Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes is a geek-chic look at Spangler’s latest collection of tricks and try-it-at-home activities that reveal the secrets of science in unexpected ways. Amazing photographs accompany the step-by-step instructions, and simple explanations uncover the how-to and why for each activity. Make potatoes fly, bowling balls float, and soda explode on command.
Mad About Science™ salutes the propane scientists at AmeriGas, the nation's largest supplier of propane tanks and cylinders. Greg Rice and Chris Selepec from AmeriGas demonstrated the science behind propane tanks and explained propane tank safety at their facility in Commerce City, Colorado.
Greg and Chris demonstrated that propane is both a gas and a liquid. It is a colorless and odorless [...]
The chemistry students at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Colorado set their alarm clocks just a little earlier than normal today to join us on live TV for our Mad About Science tribute to Don Cameron. Mr. Cameron is described by his students as a 'really great teacher who tells lots of jokes.' While Mr. Cameron does lots of great demos, [...]
Any teacher who can inspire a group of students to get up at 4:30 AM in order to be on live television is an amazing person. But it didn't take long to see why his students like him so much... "He's just a cool teacher who makes coming to class fun," says one of his students as she launches a rubber [...]
Should magic tricks be used as a way to teach science in today's classrooms? This question and about a dozen more were asked of me during an interview for an international magazine for the Society of American Magicians. The author of the article, Lindsay Smith, wanted to know my thoughts on a current trend in science assemblies and before-and-after school science [...]
Our week-long salute to amazing science teachers wraps up with a visit to Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado, where chemistry teacher Wally Keesecker gets students fired up about science. Wally is well-known for his attention-grabbing science demos that introduce students to real-world connections to everyday chemistry.
Video: The Steve Spangler Mad Scientist Tour finishes the week with a bang at Heritage [...]
The next stop on our week-long tour was Hamilton Middle School in the Denver Public Schools to shine the spotlight on Ms. Emily Pringle, science teacher extraordinaire. Emily Pringle has taught there for eight years and uses the scientific method to make the light bulbs come on in her bright, young eager students. She and the kids showed us her candle [...]
When it comes to doing science, I'll volunteer for anything - fear is not a factor for me. Then I visited Pam Schmidt's class at Thunder Ridge Middle School in Centennial, Colorado... and 49 of her pet snakes! That's right, at 5:30 in the morning, I was greeted by a room full of enthusiastic kids all holding snakes - big snakes. [...]
When you work on the morning show of a news station, getting up early is just a way of life. The alarm clock went off at 3 AM this morning and I was on my way to meet another great teacher. The kids at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Lakewood love Fred Scherrer. He makes science come alive for [...]
I approached my television producer with this idea several months ago... let's invite viewers to nominate their favorite science teacher to receive a special visit from our morning crew at their school during our "Mad About Science" week at 9NEWS. My producer didn't even have to think twice about the idea - do it! Within the first few hours after we [...]
Students taking a culinary class at Springs Valley High School in French Lick, Indiana experimented using our Sick Science! Homemade Ice Cream recipe in class last week. They were studying the different ways to make ice cream. They first made ice cream using a churn and then tried our way using a Zip-Loc bag and a lot of ice.
The students and [...]