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Science Fair 911 – Display Boards

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

You’ve picked the perfect project, pulled together your materials and variables, conducted your experiment. You can see the finish line. But there is one last piece of the science fair project that remains…the project display board.

I’ve been surprised in my working with students and their parents that the display board can make even the most confident scientists to break out in a sweat.

Don’t sweat the display board – this is where your hard work and creativity really get to shine. It is a display that tells the story of all of your efforts and gives the first impression of your project.

Here are a few tips: 

  • Keep it simple, neat and organized.
  • Start with a powerful title. You want to grab the judges’ and visitors’ attention. A title like “Mentos and Diet Coke Geysers” is nice, but it doesn’t jump out. Try something like “Icky Sticky Soda Geysers – Which One Makes the Biggest Mess?”
  • Use your imagination and make it attractive. Use pictures, 3-D objects, colors, graphs, charts or illustrations to draw in your audience.
  • Know your facts. Make sure your report, data, materials and conclusions are all well-written and thoroughly researched.
  • Practice and review. Practice your science fair speech in front of friends and family. Ask them to ask you questions about your project and rehearse your answers.

A good science fair project includes: 

BIG QUESTION: What are you trying to find out?
HYPOTHESIS: An “I think … “ statement. What do you think will happen?
MATERIALS: A list of supplies for your experiment
VARIABLE: Something that changes in your experiment
PROCEDURE: The steps you take to run your tests
DATA: A graph or chart that shows the results of your test
BIG DISCOVERY: What happened? Explain your results
CONCLUSION: So what? What did you learn?
I WONDER: What does your experiment make you wonder about?

Here is a sample of how to lay out your board: 

Science Fair Board Example Steve Spangler Science

Eepy Bird Launches Their Version of the Mentos & Coke Rocket Car

Ever since our first video that went viral in 2005, people have been dropping Mentos into Diet Coke and other sodas for fun and hopefully for a little science too. No one has been more creative than the guys at Eepy Bird, who recently built a car that runs on Coke and Mentos geysers. This is their second attempt at the car and after some modifications and test drives, they ran it at a local race track.

Their geyser soda car is built using 54 bottles of Coke Zero and 324 Mentos. It runs on a piston mechanism with 6′ tubes attached to the soda bottles. The tubes each have a 6′ rod inside. The pressure from the reaction pushes the rods out of the tubes to push the car off the wall. It’s all coasting from there.

The video of their geyser rocket car has become popular on YouTube. Unfortunately, this isn’t something anyone can build and run themselves. If you want to run your own version of the Mentos Geyser Rocket, check out our Mentos Geyser Car. It’s fun, it’s science and it fits in your arms. Read some reviews on the Geyser car for more information.

 

 

Mentos Geyser Car – 12 Days of Wonder

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

We have reached Day #9 in our 12 Days of Wonder. Today’s spotlight science toy is Geyser Car.

Steve Spangler Science is celebrating the 12 Days of Wonder and highlighting our top 12 science toys and kits that are perfect to put under the tree. As blog editor, social media coordinator and mom of two budding scientists, I will share my review of each product. Steve Spangler Science also found 12 respected, popular mom bloggers to each test and review one of our 12 science gifts. I will include a link to their blogs and their honest reviews of each gift idea at the bottom of this post. Today, Sarah from Moose Tracks and Tater Stacks shares her review. The kit is also the Deal of the Day. So check our blog every day for the next few weeks to learn all about our 12 Days of Wonder.

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Wonder features the Geyser Car.

Today only, this kit is our DEAL of the Day for $12.50. Regular price is $24.99.

My Review: 

I brought the Geyser Car to our Thanksgiving dinner. It served as our after dinner entertainment.

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Back to School Block Party Welcomes the Return to Learning While Raising Money for a Good Cause

Local mom and science fan, Vicki Soriano, knows how to get her kids and all of the families in her neighborhood excited about back to school time. They hold a Back to School Bash to say goodbye to summer and get back into learning mode.
How does a party stimulate the mind ? It’s simple, this block party is all about learning and engaging through educational games and activities.

Vicki is an oncology nurse who not only gets everyone excited about school, but she also raises money for charity. The neighbors donate money to help Brent’s Place, a place that supports families and children battling cancer. This year, she raised $800 – the largest amount collected in the 5 years that she has been throwing the bash.
This is no simple block party. Vicki made school bus cutouts and decorates the street with a back to school theme.
The bash includes an Opening Ceremony. The kids

participate in fun activities like roaming scavenger hunts, magic
shows and water games.
One of the favorite games is the “Go To School” obstacle course, that includes school activities like washing hands, cleaning your room and making a meal (Lunch Mayhem.) New this year was the Minute to Win It challenge. Our favorite activities at the party are the science experiments. This year the neighbors launched Diet Coke and Mentos Geysers with Geyser Tubes provided by Steve Spangler Science. They also did one of our favorite experiments, Color Changing Milk.
Every child also receives a goodie bag full of fun back to school items.
We think everyone should get this excited about back to school time.

Wordless Wednesday: Teachers Go for Distance – a 12 Foot Mentos & Diet Coke Soda Geyser

A teacher attending Julie Gintzler’s Story Time Slime this weekend in Springfield, Illinois took this picture of Julie launching a 12 foot geyser!

Julie left the bottles of Diet Coke in her car with a 104 degree heat index for the day. The hot soda was the perfect ingredient to blast some super high geysers. That may be one for the Geyser Hall of Fame.