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These colorful percussion tubes range in length from 30 cm to 61 cm (12" to 24") and provide a full octave of consecutive notes. You can compose a simple tune by yourself, play together with your family, or drum with all of your friends. Experiment with the science of sound.
Test Tube Wonders Kit

Test Tube Wonders Kit

It’s a science lab in a bag. Make up a pile of Insta-Snow, experiment with waterproof sand and explore the science of UV light as you use the sun to make white beads instantly change colors. Grow a test tube dinosaur, learn how to make water disappear and make squishy jelly crystals. Recommended for children 8 and up.
Test Tube Adventures

Test Tube Adventures

Each of these giant test tubes holds a cool science experiment. Learn about super strong bubbles that you can touch, make and mold your own super bouncing ball, write secret messages with disappearing ink and make a batch of slimy, gooey Insta-Worms.
Water Jelly Crystals

Water Jelly Crystals

These amazing pebble-sized polymer crystals grow into huge pieces of gel-like material when you add water. Explore the science of superabsorbent polymers.

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Astronaut Beaker Launched Into Space on a Weather Balloon

By Blog Editor Susan Wells During Weather and Science Day, we launched a weather balloon to the edge of space. The balloon didn't need a pilot, but we thought a scientist onboard would help bring some perspective and a first hand account of what it was like to soar 93,000 feet above the earth. Beaker was the muppet for the job. His prep [...]

Connections in Education

Sometimes I feel like several different people when I talk or think about education.  Most of me can't even begin to comprehend how anyone could not want to learn as much as possible, every passing moment.  Some of me can understand how a person can be too exhausted from the labor and stress of a typical day to even think about [...]

In Her Own Words – One Teacher's Support for Full Day Kindergarten Funding

Education remains a huge part of the national debate - how do we fund it, maintain competitive teacher salaries, encourage thoughtful learning, teach to the test and fairly equalize learning opportunities for all American children? In Colorado, two of our state's largest school districts have "reformer" school board majorities. These Board of Education members lack the expertise and experience needed to make [...]

The Science Behind Snowflakes

By Blog Editor Susan Wells We've gone from sub-zero temperatures to almost 60 degrees this week in Denver. Even though the spring-like temps have brought us out of the icebox, we are spending some time on the science behind snowflakes. Snowflakes are one of the most beautiful and mystifying parts of winter, but how do they form? We all know snowflakes are [...]

Ten Back to School Activities to Welcome Your Class and Break the Ice

Summer is wrapping up and the scent of new school supplies is in the air. Time to start planning for the thunderous roar of children headed back to school. Here are ten activities, some from Steve Spangler Science, others from teacher bloggers to make the transition from the lazy days of summer back into the learning environment.   Steve Spangler Science has created [...]

Science of the Olympics – Designing a Fast Pool with NBC Learn

All swimming pools are alike, right? A concrete box filled with water and lane markers. Did you know the Olympic Aquatic Center in London was designed to be fast for the world’s best swimmers like gold medalists Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin? This isn’t your neighborhood pool. The London Aquatic Center, with its wave-like roof is one of the most technologically advanced pools [...]

Want a Fun, Hands-on, Creative Science Experiment? Try Sun Print Fabric

By Blog Editor Susan Wells I took a package of Sun Sensitive Fabric into Mrs. Vernon's 3rd grade class this week. Mrs. Vernon is a teacher who loves science and hands-on learning. She knows how to integrate science into her lesson plans and encourages me to bring in some fun science activities to share with her class throughout the year. I hope [...]

The Science of Earthquakes

Earthquakes have been in the news a lot recently. It’s scary for children to watch the news and see the mass destruction, death and rubble caused by a quick shaking of the earth. From the damage in Haiti to Chile and most recently in Turkey, earthquakes occur across the globe. The surface of the Earth is made up of many puzzle pieces, [...]

Congratulations to Our Teacher Appreciation Winners

At the beginning of May, we asked you to nominate your favorite science teacher for our Teacher Appreciation Award.  The entries came pouring in, and we are excited to spotlight our winners.  Huge thanks to everyone who participated!  We found some truly remarkable teachers out there and we are excited to feature them here... and each of our winners gets a [...]