If You Walk on Fire You Might Get Hurt – Science Secrets of Fire Walking

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy On Monday morning, Steve received a call from NBC Nightly News from a producer who wanted to learn more about the science of walking on fire. People can actually walk on hot coals… but the trick is understanding how heat is transferred from the hot coal to the person's feet. Prior [...]

Tornadoes in a Bottle – Discovery, Wonder and Science for All Ages

By Blog Editor Susan Wells For this week's Sick Science! Summer Camp, we put together a few new bottles and watched the vortex. I have worked for Steve Spangler Science since my oldest child was 3 years old and before I had my second. They have grown up playing with science toys. One of the first science experiments that I brought home from [...]

Staff Spotlight on Bryan – AKA Demo Gopher and Higginsworth

Q: Tell us a little about who you are… A: I am 27 years old and attended the University of New Mexico for Art, but was born and raised in Colorado.  I am very close with my family and wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for their constant support.  Until starting at Steve Spangler Science I worked in non-profit education [...]

Sugar Water Density Towers – Escape the Heat and Experiment in the Kitchen

By Blog Editor Susan Wells For this week's Sick Science! Summer Camp we experimented with density using sugar and water. Usually around this time of the summer we are looking for indoor activities to do on a rainy summer day. This summer has been extremely hot and dry across the country. Many areas are facing severe drought situations. So instead of a rainy [...]

Will I Get a Sunburn on a Cloudy Day? Testing the Power of the Sun with Energy Beads

By Blog Editor: Susan Wells My girls hate applying sunscreen in the summer. It's their least favorite activity of all time. Headed to the park? Apply sunscreen. Headed to the pool? Apply sunscreen. Headed out on a bike? Apply sunscreen. MOM!!! They always look for ways to get out of applying the sunscreen..."Mom, it's a cloudy day, we won't burn." We all know by now that you can [...]

Dangers of Opening Glow Sticks

Glow sticks are incredibly popular for their simplicity yet versatility - birthday parties, evening outdoor activities, Halloween science and so much more. They are sold at many events and are found in stores everywhere. Even Steve Spangler Science sells glow sticks. Kids love cracking them and watching the light glow like a firefly. In watching blogs and sites like Pinterest for science experiments [...]

Save Electricity, Skip the Campfire, Go Old School and Cook on a Solar Oven

The hot, dry weather in Colorado has forced officials to enforce fire bans across the state. That means no campfires, no s'mores, no nuttin'. Or is it possible to harness the power of the sun using a technique that is used by Girl and Boy Scouts and other ingenious campers who want to spare the lighter fluid, charcoal or wood to [...]

Take Your Ice Cream Party on the Road with Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Who says science needs to stay indoors? If you are looking for something to do on a camping trip, BBQ, picnic or party, take the science outside and make a little ice cream. Our Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker is perfect to get the kids (or adults) running around, laughing and playing. We used our product testers [...]

Spectacular Science – 4th of July Activities

This is an encore posting from June, 2011 on 4th of July science activities. Many areas in Colorado have cancelled their fireworks displays this year due to extremely hot and dry conditions. Here are some ways to celebrate without fireworks or firecrackers... Independence Day is the absolute best of summer - picnics, barbecue, fireworks and family fun. Are you looking for something [...]