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.
You don't need to spend a lot of money on science supplies. Heck, with these, all you need to do is turn on the water faucet!
1. Okay, ice is water, right? How do ice skaters glide across the ice so smoothly and quickly? It’s all about the science. Get out a dinner plate and put a large glass on it, upside [...]
Bloomington, Indiana's Kid City had a Spangler Science experience this week at Ivy Tech Community College, and according to a very professional exit poll it was a big hit!
After building models with marshmallows and toothpicks, (the winner took home an Insta-Snow prize) a trip to the restroom to wash all that marshmallow dust off our hands was in order. Before the [...]
I confess; I often hesitate to fix and serve any kind of beans to my family because. . . well, you know why.
There are all kinds of jokes about, well, "this," but what many people don't realize is that there's a reason why beans are so, um, chatty. It's science. It's biology. And chemistry.
It doesn't matter what kind of beans you've [...]
I wonder sometimes if people realize the incredible wonder of everyday science. . . . . things we do every day, things we see, things we touch, things we eat. . . . you know, like cupcakes.
Cupcakes are science. Without science there would be no cupcakes. Imagine a world without cupcakes. It would be bleak. We need science so we can [...]
Being pretty much buried in snow these past few weeks has made me think about Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Long Winter."
While we are not experiencing bone-wrenching cold and eave-deep snow from October to April as history shows that the Ingalls family did indeed experience, the winter has been severe enough, thank you. Some days, it was impossible to get to the [...]
By Contributor Scott Yates
It’s true that not everyone is a fan of science fair projects.
But what if students could be involved in a project that directly affects them and their families? What if they could help prove that a governmental decision is a bad one, and one that should be reversed? What if the could get some extra sleep in the [...]
It's a big day around the Spangler Labs - we are shipping hundreds of our Spangler Science Club kits to our new members.
To those of you who have gifted or joined as a member, we welcome you with open arms to the first kit of the month club that not only delivers more than a dozen experiments to your door each month, [...]
What's so scientific about your holiday gravy? Isn't gravy just, well, food? Food we put on mashed potatoes and turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas and Sunday and, well, pretty much any time? How could gravy have anything to do with science?
Here's the thing, drooling holiday turkey & gravy lovers: gravy-making is all about the science of starch.
Starch? That white powdery stuff Great-Grandma used [...]
Science Fairs get a lot of bad press these days, and I don't like it. Honestly? I think the only bad science fair is a science fair that a child is FORCED to enter every year.
You heard me. The science fair should be 100% voluntary, most of the time. Maybe it would be better if fifth grade, for example, was a [...]
How to Study Seeds with Popcorn
by Christy McGuire, Contributor
Students’ minds are turning to the holidays. You can harness some of that excitement by including some holiday-themed activities in your classroom.
There are many great learning activities that follow holiday themes. Here are two activities that combine Thanksgiving and science.
We love studying (eating!) popcorn seeds year round at our house.
Here are two [...]