished with respect, gratitude and pedestals. Lots of pedestals.

The finalists are below. The teacher who receives the most votes will receive a Virtual Science Workshop from Steve Spangler (a $250 value), $250 in materials and a $100 gift certificate to SteveSpanglerScience.com.

That’s a grand prize valued at $600!

The remaining finalists will receive a First Days of School Kit for their classroom along with a $25 gift certificate to Steve Spangler Science – a prize valued at $65!

Vote for your favorite by Wednesday, September 24th at 12am MST.  The grand prize winner will be announced on September 25th.

 

 

The Spangler Demo Team Does the Reverse #ALSIceBucketChallenge

Steve Spangler and his demo team was challenged by a few of our fans and customers to join into the #ALSIceBucketChallenge.

We are a science company after all, so we had to add a science spin to the challenge.

Liquid Nitrogen  is 323 degrees below zero (translation – extremely icy liquid.)

We didn’t dump the liquid nitrogen over our heads. It is so cold, it will cause burns. Instead, our team dumped water into the liquid nitrogen for a completely different effect.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Spangler Science demo team now challenges… the Ellen DeGeneres Show backstage crew, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Sid the Science Kid (because we want to see a puppet dump water on its head and support ALS).

Donate to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge >

Teacher Passion Project – Get to Know Your Teacher

Steve Spangler Science wants to team up with students and parents to make a lucky teacher’s Passion Project come to life! Turn an idea into an experience with the perfect opportunity to really KNOW who your teacher is and all about their passions.

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All of us at Steve Spangler Science have a passion for ongoing learning, a passion for making science fun, a passion for teaching a love of science and a passion for educators.

Teacher Passion Project - Get To Know Your Teacher's Passion

We are introducing a new campaign for the 2014-2015 school year – the Teacher Passion Project. This is an opportunity for students and parents to get to know their teacher and make their passion a reality.

The first step in the Teacher Passion Project is for you to get to know your new teacher.

Find their passion. Is it Algebra? Short stories?  American History?  Writing Haiku?

Or … SCIENCE?

Teacher Passion Project - Discover Your Teacher's Passion and Win

(If you are a homeschooler or part of a homeschool co-op, share your homeschooling teaching passions with us!)

Make a quick video (90 seconds or less), take a picture or create a graphic that explains what your teacher’s passion is all about.

If you are a teacher – make your own video or photo and share it with your students and parents. Remember, passion fuels passion.

Teacher Passion Project - Discover Your Teacher's Passion and Win

Then share your passion or your teacher’s passion with us in the comments below or use #SpanglerProject on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram or emaill us.

Submit your teacher’s passion by September 12th . Our staff will pick our favorites from all channels and ask our fans to vote on the finalists.

Finalists will be announced September 17th.
Voting will close September 24th.
Winner announced September 25th.

Teacher Passion Project - Get to know your teacher, discover their passion, make it a reality from Steve Spangler Science

One lucky teacher will receive a Virtual Science Workshop from Steve Spangler (a $250 value), $250 in materials and a $100 gift certificate to SteveSpanglerScience.com.

That’s a grand prize valued at $600!

Four runners up will receive the First Days of School Kit for their classroom along with a $25 gift certificate to Steve Spangler Science – a prize valued at $65!

Ease & Engage Your Students Back into the Learning Routine with  First Days of School Kit from Steve Spangler Science

So what are you waiting for? Get to know your teacher and discover their passions.

Hang on to those passions – we will have more throughout the year on the Teacher’s Passion Project. Keep watching our social channels and this blog for additional posts.

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**By submitting videos and photos to #SpanglerProject gives  permission for Steve Spangler Science to use and share on all of our social channels, website and blog.

Astronaut Beaker Launched Into Space on a Weather Balloon

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

During Weather and Science Day, we launched a weather balloon to the edge of space. The balloon didn’t need a pilot, but we thought a scientist onboard would help bring some perspective and a first hand account of what it was like to soar 93,000 feet above the earth.

Beaker was the muppet for the job. His prep team from The Edge of Space, 9News and Steve Spangler Science helped secure him about 15 feet below the actual weather balloon. He brought along a few flags – one signed by the 9News Weather team and Steve Spangler.

The balloon was launched around 11:00 a.m.

The delicate weather balloon was 1200 grams and filled with 230 feet of helium. When it reached the edge of space, the balloon was the size of a school bus. It also carried a parachute to bring it safely back to earth after it popped, a tracking and telemetry receiver to send information about where the balloon was flying, three cameras and a beacon that gave longitude and latitude.

This was Beaker’s first time in space.

He flew gracefully above the earth and traveled out of Coors Field in downtown Denver, along I-70 before traveling north and eventually landing in a field 15 miles north of Synder, Colorado.

While rising above the earth, Beaker was the strong, silent type, even though the fear was evident in his eyes. He didn’t utter a single peep when the balloon dramatically popped high above the earth. Which begs the question, if Beaker screams in space, can anyone hear him?

A tracking team including Steve Spangler, Edge of Space experts and 9News photographers followed the balloon before finding it in a farmer’s field around 2:15 p.m.

We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone at The Edge of Space who sent Beaker on his maiden voyage and safely retrieved him hours later.

Watch Beaker’s entire journey and learn more about the weather balloon on The Spangler Effect – the Edge of Space.

Weather and Science Day with 9News, Steve Spangler Science and the Colorado Rockies Reaches All Time High

Our annual Weather and Science Day reached a new height this year with the launch of a weather balloon during the event. The weather balloon was launched with help from The Edge of Space. During it’s flight, it reached the edge of space at a height of 93,000 feet. That’s higher than Mount Everest and higher than what a military jet can fly (50,000 feet). The balloon drifted northeast and landed hours later near Synder, Colorado.

Weather and Science Day May 2012 Courtesy 9News.com

Beaker “piloted” the weather balloon along with three flags from 9News, the Colorado Rockies and Steve Spangler Science. The balloon also had three cameras onboard that recorded hours of flight footage. You can see Beaker at the edge of the heavens and his violent fall back to earth after the balloon ruptured.

Weather Balloon with Beaker. Courtesy 9News.com

 

The underlying lesson was to work with The Edge of Space people who love flying balloons as hobbyists. Their dedication and passion to ballooning was inspiring.

Launching a balloon from Coors Field in the middle of the day isn’t as easy as it sounds. The balloon was going to take a journey up through aircraft flight patterns and could potentially be very hazardous. The FAA granted us special permission and diverted air traffic for 10 minutes for the launch.

This was the biggest Weather and Science Day, and although we do not have official numbers yet, we definitely had the biggest crowd ever.

The weather balloon was the biggest piece of Weather and Science Day, but it wasn’t all we did.

Students, teachers and weather and science fans also learned about the science of air, solar energy and the freezing and expanding powers of liquid nitrogen during the one hour event.

Liquid Nitrogen explosion during Weather and Science Day Courtesy 9News.com

Watch The Spangler Effect for an upcoming special half-hour episode dedicated to the weather balloon launch, flight and science behind it.