Dismembered Body Parts: Day Five

Dismembered body parts: day five?  What happened to Day Four? Sorry about day four.  I went to a Renaissance Faire dressed like Minerva McGonagall.  Any questions? Moving right along to Day Five, the polymer body parts have almost filled the jar.  All but two of them are still floating, but one of the noses is on the bottom of the jar.  Do you [...]

Hands-on Science at Home: Needless or Necessary?

Some of us grew up with fantastic science teachers. Mrs. Russell, Mr. Steward, and Mr. Landis are names that you won’t necessarily recognize, but they’re the three science teachers I’ve had in my entire lifetime. I will never forget them, because they were and are awesome science teachers. (Forget the fact that I graduated with less than 20 kids in my [...]

Dismembered Polymer Body Parts, Days 2 & 3

You saw how tiny the dry polymer body parts were in my first post about dismembered body parts.  Polymers absorb the liquid quickly, some more quickly than others, but all absorb pretty fast.  Our dismembered polymer body parts, packed away since last October and dry as bones (body parts. bones.  I crack myself up sometimes!) wasted no time in starting to [...]

Dismembered Mad Scientist Body Parts, Pt. 1

It's October, so of course I had to get out my Spangler Science Growing  Body Parts and start my annual October growth-fest of the macabre!  Is that an alligator in there with the dismembered body parts?  Well, naturally.  If you were an alligator, wouldn't you go where the body parts were?  It's like an alligator buffet of good things to eat!  (The [...]

Why Early Childhood Science Education is Important

Steve Spangler recently participated in #TeacherFriends Twitter chat and met some amazing teachers. Here are the questions and his longer-formatted answers about science education today. 1. Why is early childhood science education important? For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do [...]

Science Craft – Halloween Bead Patterns

This cute activity is perfect for a Halloween party or crafting afternoon. We used Color Changing UV Beads in these Pony Bead Critters that can hang from backpacks, zippers, lockers, classroom ceilings, party favor bags or wherever. They will even change color in the sunlight. Here's step-by-step instructions on how to make a skull using UV Beads. We've also included links to other sites that [...]

Little House Science: The Milk-Fed Pumpkin

I think there might be more science in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Farmer Boy” than in all the other Little House books combined, and that, my friends, is a huge, heavy, awesome load of science! “Farmer Boy” is the story of Laura’s husband Almanzo’s boyhood, on a huge farm in New York State, and since his family grew or made almost everything they [...]

Preparing for Halloween Parties

The temperature is getting cooler and it's starting to get dark earlier.  Leaves are changing on the trees and pumpkin flavored items are starting to arrive in the super markets.    It's a great time to drink cider and shop for new science gear. (wink, wink) Yes, it's officially becoming fall! What else do we enjoy during the fall?  Oh yeah, that autumnal celebration with [...]

The Single Most Important Lesson

*Note: This blog post is the opinion of the author and does not reflect the opinions of Steve Spangler Science or it’s affiliates. Also, keep in mind that this is a humorous column and should be read with a light heart and mind. (more…)

5 Cool Science Experiments Using Pretty Much Nothing But Water!

You don't need to spend a lot of money on science supplies. Heck, with these, all you need to do is turn on the water faucet! 1.  Okay, ice is water, right?  How do ice skaters glide across the ice so smoothly and quickly?  It’s all about the science.  Get out a dinner plate and put a large glass on it, upside [...]