Science Experiments!

For some students, the science fair is coming up pretty soon, and it's high time they started thinking about some cool experiments. For other students, the science fair is a long way off, but even so, it's never too soon to start thinking about some cool experiments. Whether you need some ideas really soon, or whether you'll need some ideas down the road [...]

Color Changing Flowers

Steve Spangler has admitted that most plants have a drinking problem, so I thought I'd see for myself if that was true. I experimented with capillary action and color changing flowers. I started out with four clear vases.  I didn't have any two that were alike, but that just makes my experiment more interesting. Since I would be dealing with fresh flowers, my next [...]

Not Everyone Hates The Science Fair!

Science Fairs get a lot of bad press these days, and I don't like it. Honestly? I think the only bad science fair is a science fair that a child is FORCED to enter every year. You heard me. The science fair should be 100% voluntary, most of the time.   Maybe it would be better if fifth grade, for example, was a [...]

The Experiment of the Week Keeps Them Interested in Science!

School has started for most students by now, and many parents are wondering how to keep their kids interested in science - and other subjects - after school and on weekends.  My suggestion to these concerned and interested parents is to subscribe to the Experiment of the Week! Once you subscribe, you'll get a super interesting science experiment in your email once [...]

Valentines Science – Frozen Baking Soda and Vinegar Hearts

Baking soda and vinegar experiments begin with the classic science fair volcano and end with homemade rockets. It's not surprising - this reaction creates bubbly, fizzing potions that are fun to create over and over. We decided to put a Valentines twist on the baking soda and vinegar experiment and try it with frozen hearts. The best part? Even though this experiment stinks [...]

A Behind the Scenes Look at Science Fair Judging

By Blog Editor Susan Wells A few weeks ago, I was asked to be a judge at a local middle school's 8th grade science fair. I was so excited to volunteer to take on title of Science Fair Judge for the first time. I had no idea what to really expect or how to perform my judging duties as I drove to the [...]

Science Fair 911 – What If My Results Are Wrong?

By Blog Editor Susan Wells We take a lot of calls during science fair season and throughout the year from students and their parents for help on projects. One question we receive more than most is a concern when the results of the project didn't support the hypothesis or have the intended outcome. Let's start with the hypothesis. What is a hypothesis? After you [...]

Enter Parenting Magazine's Virtual Science Fair and Win $5,000

Our own Steve Spangler is a judge in the Parenting Magazine's Innovator's of Tomorrow Energizer Science Fair. Enter and you could win $5,000 and an opportunity to be featured in a 2012 issue of Parenting School Years Magazine. Children must complete their projects, but only parents can enter the online contest. The contest is open to children ages 6 to 12 years of [...]

Science Fair 911 – Tips for Teachers

By Guest Blogger Debbie Leibold  So, you're about to assign science fair projects to your students… now what? No need to worry, the Spangler Science team has some tips to make the science fair fun, interesting, and educational for your students (and easier for you)! First and foremost, if you are excited about the science fair, your students are sure to share your [...]

Science Fair 911 – Tips for Students

By Blog Editor Susan Wells  Whether you are required to participate in your school's science fair or if you are trying to decide whether or not to volunteer to participate, the hardest part of getting started is finding a project. I have organized my school's science fair for several years now, and I have found that once the project is picked, the kids [...]