Congratulations to our winner, Mr. Cookson from Kings Glen Elementary! You are our grand prize winner. For Mr. Cookson all of our finalists – we will be in touch with you (or the people who nominated you) by the end of the week.
Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for your favorite teacher. Our Spangler community is passionate about its teachers!
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.
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.
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?
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch The Spangler Effect for an upcoming special half-hour episode dedicated to the weather balloon launch, flight and science behind it.