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.
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.
May 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
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.
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 email@example.com
Written by Susan Wells, MommyBlogger at SteveSpanglerScience.com
“Hollywood has the Oscars. Broadway has the Tonys. Now Twitter has the…Shorty Awards” – The New York Times
The Shorty Awards celebrate the best people and organizations on Twitter. They are supported and judged by the Twitter community who picks the nominees and votes on them. Winners in 27 categories will be announced in New York in March.
We are proud to announce that our own Steve Spangler has been nominated in the #science category for a Shorty Award.
If you’d like to vote for Steve, go to the Shorty Awards website and send the tweet out for @stevespangler. Or you can send a tweet straight thru your Twitter account. The tweet must say:
“I nominate @SteveSpangler for a Shorty Award in #science because…”
The “because” part is the most important piece. You must add a why Steve is deserving of this award or the vote will not count.
World’s Largest Physics Lesson
We’re honored to get to say, “We did it!” With a final count of 5,401 people, all armed with Windbags, the seats at Coors Field were flooded with science as we set out to set a new world record for the the Largest Physics Lesson. What a sight… a sea of Windbags with a special fly-over by Sky9, that captured the moment on film from the helicopter. The requirement for Guinness World Records was that the lesson last at least 30 minutes, but, we decided to take it to the next level and go for a full 51 minutes. There were Mentos Geysers, Rockies players with Potato Guns, a lesson on Bernoulli’s Principle, and, of course, a giant kaboom for the finale. And, at the end of the lesson an official Guinness World Records adjudicator was on hand to present our team with a certificate for the new world record. Learn more about all of the science experiments featured on Science Day at Coors Field.
Wondering about the official word from Guinness? Check this out for more info…
DENVER, COLORADO – Steve Spangler Science, in conjunction with 9News and the Colorado Rockies, were awarded a Guinness World Record May 7, 2009 for the Largest Physics Lesson.
As part of the First Annual 9News Weather & Science Day, Steve Spangler Science was awarded the Guinness World Record for the Largest Physics Lesson, with 5,401 participants over a span of 51 minutes. Danny Girton, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records, was on hand to verify the record-breaking event and presented Steve Spangler and his team with an official Guinness World Record certificate at the close of the presentation.
Steve Spangler and Kathy Sabine, meteorologist from 9News (KUSA-TV in Denver), were hosts for the day’s activities. Each participant (5,401 in all) participated in a hands-on science demonstration as part of the event and took home one of Spangler’s Mentos® Geyser Test Tube experiments to surprise their friends.
“It was really great to see so many kids getting excited about science, and I’m pretty sure they learned a thing or two along the way,” said Sabine after the event where she was soaked in both diet soda and a liquid nitrogen cloud – all in the name of science.
Steve Spangler has been sharing his passion for making science fun with Colorado students and teachers in classrooms and on television for twenty years. Steve is known for getting people excited about teaching and learning with his eye-catching – and often explosive – demonstrations.
“While obtaining the world record was terrific, what’s even more important is that our partners, 9News and the Colorado Rockies, allowed us the opportunity to show thousands of kids that science is not only fun, it can be meaningful too,” said Spangler after throwing out the first pitch for the Rockies vs. Giants game following Weather and Science Day.
Here are a few of our favorite images from the event. For more pictures of the event, visit our Spangler Science Guinness World Record photo collection.