The Spangler Science Experience Wows Kid City

Bloomington, Indiana's Kid City had a Spangler Science experience this week at Ivy Tech Community College, and according to a very professional exit poll it was a big hit!   After building models with marshmallows and toothpicks, (the winner took home an Insta-Snow prize) a trip to the restroom to wash all that marshmallow dust off our hands was in order.  Before the [...]

Color Changing Flowers

Steve Spangler has admitted that most plants have a drinking problem, so I thought I'd see for myself if that was true. I experimented with capillary action and color changing flowers. I started out with four clear vases.  I didn't have any two that were alike, but that just makes my experiment more interesting. Since I would be dealing with fresh flowers, my next [...]

Will Wheaton’s Anti-Bullying Message

This video is a few years old, but we thought it needed to be shared. Again. Wil Wheaton was in Denver at Comic Con and was asked if he was bullied as a child and what he did to deal. The question came from a young girl in the audience. His response was spot on. Wil Wheaton at Denver Comic Con From [...]

The Science Behind the Musical Fruit

I confess;  I often hesitate to fix and serve any kind of beans to my family because. . . well, you know why. There are all kinds of jokes about, well, "this," but what many people don't realize is that there's a reason why beans are so, um, chatty.  It's science.  It's biology.  And chemistry. It doesn't matter what kind of beans you've [...]

The Science of Cupcakes

I wonder sometimes if people realize the incredible wonder of everyday science. . . . .  things we do every day, things we see, things we touch, things we eat. . . . you know, like cupcakes. Cupcakes are science.  Without science there would be no cupcakes.  Imagine a world without cupcakes.  It would be bleak.  We need science so we can [...]

Science of Bulbs and Spring Flowers

Whenever the season changes, my mind's eye starts picturing an all-new panorama of plants and flowers growing "out there." In the fall, I picture pumpkins and Indian Corn and apples.  Winter means squashes and root vegetables and evergreens.  Summer is a rainbow of multicolored flowers and vegetables.  But spring. . . . spring is the beginning of all of these.   Every [...]

Jelly Marbles: The Versatility of Polymers

I love to play with Water Jelly Marbles.  These polymer orbs have so many uses, from play to gardening to home decorating to party fun and who only knows how many other uses. Who could ever guess that a pinch of tiny rock-hard "things" would grow into beautiful crystal-clear orbs, hundreds of times their original size! The snow is finally gone and the [...]

How to Make a Button Lamp

Being pretty much buried in snow these past few weeks has made me think about Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Long Winter." While we are not experiencing bone-wrenching cold and eave-deep snow from October to April as history shows that the Ingalls family did indeed experience, the winter has been severe enough, thank you.  Some days, it was impossible to get to the [...]

A Science Project That Could Change the World

By Contributor Scott Yates It’s true that not everyone is a fan of science fair projects. But what if students could be involved in a project that directly affects them and their families? What if they could help prove that a governmental decision is a bad one, and one that should be reversed? What if the could get some extra sleep in the [...]

Candy Cane Experiment Goes Wrong

We like to think our science experiments will all be rousing successes, and in a way, they always are. We like to think our hypothesis will always be correct, and in that same way, it always is. When an experiment goes wrong, or doesn't go the way we thought it ought to, the first thing that sometimes goes through our minds is "It failed!" When [...]