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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
It's a mad rush in the kitchen before a holiday meal with family and friends. Once the turkey and potatoes are gone, what do you do to entertain your guests? Science magic table tricks of course!
Whether you're sitting down to a nice dinner with your family or if you've just finished an enormous Thanksgiving feast, you can perform some incredible science [...]
At Thanksgiving, there's often more of a crowd at the table, which means, Thanksgiving is the perfect time for some cool table tricks; in other words, it's Thanksgiving Table Tricks Time. Yes, it's that time of year - time to pull out the table tricks and dust them off. Or what if you don't have a table?
This season, we have a [...]
By Blog Editor Susan Wells
The turkeys are all defrosting (or at least should be) and come bright and early Thursday morning, millions will be cooking in ovens across the United States. The turkey is the star of our Thanksgiving holiday, so we asked the following questions to find out the science behind it. What is the best way to cook a [...]
By Jane Goodwin
Back in the days before people waltzed into the grocery store to buy packaged bread. . . even before the days when people baked their own bread using store-bought packaged yeast, people could still enjoy a loaf of light, risen bread. They used Witches’ Yeast, which people refer to more commonly as sourdough. The science of Witches’ Yeast is [...]
The kids are home from school and are already saying, "We're bored!" Here are some science activities that celebrate the season while the kids are home and looking for entertainment.
Borax Christmas Tree Ornaments
All you need is a little borax, food coloring, string, a jar and pipe cleaners to make these beautiful snowflakes that won't melt.
Grow Your Own Newspaper Tree
Use a few [...]
While the turkey is cooking and everyone is standing around waiting for the meal to start, take out a few kitchen items and entertain your guests. Make sure you practice the challenge beforehand so you can amaze and baffle your audience. Don't forget to reveal your tricks and your science knowledge. Make your big finish the Table Trick Challenge.
The Amazing Egg [...]
You are busy cooking the turkey and preparing all the side dishes. Then everyone will sit down to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. But do you have a finale to your perfect meal today? You need to amaze your guests with the ultimate table trick challenge. Yes, we will be performing this in the Spangler home this evening.
Drop the egg in the [...]
My relatives all know that any time we are gathered around the table is a great time for me to show off my newest table tricks... Thanksgiving is no exception. But, with something like the Egg Drop it has to be just right, so why not practice with Mark Koebrich on 9News first? But, when the segment starts out with a [...]