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This Is Rocket Science

This Is Rocket Science

Just add water, snap the lid shut and stand back. Attach the foam rocket to the snap can and shoot the rocket high into the air. The bubbling action of the chemical reaction builds up pressure inside the can until the top POPS and flies through the air.
Air Burst Rockets

Air Burst Rockets

Kids can get rid of some excess energy with this air-powered outdoor rocket toy. Air Burst Rockets don't require any flames, fire, or batteries. Just attach the air tubing to a bike pump, give it a few pumps and your rocket will fly.
Bubbling Concoctions

Bubbling Concoctions

Whether creating a wave bottle, lava lamp, or chemistry rocket, these burping and bubbling blob mixtures are a scientific site to behold.
Fuel Cell Car Science Kit

Fuel Cell Car Science Kit

The Fuel Cell Car Science Kit is a great way for kids to learn about the importance of alternative fuel sources. Not only will kids be excited about the car, with onboard hydrogen fuel source, they can even build this car themselves to learn more about the functionality of the hydrogen fuel cells.

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The Explosive Power of Ethanol Rocket Fuel

This demonstration involves fire and is intended for trained chemistry teachers. Do not do this at home. Homer Hickam's Rocket Boys is the story of kids in the 1950's who were fascinated with rocket science. The characters use pipes filled with gun powder to experiment with rocketry. Teachers use the book as a literary connection with the science lesson about rockets. The [...]

Willow Creek Rocket Launch

Houston, we have lift-off! Fifth graders from Mrs. Heaton's class at Willow Creek Elementary invited me to participate in their annual paper rocket launch. The rockets were made from construction paper, tape and clay... that's it. No engines or explosives in these rockets - the only fuel was 30 pounds of air pressure. I learned how to make the rocket launcher [...]

Staff Spotlight on Rachel

Q: Tell us a little about who you are… A: I am 42, a mother of two, and also a grandmother of three beautiful grand babies. I love to work and play hard. I volunteer for the Triskele Foundation which raises money for people who need to get their GED. I also volunteer for an organization that helps people who have a [...]

Best Science Toys for Kids

Are you looking for creative gift ideas that the kids won't set aside on December 26th? What about the present that gives the gift of discovery and learning? Here are our Top 12 Picks that make great gifts that open minds and keep them engaged for a long time.   (more…)

Give the Gift of Learning this Holiday Season – Top 12 Educational Toys

Tis the season for turkey and trimmings, cornucopias and pumpkin pie and gift guides, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. To celebrate the season of giving, Steve Spangler Science has compiled our list of the top 12 educational toys to give this season. Do you hate spending hours after the gifts are unwrapped undoing a million twist ties, rubber bands and tape to liberate [...]

Staff Spotlight on Copy Editor Debbie Leibold

Q: Tell us a little about who you are… A: Let's see... I'm definitely not a scientist, I'm not in a band, I'm not an ultra-creative graphic designer, I'm not on Ellen, I haven't been featured on YouTube, I rarely blow things up.  My life is pretty boring compared to some of the people I work with. I'm a mom, wife, dog [...]

Top 25 Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season – Smart Toys Everyone Will Love

We might like to play the same game during the holidays… Guess which toy the kids will play with the most after everything has been ripped open and the house is a disaster. That’s the criteria we used in selecting this year’s Top 25 Holiday Gift Ideas from If you’re looking for a toy or gift that makes the person [...]

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 [...]