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Wrecking Ball Science – Will the Bowling Ball Smash the News Anchor's Face?

Who else but Steve shows up at a television studio and makes a request to hang a 16-pound bowling ball from the ceiling? It’s for science, silly, and a lesson in the Laws of Motion.

9News Anchorman Mark Koebrich helped Steve demonstrate energy and motion. When hung on a rope, the bowling ball becomes a pendulum. The ball swings back and forth. If Steve swings the ball and adds energy by pushing it like a kid on a swing, the ball will swing back farther than where it started.

If Steve asks Mark to stand in front of the swinging ball and lets it go, the ball should return only to its starting point and not go beyond it. This demonstrates that you only get out what you put in.

The key is not to move when the bowling ball comes swinging back at your head.

There is a life lesson in this experiment as well – you only get out what you put in.

Join Steve Spangler and Kathy Sabine for Weather and Science Day 2012 at Coors Field

Join us for the third annual Weather & Science Day on Wednesday, May 2nd at 10:30 AM, before the Rockies game against the Dodgers at Coors Field.

Weather and Science Day 2009 resulted in a Guinness World Record for the Largest Physics Lesson. Weather and Science Day 2011 resulted in the stands exploding with a choreographed song played by everyone in unison and a giant cannon shooting clouds across the outfield. What will happen at this year’s Weather and Science Day? You’d better sign up to make sure you don’t miss the fun.

Students and their teachers can purchase special rate tickets for Weather and Science Day and stay for the game. The science demonstrations and weather lessons will be along the first base line. Students will then move to their assigned seats for the game.

Weather and Science Day is for school groups, but any science enthusiast who has a ticket to the game can come early and join in the excitement for learning.


Schedule May 2, 2012 – Coors Field

9:30 a.m.                        Gates A, B, and C Open
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.       Weather & Science Wonders
1:10 p.m.                          Rockies vs. Dodgers

Special ticket rates are available for schools, and bus parking is free:

  • Rockpile: $4
  • Upper level: $11
  • Mid-level: $15
  • Outfield Box: $18

Schools will receive a special bus pass and parking.

The Rockies ask that everyone attending Weather and Science Day arrive as early as possible. The wait to enter the ballpark could take up to 30 minutes.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, call 303-312-2208 or email donnellyr@coloradorockies.com. Or visit the 9News.com story about Weather and Science Day.

Prohibited Items
*Glass bottles and aluminum or metal cans (including aerosol cans, aerosol sunscreen)
*All hard-sided coolers and containers, regardless of size
*All soft-sided bags and containers larger than 16″x16″x8″
*Sticks or clubs (including signs attached to sticks)
*Beachballs, balloons and other inflatables
*Any fruit or vegetable larger than a grapefruit must be sliced
*Insulated coolers, cups and thermoses larger than 22 oz.
*Boxes (to hold sack lunches, etc.)

Permitted Items
*Plastic beverage containers
*Soft-sided bags or containers 16″x 16″x 8″ or smaller
*Insulated cups or thermoses 22 ounces or smaller
*Food items
*Umbrellas during the threat of inclement weather. Please only compact umbrellas (28″ – 34″ span).
*Paper or plastic cups with permitted beverages
*Potato chip or nut cardboard cans with metal tops or bottoms

Curious about what happened last year or want to relive the fun? Visit our Science and Weather Day page.

The "Take the Stairs" Tour Rolls into Steve Spangler Science

Blog Editor Susan Wells

All of us at Steve Spangler Science know we do not work at your average company. We don’t even work at a normal company. When you show up in the morning you never know what is in store for the day.

So when Steve made the announcement that author Rory Vaden was going to stop by and bring his large tour bus into our parking lot, we didn’t know if he was kidding or serious. At 1:30 p.m., when the huge, black tour bus pulled into our parking lot, we realized Steve was actually serious this time. We all went out to meet the bus and Rory.

Steve and Rory know each other through the National Speakers Association. Rory was in Denver to promote his book, Take the Stairs.

Take the Stairs will help you get motivated, improve your self-discipline and learn strategies for taking action in your life. The book is #1 on USA Today, #1 Wall Street Journal, #1 Amazon and #2 New York Times Best Seller. The Take the Stairs bus tour is going across the country hosting live events to raise money for America’s schools. He hosted three events in the Denver area. To see where Rory will be next and register for an event, please visit his website.

Rory gave us all a tour of his deluxe rock star bus. Did I mention that it was huge? Rory and his staff are traveling the country in style. They have a flat screen TV and Wii just in case they get bored. I wish my house was as supreme as this bus.

Steve gave Rory some science toys to help break the boredom if the Wii loses its appeal. We loaded up his bus with Screaming Balloons, BoomWhackers and Geyser Tubes. Rory gave us all a copy of his book.

Thanks, Rory, and the entire Take the Stairs team for stopping by and breaking up the doldrums of just another day at Steve Spangler Science.

Steve Burns News Anchor's Money and Sprays Her with Fire Extinguisher

It was Steve’s first time working with 9News anchor Corey Rose. Someone should have warned Corey to go light on the hairspray and wear fire retardant clothes. She also should have never handed Steve a $20 bill.

During this segment, Steve performed the Burning Money experiment. Soak a bill in rubbing alcohol and water, then light it on fire. Surprisingly, the money does not burn, because the water evaporates while the alcohol is burning. The evaporation cools the bill and prevents it from burning.

When she wasn’t looking, Steve switched the bills and lit the fake one on fire. Corey was stunned and believed he had burned her money. He also shot her with the fire extinguisher just to wrap it all up.

Steve's 13th Appearance on the Ellen Show – In Case You Missed It

On February, 29, 2012, Leap Day, Steve Spangler made his 13th appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. As always, he brought some of his favorite, explosive and nail biting experiments. Ellen, who never wants to know what Steve is doing before the show, refused to stand in front of a swinging bowling ball. (We can’t imagine why.) The swinging bowling ball demonstrated potential and kinetic energy. Lauren, Ellen’s staff writer, stood in front of the swinging ball and hoped it didn’t come back and hit her in the face. Next, Steve showed Ellen the fast and easy way to crush soda cans and a 5 gallon drum.

Watch the entire segment from The Ellen DeGeneres Show >