The Mentos Question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

I was sworn to secrecy... but now that the show has aired, here's the question we helped write for the show: In an experiment popularized online, what candy creates an explosive geyser when dropped into a 2-litre Diet Coke bottle? A) Skittles B) Mint Mentos C) Atomic Fireballs D) Lemon Heads This question was asked on a special College Week episode of Millionaire. The participant got it [...]

Geysers Galore – 700 Learning Experiences at NAEYC

The Mentos Geyser made history once again as the star attraction at the NAEYC 2006 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the rumble of the crowd in the exhibit hall, you could hear someone from the Spangler Science booth yell, "GEYSER!" followed by a few screams and cheers of excitement. The "geyser" was actually the eruption of a two-liter bottle of Diet [...]

Mentos and Soda Mix – An Erupting Business

In addition to being the Business Columnist for the Denver Post, Al Lewis is now a fan of the Mentos and soda mixture. Al called last week with questions about our recent license agreement with with Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle, the maker of Mentos. His column entitled Mentos-Soda Mix a Mint for Scientist looks at the business side of the [...]

NAEYC 2006 – Fizz, Pop, Wow!

It was easy to see that this Steve Spangler session at the NAEYC 2006 Conference was going to be a little different. The stage was filled with the usual Spangler stuff... a vacuum cleaner, eggs, a saw, bowling balls, toilet paper rolls, giant bags, an aquarium of water, a violin bow, plenty of Alka-Seltzer, potatoes, Diet Coke and, of course, Mentos. [...]

Flying with Fire Extinguishers

When I saw the video, the first thing that came to mind was... Japanese MythBusters. If you ever wondered how many fire extinguishers it would take to make someone fly (I use the term loosely), then you'll want to invest 7 minutes of your life to watch this video. The experiment starts with two extinguishers and eventually increases to an amazing [...]

Atlanta Science Boot Camp – Teachers Get Marching Orders

Our hands-on science team of teachers hit the road and headed to Atlanta for another stop on the 2006 Science Boot Camp Tour. The focus for this Boot Camp was to find creative ways to integrate more science into the teacher's current curriculum. Among their top concerns was a need for better open-ended inquiry activities that help students learn how to [...]

Coca-Cola Company is “Blase” About the Mentos Experiment

The recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that the marketing gurus at the Coca-Cola Company are not all that excited about the pop culture phenomenon. "It's an entertaining phenomenon," said Coke spokeswoman Susan McDermott. "We would hope people want to drink (Diet Coke) more than try experiments with it." According to the article, Coke could use some extra buzz [...]

The Mentos People Speak Out

In a recent phone interview with a newspaper reporter, I speculated that the makers of Mentos, Perfetti Van Melle, were distancing themselves from the Mentos phenomenon. This was based on our numerous attempts to reach the marketing gurus at Perfetti Van Melle, starting back in January of 2006. Well, based on the article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the [...]

Secrets of the Toy Industry

I was contacted several months ago by Julia Ann Charpentier, a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and an editor for book publishers, for a future article in the trade journal TD Monthly Magazine. If you're interested in learning more about the world of educational toys... or you are curious about how Steve Spangler Science got it's start, just click on the link below. Read [...]