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YouTube for Schools Partners with Steve Spangler Science to Give Teachers Access to Amazing Videos

We are excited to announce our new partnership with YouTube EDU and the YouTube for Schools project. Students and educators now have access to our entire library of science experiment videos in the classroom. No more work arounds or third-party sites to try to show videos in the classroom. YouTube listened to what educators and parents wanted and created something that will forever change the way teachers use videos in the classroom.

To join YouTube for Schools or learn more about the program, visit www.youtube.com/schools  For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to sign up, please read this YouTube Help Center article. It’s no secret… teachers want (and need) access to YouTube in their classrooms for a multitude of great reasons. With hundreds of thousands of videos available at their fingertips, YouTube has become a Mecca, of sorts, for educators who want instant access to content that helps them strengthen their curriculum using material that is current, entertaining, educational… and free!

Over the past six years, we’ve been trying to help teachers fight what seemed to be an uphill battle with school districts who were concerned that students would be exposed to inappropriate content. While some school administrators dealt with the issue by completely banning access to YouTube.com, others tried to find creative ways to allow access to the site, but on a very restricted basis. The people at YouTube found a way to open up the tombs of educational content to schools while addressing the valid concerns of parents and educators with YouTube for Schools.

The Steve Spangler Science team caught the attention of the decision makers at YouTube with the first Mentos and Diet Coke Geyser video that made its debut on the site in September of 2005. YouTube had only been up and running for five months at that point, and this largely untapped resource proved to be an amazing platform for educators who wanted to expand their lessons beyond the physical walls of their classrooms. While none of us knew at the time what the future held in terms of using YouTube in the classroom, we had a gut feeling that YouTube was a good thing on so many levels.

YouTube worked with teachers to put together more than 300 playlists broken out by subject (Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts) and by grade level. Teachers can find these lists at youtube.com/teachers. Teachers can even offer up their own suggestions for videos they want to use in the classroom by creating their own playlist. YouTube for Schools is just the latest initiative in our ongoing efforts to make YouTube a truly valuable educational resource and to inspire learners around the world… and we’re honored to get to serve as a partner in the program.

YouTube Steve Spangler Science Partner

Fire Bubbles & Naked Eggs Book Set – 12 Days of Wonder

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

We have reached Day #12, our final day in our 12 Days of Wonder. Today’s spotlight is Steve Spangler Book Set – Fire Bubbles & Exploding Toothpaste and Naked Eggs & Flying Potatoes .

This is our final day of the 12 Days of Wonder, but continue to check the Deal of the Day every day for great savings on science toys and kits. Or, sign up to receive a daily Deal of the Day email.

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.

Day 12 of the 12 Days of Wonder features the Steve Spangler Book Set – Fire Bubbles & Exploding Toothpaste and Naked Eggs & Flying Potatoes .

Today only, this kit is our DEAL of the Day for $14.99. Regular price is $24.99.

My Review: 

Steve Spangler published his first book, Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes in 2010 and it was an instant hit for science fans and teachers everywhere. In 2011, his second book, Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste was published to the delight of his fans.

If you are looking for a book of science experiments to do with your children, Naked Eggs and Fire Bubbles are the perfect books. Each book offers a variety of experiments to do at home or at school with clear instructions, a list of simple materials, and a lesson on the science behind the activity. The experiments are easy to follow with “Let’s Try It,” “What’s Going on Here,” “Real World Applications” and “Take it Further” sections.

Fire Bubbles also offers a special “Teachers Only” section full of science demonstrations for the classroom teacher. And yes, these books make the perfect teacher gift this holiday season.

My favorite part of both books are the color photographs. Who knew science photography could be so captivating and breath-taking?

Here is a short list of experiments available in Naked Eggs:

  • Bubbling Lava Bottle
  • The Incredible Can Crusher
  • Nails for Breakfast
  • The Folding Egg
  • Quicksand Goo
  • Screaming Balloon
  • Burning Money
  • Trash Can Smoke Rings
  • Glacier Gak
  • Flying Toilet Paper

Here is a short list of the experiments in Fire Bubbles:

  • Floating Bowling Balls
  • Pop Bottle Music
  • Bouncing Smoke Bubbles
  • Walking on Eggshells
  • Balancing Nails
  • Fireproof Balloon
  • Skateboard Rocket Car

You can’t beat today’s price for both books. Purchase the set for the Deal of the Day and receive both books for the price of one. They are beautiful coffee table, classroom companion, kitchen science, or homeschooling science lessons books and so much more.

 

Grow Your Own Magic Newspaper Christmas Tree

Do you prefer a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Or do you just go with a recycled newspaper tree instead?

To make this incredibly tall and thin unique tree, take eight pages out of the newspaper and tape them end to end. Roll them all up into a tube. Using very strong and sturdy scissors, make several cuts from the top of the tube to about halfway down. Now reach in and start pulling the paper upward. The tree will start to grow and grow and grow.

Grab the tinsel, the lights and a few ornaments and you’ve got yourself one unique Christmas tree for all to admire.

For step by step instructions and a little science, visit the Newspaper tree experiment on SteveSpanglerScience.com.

 

Big Bag of Science – 12 Days of Wonder

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

We have reached Day #8 in our 12 Days of Wonder. Today’s spotlight science toy is Big Bag of Science.

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, Jill from Single Mom on a Budget 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 8 of the 12 Days of Wonder features the Big Bag of Science.

Today only, this kit is our DEAL of the Day for $21.99. Regular price is $39.99.

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Zoomy Digital Microscope – 12 Days of Wonder

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

We have reached Day #7 in our 12 Days of Wonder. Today’s spotlight science toy is Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope.

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, Kristin from Ziggity Zoom 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 7 of the 12 Days of Wonder features the Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope.

Today only, this kit is our DEAL of the Day for $50.99. Regular price is $59.99.

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