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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.

Shocking Science – 50,000 Volts of Electricity & a Traffic Reporter

This demonstration proves that science is not for sissies. Stand on a stool charged with 50,000 volts of electricity and have it run over your body and across your skin. I tried this with Amelia Earhart, traffic reporter at 9News to demonstrate the power of electricity and one spark. The results were shocking.

Weather and Science Day 2011 – Steve Spangler and Kathy Sabine Invite You to Coors Field

Contributed by Susan Wells, Blog Editor

Weather and Science Day at Coors Field 2009 resulted in a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Physics Lesson. Thanks to support from the Colorado Rockies and 9News, the Steve Spangler Science team is excited to be a part of the 2nd Annual Colorado Rockies Weather and Science Day at Coors Field on May 11, 2011.

To purchase school group tickets, call Cathy Taylor with Group Sales at 303-312-2212.

Registration Information

Steve Spangler Weather Science Day 2009May 11, 2011 – Coors Field

9:30 AM                        Gates Open
10:30 – 11:20 AM       Weather & Science Wonders
1:10 PM                        Rockies vs. New York Mets

Admission is $10 for upper level tickets and $16 for lower and mid-level tickets. The stage will be located on the 1st baseline, so everyone will have a great seat. Schools also get to take advantage of free bus parking.

For more details or to request an order form, please contact Cathy Taylor at (303) 312-2212  In the event of bad weather, a make-up date of May 17th has been set.

Watch the video for a quick look at Weather & Science Day – May 5, 2009

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Here’s what Steve Spangler shared with me…

I’m excited to be joined by my good friend Kathy Sabine, meteorologist extraordinaire, from 9News (KUSA-TV in Denver). Kathy will share some of her best weather predicting secrets and teach us the science behind our most extreme weather in Colorado. But this is not a sit and watch experience. I’ll have you up on your feet learning about the power of air as each person conducts their own science activity. We’re also working on some brand new science experiments that have been specially created just for this event. Learn about cool chemical concoctions, the power of pressure, properties of air, solar energy, extreme cold and the science of sound (lots of sound generated by you!). Guaranteed to have you laughing and learning… just watch out for the flying potatoes.

Weather and Science Day is not just for school groups. Anyone who has a ticket to the game can come early and join in the fun.

Following the event, students and their teachers will attend the Rockies and New York Mets game that begins at 1:10 p.m. School groups will have different seats for the game.


Colorado Rockies Weather & Science Day 2010 – Attempting a New Guinness World Record?

Last year’s Weather & Science Day at Coors Field resulted in a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Physics Lesson. Thanks to support from the Colorado Rockies and 9News, the Steve Spangler Science team is excited to be a part of the 2nd Annual Colorado Rockies Weather and Science Day at Coors Field on May 12, 2010. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store for this year’s event.

The event is scheduled to kick-off at 10:30 a.m. when I’ll be joined by my good friend Kathy Sabine, meteorologist extraordinaire, from 9News (KUSA-TV in Denver). Over the years, I’ve subjected Kathy to every imaginable situation in an effort to create some new experience that makes science fun. This year, Kathy will share some of her best weather predicting secrets and teach us the science behind our most extreme weather in Colorado… and I’ll try not to blow her up.

“Every big science show deserves a few erupting concoctions and some really cool kabooms,” said Steve as he filled a large trashcan with liquid nitrogen. “But this is not going to be a sit-and-watch experience. Every person in the audience will get to participate in a hands-on science activity right at their own seat.” This year’s experiment will illustrate the science of sound as audience members participate in the world’s largest display of science and sound. This part of the program is so big that the 9News helicopter will fly over to give us an aerial view of the experiment in action.

Over 8,000 teachers, parents and students from schools throughout Colorado have already signed up to be a part of the Weather & Science Day at Coors Field. Admission is $9 for upper level tickets and $15 for lower and mid-level tickets. Schools also get to take advantage of free bus parking. Following the event the students and their teachers will attend the Rockies and Phillies game that begins at 1:10 p.m. that afternoon.

For more details or to request an order form, please contact Kristy Hermann at 
(303) 312-2208 or hermannk@coloradorockies.com