Science & Music – 4 Fields of Science and Their Tunes

Music makes everything better. While that might not be scientific fact, it’s an opinion that holds a lot of stock, for me. In fact, I believe that certain types or styles of music can make things better to the point of being perfect. We’ve all heard people say something along the lines of “this is the PERFECT song.” It can be [...]

School Supplies For All

When I was a little kid, one of my favorite days of the year (besides Christmas Day) was the day the newspaper posted the list of required school supplies, and Mom took us to the drug store  to buy them. I loved looking at that list, and Mom always let me put the little checkmark beside the items as we put them [...]

5 Viral Science Experiments You Didn’t Know We’ve Done Already

The term “viral” has undergone quite the makeover since the end of the 20th century. A word that used to have a connotation on par with “bacterial” has now become something that is sought after.  Going viral entails that something is spreading like proverbial wildfire. There’s viral marketing, viral memes, viral video, and viral photos. There are even viral science experiments. The [...]

Science Takes a Summer Vacation – Selfies from the Road

Although our science kits and materials don't sit on the shelves in our distribution center for long, they are still granted a summer vacation, like all of our human staff members at Steve Spangler Science. Our science kits are also not exempt from the selfie craze. We gave our science kits a one week summer vacation and let them lose in the world. [...]

Science and Helping Verbs

I love teaching Einsteinian theory, physics, and non-linear time in my basic writing classes.   Oh, it's called Chapter 10: The Perfect Tenses, but that's just a cover for what it really is: our language's ability to describe complicated scientific theories with just a handful of helping verbs. How wondrous is our language, that with the simple addition of "had" or "have," "shall" or [...]

The Fresh Prince of Science Fair

"The Fresh Prince of Science Fair" (To the tune of Will Smith's "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air") Now these are some lyrics all about when My board got judged with a pad and a pen. If you have a few seconds, just hang right there, I’ll tell you how I got a blue ribbon in the last science fair. In back of the library, past the [...]

Show us your Science Selfie & Win a Science Kit

Gone are the days of searching for a good-willed and trustworthy  passerby to ask to take a photo of you and your friend.  (Which has greatly decreased overall camera theft! ) No more sitting still while your Grandma took your picture. Well, I guess we still have to do that.. Thank you technology, for allowing us to turn the camera face around to [...]

Geodes and Diamonds – Backyard Geology

Oh, the memories of geodes!  When I was a little kid, I played a lot in the alley that divided our block in two. All of us kids played in the alley. It gave us access to the back yard of every house in the neighborhood, and it was cool in its own right. Alleys were always lined with sunflowers and hollyhocks. [...]

Little House Science: Greased Paper Windows

Animals and birds are limited  to what kind of house or nest they can build. When we discover an animal’s home, we can almost always tell what sort of animal it belongs to.  Even with birds, no two kinds will build the same sort of nest.  Some nests are tidy and tight and look just like a bird’s nest from a [...]