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New Sick Science! Kits Honored with Family Fun Award at New York’s Toy Fair

A huge thanks to the people at FamilyFun Magazine who honored our brand new Sick Science! kits with their FamilyFun award at the 2014 Toy Fair in New York.

Steve Spangler Science & Be Amazing Toys New Sick Science! Kits Win FamilyFun Award at Toy Fair

We are at Toy Fair with over 1,000 toy manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors from around the world. The come together every year to premiere and show off the best new toy and entertainment products.

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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.

Fizzing Baking Soda and Vinegar Valentines Hearts | Sick Science Steve Spangler Science

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 from all the vinegar, it’s safe to touch.

Fizzing Baking Soda and Vinegar Valentines Hearts | Sick Science Steve Spangler Science

Materials

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Heart shape bowl, ice forms or cookie sheet molds
  • Spoon
  • Bowl or plate

Fizzing Baking Soda and Vinegar Valentines Hearts | Sick Science Steve Spangler Science

Let’s Try it! 

(Measurements aren’t exact and will depend on size of mold. Proportions are more important)
1. Combine 3/4 vinegar to 1/4 water in heart shaped mold and freeze.
2. Combine 3/4 baking soda to 1/4 water in heart shaped mold and freeze.
3. Place frozen vinegar heart in 3/4 baking soda and 1/4 water solution.
4. Place frozen baking soda heart in pure vinegar bath.

Fizzing Baking Soda and Vinegar Valentines Hearts | Sick Science Steve Spangler Science

We found the frozen baking soda hearts fizzed and reacted much more than the frozen vinegar hearts.

The Science Behind the Reaction

The baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (acetic acid) reaction actually occurs in two steps.

First, the acetic acid in the vinegar reacts with the sodium bicarbonate to make sodium acetate and carbonic acid. The carbonic acid is unstable and basically decomposes in a reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas. The CO2 gas escapes as bubbles. These bubbles are heavier than air, so they sink or run over the plate edge, versus taking flight.

Some people add dish soap to this reaction to capture the bubbles and help the solution flow. Try adding a squirt or two of dish detergent on top of your heart and see if anything different happens.

Or try different proportions of vinegar, water and baking soda. What are your results?

Fizzing Baking Soda and Vinegar Valentines Hearts | Sick Science Steve Spangler Science

Thanks to Inspiration Laboratories where we found this original idea.

Sick Science! Apparel Now Available – Show Off Your Passion for Science

Our Sick Science! Experiments are a global phenomena and are seen from southern California McDonald’s and to Saudi Arabia.

They are the brainchild of our amazing video team and originate on our Sick Science! YouTube channel. The videos demonstrate simple science experiments you can do at home with minimal materials.

Sick Science! Apparel Now Available for Teachers, Parents, Students and Science Fanatics

We have t-shirts, mugs, hats, stickers and even an apron with the Sick Science! logo. Perfect for teacher gifts, science fanatics, or anyone who loves Sick Science. Visit our store on CafePress >

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Boiling Water Turns Into Snow in Subzero Temps a Hoax

As two-thirds of the country is gripped in the clutches of a Polar Vortex, many are spending time outside in the cold trying to create instant snow.

Throwing Hot Water into Freezing Air Does Not Create Instant Snow - It's a Hoax | Steve Spangler Science

Internet videos and stories are telling people to head outdoors in the subzero temps with a pot of boiling water. They claim when you throw the hot water into the freezing air, the result will be instant snowfall.

We hate to burst your frozen bubbles everyone, but this is a hoax. When you throw hot water into cold air, you do get a cool reaction of water vapor and condensation, but you don’t get snowflakes. Only some of the hot water will condensate, but most of it will fall back down to the ground. Many people have been burned after throwing hot water above their head and having it fall down on top of them.

If you want to try this on a safer, smaller scale, you will get the same result from placing a steaming cup of hot coffee in the freezer.

While the reaction of throwing the hot water into the cold air is pretty dramatic, it isn’t creating snowfall. Snowflakes are created when a water droplet attaches to a piece of dirt or dust in a cloud. The hot water droplets don’t have time to attach to anything before they fall back to earth.

If you are in the areas with extreme cold and want to use your scientific skills to experiment and learn, here are a few safe experiments to try. And remember, don’t stay outside very long. It doesn’t take a lot of time for skin to freeze or frostbite to set in. Go out in small bursts and get back where it’s warm.

 Throwing boiling water into freezing air during the Polar Vortex to make instant snow is a HOAX | Steve Spangler Science

Steve Spangler Learning DVD's – A Classroom Resource

Do you love Sick Science!™ as much as we do?

Do you lay awake at night wondering who’s torso is performing the experiments (hint it isn’t Steve).

What about that catchy music? Da da da da. Da da da da. Da ding. Ding.

Sick Science! Steve Spangler Science DVD - Hands-on Science Experiments

Sick Science! is all about bringing science to life through hands-on exploration that uses items found right in your own home or classroom. The series will have young scientists engaging with physics demonstrations, uncovering secret messages, unlocking the baby diaper secret, and mixing colors in brand new ways. This “sick” style of learning will capture the minds and imaginations of everyone involved.

The demonstrations are simple and easy to replicate.

Now, you can watch those videos anywhere with our Sick Science! DVD Collection, Volumes One and Two. Each volume comes with 10 hands-on experiments you can do in your home or classroom without a lot of fancy or expensive materials.

Sick Science! Volume 1 DVD - Hands-on Science Experiments

Sick Science™ Volume 1

  • Why Does Water Rise?
  • American Flag Optical Illusion
  • Ultimate Gooey Slime
  • Spooky Halloween Beverage
  • The Coin Drop
  • Dry Ice Bubbling Acid
  • Dry Ice Smoke Ring Launcher
  • Toothpick Star Table Trick
  • Balancing Utensils Table Trick
  • The Tablecloth Trick

All videos end with a question about the experiment. After you watch the experiments, switch over to the Science Behind section where Steve Spangler explains how each experiment works and answers the question (in case you are stumped). He will also show you how to take it further as a science fair project or in-depth learning tool.

Sick Science! Volume 2 DVD - Hands-on Science Experiments

Sick Science™ Volume 2

  • Magic Traveling Flame
  • Amazing 9 Layer Density Tower
  • Pendulum Catch
  • Secret Message
  • Cork in the Bottle
  • Taco Sauce Penny Cleaner
  • Baby Diaper Secret
  • Color Changing Milk
  • Color Mixing Wheel
  • Color Changing Carnations

The videos are aimed at parents and teachers who want to amaze their children and instill a sense of wonder and discovery.

Sick Science! Spooky Halloween DVD - Hands-on Science Experiments

And in time for Halloween, we have a special edition of Sick Science! The Spooky Halloween Science DVD contains 10 slimy, creepy, glowing activities to celebrate the holiday. Here are the experiments that are included -

  • Ultimate Gooey Slime
  • Dry Ice Floating Bubble
  • Goldenrod Paper Message
  • Boo Bubble – Dry Ice Science
  • Black Light – Secret Message
  • Smoking Bubbles
  • Dry Ice Crystal Ball Bubble
  • Gravi-Goo
  • Ghost Marbles
  • Dry Ice Smoke Ring Launcher

So order our DVD Sick Science! Series today. Then come back and share your experiences in the comments below. What worked best for you and what was a #fail?