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How to Study Density with Popcorn

by Christy McGuire, Contributor Thanksgiving is almost here! You can use one of the original foods from the first Thanksgiving to discuss density with your students. Popcorn is fascinating because it changes so drastically during the cooking process. The color, shape and texture of a popped kernel are all different than those of an unpopped kernel. If you can spare the day [...]

Patriotic Layered Density Drinks for 4th of July

By Blog Editor Susan Wells As you know, all of us at The Spangler Labs enjoy a good liquid density column. Our 9-Layer Density Tower is shared across the internet. It is one of our most popular Pinterest experiment pins. We are always looking for new combinations of liquids to stack (we have a lot of free time). One popular density column found [...]

Salt Water Density Straw Sick Science!

Create a colorful rainbow inside a straw while learning a lesson in density. This easy kitchen science experiment uses materials found in your house and can be done by kids of all ages (with a little parental assistance). (more…)

Dancing Spaghetti – A Lesson in Density

Who knew noodles could dance? Head to the kitchen, grab a handful of pasta noodles along with a few other materials and get ready for a science pasta party. This is some kitchen science that will have you learning about volume and density in a brand new, hands-on way! Materials Clear drinking glasses Pasta noodles (cooked or uncooked) Water Vinegar Baking soda Food coloring Measure 2 cups of water [...]

Marshmallow and Cherry Science Density Layer Cake

Bake a little science cake for your love this Valentines Day. This experiment mixes a little kitchen science, candy science and physical science. And the end result of this activity is delicious. To make a 3-layer density cake, you will need the following materials – Cake mix (flavor is up to you, we used Devil’s Cake) Bag of small marshmallows 2 cans of cherry pie [...]

Density in Action: Can You Sink a Marshmallow?

By Loralee Leavitt, Candy Experiments At the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, children crowd around the Candy Experiments booth.  A volunteer asks if they’re ready to take the marshmallow challenge: “Can you sink a marshmallow?” As Steve Spangler teaches in the lemon and lime sink-and-float experiment, an object sinks if it is more dense than water.  It floats if it [...]

Sugar Water Density Towers – Escape the Heat and Experiment in the Kitchen

By Blog Editor Susan Wells For this week's Sick Science! Summer Camp we experimented with density using sugar and water. Usually around this time of the summer we are looking for indoor activities to do on a rainy summer day. This summer has been extremely hot and dry across the country. Many areas are facing severe drought situations. So instead of a rainy [...]

Seven-Layer Density Column: Stacking Liquids

Oil and water don’t mix. Everyone knows that. What is the scientific reason behind why don’t they mix? Answer: Oil and water don’t mix because of how their molecules are constructed. Water is what is known as a polar molecule. A water molecule is shaped like a V, with an oxygen atom at the bottom point of the V and a hydrogen [...]

Back to School with Steve Spangler Science

Do I smell freshly sharpened pencils?  Is that the clicking sound of a brand new protractor?  Are you surrounded by notebooks, fun new pens and markers that you're dying to use? Yes!  It's back to school time! Not ready for back to school?   Wondering who do you turn to for help to start your new school year off right?   Back to School with Steve [...]

#SpanglerSelfie Winners!

Well, you've done it! You've allowed yourself to be sucked in by the selfie craze... and we LOVE IT!!  We are ecstatic that you are enjoying Steve Spangler Science product, so much that you have chosen to include them in your #SpangerSelfie! Our Spangler Team definitely had a tough time judging all the wonderful selfies that we have received.  But we finally came up with  the [...]