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The Reviews are In – Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste is a Science Hit

If you thought Steve Spangler’s book Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes pushed the limits of your inner mad scientist, Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste, the second volume of 25 new, extraordinary home experiments is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Seriously… your socks are going to fly across the room. The materials are easy to find and the directions are simple to follow, [...]

Dom DeLuise Does the Great Egg Drop Trick on Johnny Carson

I'll file this under the "Teaching Moments" category because it's one of the greatest comedy teaching moments of all time with Johnny Carson and Dom DeLuise. The trick is great... but Johnny Carson's reaction and the surprise ending is probably something Dom DeLuise never imagined in his wildest dreams. Really funny science.

Why Early Childhood Science Education is Important

Steve Spangler recently participated in #TeacherFriends Twitter chat and met some amazing teachers. Here are the questions and his longer-formatted answers about science education today. 1. Why is early childhood science education important? For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do [...]

Greystone Elementary's Science Week Goes Beyond the Classroom

Each year, Greystone Elementary in Birmingham, Alabama chooses a topic for a school-wide enrichment week dedicated to help all students learn something they may not learn in the classroom. This year, teacher Mandy Fox decided to make the week dedicated to science after watching experiment videos from Steve Spangler. Mandy and her co-teacher put together a schedule full of science activities and [...]

The Anatomy of a Flood – The Science Behind Flooding

Were the deadly and destructive floods that devastated large sections of the Colorado Front Range last week the result of climate change? Some scientists say yes. As a landlocked state, Colorado usually only has a few flood threats - from springtime runoff from mountain snow melt or summer thunderstorms that can dump a lot of rain in a small area. This is [...]

The Work of Scientists: Reasons to Read and Write

By Becky Spence - This Reading Mama Real scientists read the newest research to keep up with the latest trends. Real scientists write their hypotheses, observations, and ultimately their findings in research journals and articles. Real life scientists have real life, authentic reasons to read and write. And as teachers, we can also create authentic reasons for our students to read and [...]

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 [...]