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Magic Sand

Magic Sand

Even when the colored sand gets wet, it remains dry. The secret is a special hydrophobic coating that keeps the sand dry.
Boo Bubbles - Dry Ice Smoke Bubbles

Boo Bubbles - Dry Ice Smoke Bubbles

Bubbles are cool and bubbles filled with fog are even cooler! Steve Spangler created Boo Bubbles as an easy and safe way for parents and teachers to explore the science of dry ice with fog-filled bubbles.

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Steve Spangler Celebrates 1000 Appearances on 9News

Steve Spangler Celebrates 1000 Appearances on 9News

Steve Spangler is known for creating amazing hands-on science experiences for kids. Whether it involves kits, toys, or incredible experiments, kids leave an experience with Steve feeling like science magicians. Over the last decade and change, Steve has also spent one afternoon a week making adults feel like science magicians on Denver’s local NBC affiliate, 9News – KUSA. News anchors, meteorologists… you [...]

The Science Behind the 9News Broncos Clingy Thingy

Kirk Montgomery and our friends at 9News here in Denver have created a whirlwind of excitement over the Broncos amazing season with Clingy Thingys - United in Orange. Fans in Denver can't get their hands on them fast enough. So that left us to answer the question - how does the Clingy Thingy work? The Clingy Thingy does not use adhesive to attach [...]

The Spangler Effect Spotlighted on NBC Nightly News as Top YouTube Education Channel

More and more parents, students and lifelong learners are turning to YouTube - not for funny kitty videos or talking dogs - but for education. Teachers are sharing their lessons beyond the classroom. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy YouTube EDU is becoming increasingly popular for online learning. Lessons from foreign languages to chemistry to algebra are [...]

Steve Burns News Anchor's Money and Sprays Her with Fire Extinguisher

It was Steve's first time working with 9News anchor Corey Rose. Someone should have warned Corey to go light on the hairspray and wear fire retardant clothes. She also should have never handed Steve a $20 bill. During this segment, Steve performed the Burning Money experiment. Soak a bill in rubbing alcohol and water, then light it on fire. Surprisingly, the money [...]

Grow Your Own Magic Newspaper Christmas Tree

Do you prefer a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Or do you just go with a recycled newspaper tree instead? To make this incredibly tall and thin unique tree, take eight pages out of the newspaper and tape them end to end. Roll them all up into a tube. Using very strong and sturdy scissors, make several cuts from [...]

News Set in Disarray After Giant Smoke Rings Pound Anchors

I took a large smoke ring blaster that I used on the Ellen DeGeneres Show to the 9News studios in Denver this week. I demonstrated the power of air pressure and what a microburst looks like. What resulted was giant smoke rings blown across the television studio and scripts and hairdos in chaos. The smoke ring blaster is a larger version of [...]

Heavy Newspaper – The Incredible Power of Air

This experiment takes a little karate and an understanding of air pressure. If you lay a yard stick down on a table and hit it with your best karate-chop, what will happen to the stick? Will it break? Most likely it will flip off the table and wing someone in the eye. So how do you hold down the stick so [...]