What does 3,000 Alka-Seltzer Tablets, 3,000 film canisters and Steve Spangler have in common with the Ellen DeGeneres Show?
Steve demonstrated the explosive power of carbon dioxide when thousands of film canisters rained down on the Ellen set Wednesday. Cameras were covered, Ellen dressed in a rain coat, safety goggles and a hard hat and even Tony had an umbrella for protection. To say Steve blew the roof off of the Ellen Show is saying Mentos and Diet Coke make a small mess.
Actor Rainn Wilson of SoulPancake – a website where life’s big questions are debated, mixed and turned to batter – recently made a visit to the Spangler Labs. He sat down with Steve Spangler and asked about the science of love.
When Steve didn’t quite have the answer, he vamped a little and tried to answer the question the best he could…
Did you wonder why Steve and Rainn never appear together in the same shot? They each shot their part in different studios – Steve in Englewood, Colorado and Rainn in Los Angeles. Our two teams met last February at a YouTube workshop. Both The Spangler Effect and SoulPancake are part of YouTube EDU and one of the 100 original channels on YouTube.
YouTube encouraged channels to collaborate, so the masterminds behind SoulPancake and The Spangler Effect put their heads together and came up with a two-sided video that showed off each channels’ personality and style. The result was a fun interview-style parody that asked the question, “What’s the science of love?” The video is beautifully edited by our own Executive Video Producer, Bradley Mayhew.
Here are a few behind the scenes photos from the shoot on our end…
For more information on the experiments Steve used or to purchase the kits, please visit the pages below.
Bouncing Bubbles Are you a true bubble-ologist? Have you ever bounced a bubble? Can you squeeze a bubble? Are you a true bubble trickster? With this kit you will be able to do all of this and more! The amazing bubble concentrate makes 4 Liters (1 gallon) worth of incredible bubble solution. You will also receive some of the best bubble blowers on the market and gloves so you can actually touch and play with a bubble – AMAZING! So go ahead, mix up a batch and discover the true beauty of a bubble! Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Energy Stick The Energy Stick is the newest tool in experimenting with open and closed circuits. Completely safe to touch and handle, the Energy Stick features electrodes on each end of its 7.5″ long tube. When these electrodes are touched simultaneously, long-lasting LED lights inside the tube flash and the tube makes a noise. Release one or both of the electrodes and the flashing lights and noise stop. Do it over and over again… it works every time!
Geyser Tube The Geyser Tube™ is a loading tube for the now famous Diet Coke geyser powered by MENTOS®. If you’ve ever tried doing the experiment, you know how difficult it can be to drop the MENTOS® into the bottle before the reaction takes off… and you’re soaking wet. The Geyser Tube will give you a perfect launch every time with time to stand back.
Attach the Geyser Tube to any bottle of soda (but diet soda works best because it’s not sticky – no sugar!)
Secure the trigger pin in place. Load the MENTOS® into the tube, lock the special pressurizing nozzle in place and pull the pin.
Space Phone If you thought a string connecting two soup cans was a major form of telecommunication (or at least better than Cingular), Space Phones are guaranteed to knock your socks off. The two cones amplify sounds and vibrations when the spring is stretched, making wild and wacky sounds. Includes instructions and a study guide on the principles of sound. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Growing up, I did not like science. It was by far my least favorite subject. I didn’t understand it and it certainly wasn’t fun. With exception to an amazing physics teacher in high school, I never had any other teachers who helped me see any value in science. I did have great teachers… just not in science.
Now I’m the mother of a science nut! I have a son that is crazy about science. He is smart and curious and has a strong desire to learn all he can about science. As his mom, I feel an obligation to teach him all I can, and help encourage the good things he is interested in. A few years ago this was a problem, because I still didn’t like science. However, I knew I had to get over that to help encourage my son’s desire to learn. So, I did what I needed to… I faked it. I pretended to love science. I also researched simple science concepts, and found lots of science experiments to do with my kids. Thank goodness our kids start out small so I didn’t have to know a lot in the beginning.
Soon enough, I didn’t have to fake a love for science; I really did love it! I began to love it because I found out it could be interesting and fun. Steve Spangler has been my main resource for everything science because he has such a fun way to present all concepts. His videos are especially helpful and entertaining to watch.
If you are a teacher or parent who wants to create unforgettable learning experiences, copy Steve’s enthusiasm and have fun with your kids. Don’t lecture! It’s easiest to learn when you are having fun. Make things explode, create a mess, and learn about the things around you. Science is awesome!
Here are some of my favorite ideas from Steve Spangler. Don’t just watch the videos, read how things work. Steve’s explanations are easy to understand and so fascinating! If you don’t see an explanation for how something works, click on tabs surrounding a video or product until you do. You are going to feel so smart when you see how simple science concepts help you understand complex principles.
Egg Drop – Newton’s Law of Inertia is Awesome! I still can’t believe this worked so easily!
Boo Bubbles - You have to try this! However, if the Boo Bubble container isn’t in your budget, you could try this experiment to build your own.
I am a mom to two great kids. My son Luke is a science lover. He is so passionate about science, that he has gotten the rest of the family excited about it, including his artsy little sister, Megan. In our house, we are constantly looking for new ways to learn and experiment. We talk about science every day, and once a week have Luke’s friends over for his “Monkey Mind Science Club”. Steve Spangler has been our main resource when we want to learn something new. In the day, when I’m not talking science with my kids, I’m busy selling real estate in Salt Lake City. Occasionally I have time for my hobbies too, which include skiing, hiking, photography, graphic design and blogging.