In his 15th appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, Steve Spangler brought a few of his science tricks to the talk show.
Steve made yet another colossal mess on Ellen’s set as he rigged 60 leaf blowers with 60 toilet paper rolls to launch at the same time. When Ellen pushed the button, the studio was instantly swallowed up by flying toilet paper as a demonstration of Bernoulli’s Principle.
What does 3,000 Alka-Seltzer Tablets, 3,000 film canisters and Steve Spangler have in common with the Ellen DeGeneres Show?
Steve demonstrated the explosive power of carbon dioxide when thousands of film canisters rained down on the Ellen set Wednesday. Cameras were covered, Ellen dressed in a rain coat, safety goggles and a hard hat and even Tony had an umbrella for protection. To say Steve blew the roof off of the Ellen Show is saying Mentos and Diet Coke make a small mess.
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.
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.
If you thought Steve Spangler’s book Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes pushed the limits of your inner mad scientist, Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste, the 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.
This book has over 200 beautiful color photographs that accompany step-by-step instructions for science experiments to do at home and in the classroom. It also has a special teachers-only section full of science demonstrations for the classroom.
Steve has performed some of the experiments in the book with Ellen DeGeneres on her television show. She is proud to be a part of this science experiment book.
Here is a sample of the experiments included in the book…
For [a] week while [my son and I] waited for the book to arrive he hounded me. When is the book going to come, I want to “do” something. He’s been interested in experiments, astrology, and making things go for over a year now. Finally after what seemed like an eternity to him the book arrived.
The first thing he had me do was read the introduction to each activity in the entire book. We sat on the couch and read, and read and read. We talked about which experiments we would try, which ones we need to work our way up to, and started a shopping list. The one that intrigued him the most was “standing on eggs.” There are a few tricks to do this right. I’m not going to spoil the experiment by telling you how, but no, they are not hard boiled.
Later that week it was his turn for show and tell at school. Guess what he did? He stood proudly on eggs as his entire class, including his teacher watched in amazement. I’m excited to see all that comes of this book with our children.
Lori from Lori’s Lolz – November 30, 2011
[It] was a huge hit in our home! It’s chock-full of experiments that make learning a journey full of discovery. The colorful pictures that go along with each experiment give a great step-by-step visual. Making science fun is just as important to me as making science easy to understand and this book does just that. I love how the experiments all have a “What’s Going On Here?” section which expounds on your understanding of what just happened.
I just love everything about this book. From the very first chapter, Air-Mazing, which looks A-Mazing to the very last chapter, The Super-Secret Teachers-Only Section and everything in-between, this is a must have experiment book that will surely make science come alive for you!
Check out Lori’s review (complete with pictures and video) at her blog,Lori’s Lolz.
Sharon – November 30, 2011
If I thought Steve Spangler hit a home run with “Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes,” then I must say this work is a Grand Slam! It is a marvelous companion volume to his other book, but it is also a wonderful edition on its own. The text is easy to understand, and children can follow the directions with minimal supervision. It gives them a great sense of accomplishment to be able to say they did it themselves. The pictures are vivid and entertaining, and the actual experiments are lots of fun in addition to being invaluable teaching moments. I have this paperbound tome, and I am eagerly anticipating the iTunes version as well. I would highly recommend this book to teachers, parents, those interested in easy science demonstrations, and the fine folks who are still children at heart – it’s fun for everyone!
Ultimate Science Book Sara from Reading All Year Long – November 30, 2011 I saw Steve Spangler on tv and had to pick up his book for my son. We got it from the library and it was a hit. Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste is the ultimate science book for kids who like science messy. So far, our favorite – the skewer through the balloon. Definitely one for the birthday party.
…the title is so intriguing. Fire bubbles? Exploding toothpaste? Those sound perfect for guys. I had to check it out. Man, am I glad I did. This book is chock full of awesome. Low budget, low quality? No way. This is a great book. Fire Bubbles is a compendium and how-to guide for a ton of great science experiments. Most of them seem like a very high reward-to-work/cost ratio. Steve Spangler even references the old, “Don’t try this at home” spiel. He knows, just as you and I know, that saying that just makes us want to do it more. His instructions, “Let’s try it!” And it’s not a suggestion. It’s an order.
Read the rest of Adam’s review on the blog Guy’s Read.
Jenny – November 30, 2011
Great pictures and easy, step-by-step instructions make this set of science experiments a great resource for any science teacher. I’ve taught science for over 10 years and saw some experiments listed here that I’d never seen before. Also some instructions on showmanship that should not be ignored. Buy it, you won’t be sorry!
Cheryl – December 14, 2011
If my dad wrote a book, this would be it ! He was always regaling us with tales of getting up to mischief in the kitchen when he was a kid (which, these days, would be called taking a proactive interest in scientific discovery !), making volcanoes out of baking soda and vinegar and goodness what else that he could find in his mum’s cupboards. Read the rest of Cheryl’s review on her blog, Madhouse Family Reviews