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Join Us at the Tattered Cover Book Store for a Fire Bubbles & Exploding Toothpaste Book Signing

For Steve’s Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes book signing, we shot off Mentos and Diet Coke Geysers in the parking lot and had a liquid Nitrogen parade at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Highlands Ranch. We have more experiments and surprises for the Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste book signing this week. Who knows what we will do.

The Tattered Cover is used to authors coming in, reading an excerpt from their book and signing a few books. With Steve Spangler book signings, they must check the smoke detectors, warn the fire department and declare a “wet” and “dry” zone (no soda geysers or other science eruptions near the book shelves).

Come to the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch this Wednesday, December 7th at 6 p.m. and see what Steve Spangler and crew will do this time. This will be a kid-friendly book signing like no other. We will have special hands-on activities that are sure to keep the kids engaged and you smiling.

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Science Guy Returns to KXTV Sacramento for More Informal Science Lessons

You might remember Steve’s trip to News10 KXTV last May where he shared some hands-on science demonstrations with the Sacramento audience. For some crazy reason, they invited him back with a new set of demos. Take a look at what Steve surprised the anchors with this time -

Fire Bubbles – Methane Mamba 

(KXTV Fire Bubbles Video)


Freezing Power of Liquid Nitrogen

(KXTV Video of Liquid Nitrogen Clouds)


Human Conductor of Electricity

(KXTV Electric Video)
Disappearing Ink - Removing Stains with Carbon Dioxide

(KXTV Video of Disappearing Ink)


Clouds of Fun – Make a Large Cloud Inside

(KXTV Cloud Video)

Join Us for a Halloween Science Twitter Party & WIN a Copy of Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste

Join us for a Twitter party on Tuesday, October 25th from 7-8pm MST to celebrate the launch of Steve’s new book, Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste. We will be giving away copies of the book during the party.

Please RSVP below in the comments then join the conversation on Tuesday for your chance to win an autographed copy.

We will discuss Halloween science, kitchen science and extracurricular science with our panelists @chaotic_barb, @rajean, @maryheston, @sanborncamps, @ljcooney3, @CarissaRogers. Follow our hashtags #firebubbles and #SSSci and use our TweetGrid.

**We unfortunately are unable to ship books to addresses outside of the 48 contiguous United States due to high shipping costs. We love all of our Hawaiian, Alaskan, Canadian and international customers. We apologize, but if you are outside of the 48 states and win a book, we will happily send you a book if you cover shipping charges.


If you thought Steve Spangler’s book Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes pushed the limits of your inner mad scientist, this second volume of 25 new, extraordinary home experiments is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Seriously… your socks are going to fly across the room. The materials are easy to find and the directions are simple to follow, but the end result is guaranteed to produce lots of ooohs & ahhhs. Steve Spangler takes his geek chic approach to exposing some of the coolest science tricks that will surprise teachers and amaze your friends. Over 200 color photographs accompany the step-by-step instructions, and simple explanations uncover the how-to and why for each activity.

Staff Spotlight on Lisa Brooks – Yes She IS Related to Steve

Q: Tell us a little about who you are…
A: Who knew this would be such a hard question to answer.  I guess I can start by saying I’m one of the longest lasting employees with the company and sister-in-law to Mr. Spangler.  I started doing part time projects when I was 14 years old when Steve and Renee first started the company.  I’d mail out fliers to elementary schools about Steve’s programs.  I can honestly say I wasn’t great at it since I was a typical teenager and didn’t have the motivation I do now.  For some lucky reason, Steve and Renee kept me on and hired me full time back in ’97.  We’ve been inseparable ever since!

Q: What do you do at Steve Spangler Science?
A: I handle accounts payable and receivable, as well as conference planning.  If you’ve seen our booth at a conference, it’s because of yours truly.  I book the travel, make sure the product arrives safely, print lots and lots of maps and do everything just shy of planning their bathroom breaks…although, sometimes I plan that too.

Q: What do you like best about what you do?
A: Everything.  I’m one of the few people in the world who can say I LOVE my job.  I love the people I work with, I love the people we meet, I love the fast pace, the new ventures, the creative minds, the laughter in the office, the camaraderie with the customers and most of all, I love getting to work with my family every day (whether it’s the immediate family or the adopted employees).

Q:  What is your favorite Steve Spangler Science moment?
A: It’s hard to say since I’ve seen them all (or at least most of them).  I’ve seen the company at its beginning, I’ve seen it when it was up, I’ve seen it when it was down and I’ve even seen it almost burn down due to one of Steve’s crazy experiments.  Okay, not really.  Steve is very safe with his experiments, but we have seen some crazy moments.

If I had to pick my favorite moment with Steve Spangler Science, though, I’d have to say our days during Hands-On Science.  It was 2 of the hardest and longest weeks of our lives, but the payoff was immeasurable.  We spent each week with 45 teachers and created a bond you couldn’t imagine.  We knew everyone by name and they played practical jokes on Steve and the crew almost from day one.  That was when we realized that the teachers were our drugs. Hearing their excitement, laughter, oooohs and ahhhhs were and are still today, what keeps us motivated to do what we do.

Q: What is something you wish every SSS customer knew?
A: Yes, I am related to Steve and yes, there really is a Steve Spangler.  Funny when they ask me those questions in that order.

Q: What is your favorite science experiment?
A: The cornstarch experiment Steve did on Ellen.  Still bummed I chicken’d out on trying it myself.

Q: What do you like to do when not on the job?
A: There’s very little “downtime” in our household.  I can’t even blame it on having a 4 year old son and a 7 month old puppy.  There is always a household project to be done, a friend or family member who needs help, a yard that needs to be tended to, a late night at the office, or a late night work out.  The last time we sat on the couch together I think was back in 2006.  I’m not complaining, mind you.  We are a family of goals and we like getting stuff done.  Although I do have to admit, a date night or movie night at the house once every few weeks would be nice.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: I like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.  I may even have a slight addiction to Yogurtland. Admitting it is the first sign of recovery.

Steve Takes Science on the Road to Local Sacramento Television Station

The popularity of news stations having their own “science guy” has increasingly grown over the years. Steve gets a number of requests to take his Science Mondays segments from 9News KUSA on the road. When his station manager made the request for him to visit their sister station in Sacramento, Steve packed up some of his favorite science demos and hit the road. The funny part is that the news anchors at News10 KXTV had no idea what to expect. Judging from the looks on their faces (and a few screams), Steve surprised them all. Steve gives the Sacramento anchors several attention-grabbing science lessons -

Soda Can Shake-Up

(KXTV Soda Can Shake-Up Video)
Anti-Helium The Heavy Gas

(KXTV – Heavy Gas Video)


The Egg Drop Trick

(KXTV Egg Drop Video)


Make Giant Smoke Rings

(KXTV Smoke Rings Video)


Burning Money









No video is available for this segment, but you can see the photos and read all about it on the KXTV website.