Tag Archives: Science in the Rockies – Getting Ready

Altitude Awareness in the Mile High City

Denver is the Mile High City… that means those of you traveling from lower elevations might notice a little less oxygen at 5280 ft than what you are used to. Although not a large risk, some people traveling from lower elevations can have trouble with altitude sickness at this elevation. Some tips for avoiding altitude sickness are…

  • Drink LOTS of fluids
  • Take it easy at first
  • Reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption
  • Decrease salt intake
  • Eat low fat, high carb meals
  • Get lots of rest (which you will need to keep up with Steve anyway!)

What to Expect for the Denver Climate

Denver has mild summers with dry heat & manageable, but sometimes unpredictable, temperatures. The best way to plan for Denver weather is to dress in layers. Some recommendations would be to bring a light jacket or sweater for the evenings & a light rain jacket or umbrella for afternoon storms. There can be a difference of as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit between daytime temperatures & nighttime temperatures!  The saying goes… “If you don’t like the weather in Denver… wait 10 minutes!”

Spangler Science Videos – The Editor's Top Picks for Best of 2008

There’s only one problem with these “best of” video lists… someone has to actually sort through all of the videos and come up with a list! Props to our genius video editor, Bradley Mayhew, for all of his editing magic in 2008. When the year starts out with 4,500 pounds of cornstarch and water and a cement truck on The Ellen Degeneres Show… you know it’s going to be quite a year! Our video and experiment library has grown to almost 400, with 70 new science videos added to our science video library just this year. Selecting our Top 10 Videos for the year was tough, but here are our personal favorites. Let us know what you think…

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Not Your Typical Summer Science Workshop – Science in the Rockies

Spangler Summer Science WorkshopJust look at these pictures from Science in the Rockies last year and you’ll see why we don’t consider this your typical summer science workshop for teachers. Do not plan to attend Science in the Rockies 2008 if you are motivated by PowerPoint presentation, like quiet reading time from an outdated science text, hate to get your hands dirty, or have a fear of flying potatoes. One teacher described Science in the Rockies as the science methods class she never had but really needed!

Science in the Rockies 2008 is scheduled for July 9-11 in Denver at the Sheraton Denver West conference center. Registration is still open, but as of this morning there are fewer than two dozen spots available. Years ago, teachers who took this workshop called it a “science boot camp” – an intensive experience designed to inspire, motivate and move you into action… and the concept stuck. This boot camp is for K-5 teachers who need creative science integration strategies… who are tired of trying to “squeeze” science into their already packed teaching schedule… and who want to make science even more fun and meaningful in their classroom.

Join us in Denver in July for a truly one of a kind experience.

More than One Spangler? The Science Ambassador Program

Angela Morgan

It’s just part of being a speaker… strange things happen while you’re on the road. I recently presented a full-day science training for teachers in the Chicago area when a lady approached me just prior to the start of the workshop. She wanted to know how long I had been speaking for Steve Spangler. I laughed and told her that I was Steve Spangler. Her immediate response was, “Oh, I heard that Steve doesn’t present workshops any more – he just sends someone out in his place.”

I’ve been speaking professionally for almost 18 years, and I’ve never been able to find anyone who wants my job! I later learned that this woman had attended a conference where one of our Spangler Science Ambassadors presented a workshop. It dawned on me that I haven’t talked much about our Ambassador program, and I can see where people might be confused.

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