The Beauty of Clouds

Ever since I was little, clouds have fascinated me.   A simple little visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere,  I realize, but mesmerizing, nonetheless.  Storm clouds have especially intrigued me over the years, and with weather season right around the corner there is no better time to talk about clouds, then now! As a child I would lay in the [...]

STEM and Humanities are The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter, a film by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is an illustration of why we need to build an education system that goes well beyond the teaching and memorizing of facts and the ability to regurgitate those facts on a standardized test. The Heart of the Matter from americanacad on Vimeo. We need to give the students [...]

Connecting the Dots Between Each Lesson

Yes, it's true;  I use all kinds of science in my writing labs to help my students connect the dots,  from one cool thing to another.  I've done this for many years.  And guess what: this WORKS. Here's the thing about learning: everything is connected to everything else. As soon as a student understands this one little point, things change. Today's lesson instantly connects to [...]

Lab Ladies: Welcoming Women in Science

Let’s get something straight: I possess a Y-chromosome and am a male. This single distinguishing factor, splitting our species in two since “a long time ago” was the present, means different things to different people. To the “funny” side of the internet, this means I’m frustratingly clueless. Car insurance agencies view me as more hazardous behind the wheel (until I’m 26). Science [...]

Back to School with Steve Spangler Science

Do I smell freshly sharpened pencils?  Is that the clicking sound of a brand new protractor?  Are you surrounded by notebooks, fun new pens and markers that you're dying to use? Yes!  It's back to school time! Not ready for back to school?   Wondering who do you turn to for help to start your new school year off right?   Back to School with Steve [...]

Do You Love or Hate Back to School Supply Shopping?

The smell of 24 newly sharpened pencils is in the air - it must be time for Back to School supply shopping. It's an emotional and expensive time of year for parents. Their babies are taking another step towards adulthood - entering a new grade and sometimes even a new school - be it kindergarten, middle school, high school or college. Don't forget [...]

#SpanglerSelfie Winners!

Well, you've done it! You've allowed yourself to be sucked in by the selfie craze... and we LOVE IT!!  We are ecstatic that you are enjoying Steve Spangler Science product, so much that you have chosen to include them in your #SpangerSelfie! Our Spangler Team definitely had a tough time judging all the wonderful selfies that we have received.  But we finally came up with  the [...]

Backyard Archaeology

There is genuine archaeology in your back yard; you don't have to travel to Greece, or Pompeii, or the La Brea Tar Pits to discover archaeological artifacts and fossils, you know.  More often than you think, these things (maybe not the dinosaur bones, but you never know!) can be found in the back yard.  Let's talk about artifacts first and save [...]

Back Yard Geology: Crinoid Stems

There are crinoid stems everywhere; they were once so prolific they covered the bottom of the sea like a crop of wheat! The Midwest was once part of a great prehistoric sea, and where there is a sea, there are sea creatures. Where there WAS a sea, there are sea creature fossils. And limestone, which is a sedimentary rock made up, mostly, [...]

Blast Back to School with End of Summer Fun!

As the long lazy summer days begin to dwindle and the new school year fast approaches,  it's a rush to pack in all of your summer fun. Wait a minute.., do I see you moping?  That is no way to enjoy the last few days of vacation time. Turn that frown upside down and blast back to school with end of summer fun! Not sure what to do [...]