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Why Early Childhood Science Education is Important

Steve Spangler recently participated in #TeacherFriends Twitter chat and met some amazing teachers. Here are the questions and his longer-formatted answers about science education today. 1. Why is early childhood science education important? For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do [...]

Easing Back to School Stress – Tips for Parents

By Blog Editor Susan Wells The stress of back to school usually starts in our house as the end of July nears, and school supply lists arrive with registration packets. My kids start worrying about losing the later bedtimes, non-stop play dates and extra free time. Over the next three weeks, we will be sharing some tips and advice for easing the [...]

How to Tackle Common Core and Squeeze Science into the Classroom

Love it or hate it, if you live in the 45 states that have adopted it, Common Core is coming to a classroom near you by 2014. Common Core State Standards are a state-led effort by state governors and leaders. They were written by educators and standards experts. They give teachers, parents and students a clear understanding of what they need [...]

Steve Spangler Graces the Cover of Speaker Magazine

By Blog Editor Susan Wells We can now add Cover Model to the list of accomplishments that Steve Spangler has achieved. He is on the cover of Speaker Magazine this month as The New Mr. Wizard. Steve has been a member of the National Speaker Association for years and has been a keynote speaker at its conferences. The article chronicles Steve's rise to success [...]

Staff Spotlight on Our Beloved Mae (and Steve's Mother-in-Law)

Q: Tell us a little about who you are… A: I am a wife of 46 years, mother of three, and grandmother of eight.  And . . . I happen to be Steve’s mother-in-law so there are lots of stories I can tell you about him!!  I can still very vividly remember Steve and our daughter, Renée, sitting at our kitchen table discussing whether or [...]

ASTC 2011 – My Newest Favorite Science Conference

Where do science museums get all of their great ideas for exhibits, live demo shows and everything else that makes us say, "How did they do that?" The secret is ASTC… and I experienced the magic of ASTC this past weekend in Baltimore, Maryland. ASTC is the Association of Science-Technology Centers and their annual conference is nothing short of a meeting of [...]

Education Buzz

Welcome to the Education Buzz! Spring is finally here, and it's time to go outside and drop some Mentos into a big bottle of Diet Coke. Back already? That was AWESOME, wasn’t it? Aren't you curious about the result of mixing two simple things? Well, aren't you? Stay tuned. Sometimes all you have to do is be [...]

HerWorld Conference Encourages Young Women in Science and Technology

I was invited to speak at this year's HerWorld 2010 Conference put on by DeVry University in Denver. HerWorld is a conference for high school junior and senior young women interested in science and technology. It supports STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and exposes students to career opportunities in those fields. They participate in games, hands-on projects like building robots [...]

Carnival of Education: Education Buzz

Welcome to the latest Education Buzz! Steve Spangler Science is honored to be your host this week. Education is all about connections, you know. Nothing exists in a vacuum, or even only within the four walls of a classroom. All things connect to all other things in one way or another. As educators, we encourage our students to [...]