Science in the Rockies Teacher Training Now Aligned to Next Gen and Common Core

As many of you know, the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards were just released in early April. Over the past few weeks, our team has been working feverishly to align Steve Spangler's hands-on science curriculum from Science in the Rockies with these newly released standards. In addition to the science standards, we know that many of you are looking for [...]

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 [...]

The Science Behind Composting – Nourish the Planet on Earth Day

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Spring time means getting out and enjoying the sun, watching the trees bloom and cleaning out those flower beds and garden patches and filling them with flowers and plants. Before you start clearing out the dead of winter and putting plants in the ground, get a little compost going. Compost is the single most important supplement you can [...]

Dr. Oz Uses Mentos and Diet Coke to Demonstrate the Anti-Diet Plan

Dr. Oz is known for his wacky and unique demonstrations to illustrate what happens inside the body. Recently, he donned a poncho and became the Mentos Boy in the Box. He stepped in a sealed container to demonstrate what happens in the intestines when a food that doesn't agree with body chemistry is introduced into the stomach. The giant plastic box acted [...]

The Science Behind Clouds – On a Cloudy Day You Can See Weather

Have you ever wondered how clouds form? We all learn the water cycle in school - water falls from the clouds in the form of rain or snow and collects on the ground. The water on the ground heats up and turns to vapor and the vapor travels up into the atmosphere and creates clouds. But how do those clouds form? Here's [...]

Third Graders' Creativity Shines in Invention Convention

Move over Shark Tank inventors and patent attorneys get ready for some amazing, new kid-invented products. Third graders at Wilder Elementary in Littleton, Colorado joined Steve early one morning to share their inventions and solutions to common everyday problems. The annual Invention Convention takes the lead over the classic science fair in asking kids to solve problems with their own inventions. Many parents [...]

Extract the DNA from a Strawberry – Kitchen Science

DNA is the building block of all living creatures, plants and animals. It is found in the cells of animals and determines the genetics or make up of every individual organism. DNA is also present in the whole foods we eat. Thanks to the special characteristics of strawberries, it is possible to extract, isolate and observe the DNA. You don't have to [...]

Jedi Training – Use the Force & Build Your Own Lightsaber

Have you always wanted to build your own lightsaber and fight the forces of evil? Forget the old Jedi Mind Meld trick. That's for amateurs (and presidents.) You need what all Wookies, Ewoks, Vulcans and Vogons use to protect themselves across the galaxy. Our amazing researchers at the Steve Spangler Labs have uncovered the secret to how the lightsaber actually works. It's only a [...]