If You Walk on Fire You Might Get Hurt – Science Secrets of Fire Walking

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy On Monday morning, Steve received a call from NBC Nightly News from a producer who wanted to learn more about the science of walking on fire. People can actually walk on hot coals… but the trick is understanding how heat is transferred from the hot coal to the person's feet. Prior [...]

Sugar Water Density Towers – Escape the Heat and Experiment in the Kitchen

By Blog Editor Susan Wells For this week's Sick Science! Summer Camp we experimented with density using sugar and water. Usually around this time of the summer we are looking for indoor activities to do on a rainy summer day. This summer has been extremely hot and dry across the country. Many areas are facing severe drought situations. So instead of a rainy [...]

Will I Get a Sunburn on a Cloudy Day? Testing the Power of the Sun with Energy Beads

By Blog Editor: Susan Wells My girls hate applying sunscreen in the summer. It's their least favorite activity of all time. Headed to the park? Apply sunscreen. Headed to the pool? Apply sunscreen. Headed out on a bike? Apply sunscreen. MOM!!! They always look for ways to get out of applying the sunscreen..."Mom, it's a cloudy day, we won't burn." We all know by now that you can [...]

Dangers of Opening Glow Sticks

Glow sticks are incredibly popular for their simplicity yet versatility - birthday parties, evening outdoor activities, Halloween science and so much more. They are sold at many events and are found in stores everywhere. Even Steve Spangler Science sells glow sticks. Kids love cracking them and watching the light glow like a firefly. In watching blogs and sites like Pinterest for science experiments [...]

Spectacular Science – 4th of July Activities

This is an encore posting from June, 2011 on 4th of July science activities. Many areas in Colorado have cancelled their fireworks displays this year due to extremely hot and dry conditions. Here are some ways to celebrate without fireworks or firecrackers... Independence Day is the absolute best of summer - picnics, barbecue, fireworks and family fun. Are you looking for something [...]