Flying Potatoes in Ireland - Irish Science Teachers Focus on Student Engagement

We just arrived in Shannon, Ireland and we're headed to the University of Limerick for the Irish Science Teachers Association meeting. I've had the great fortune of speaking at this conference twice in 1997 and 2000 where I made some fantastic…

Science of the Irish - Off to Speak at the Irish Science Teachers Association

Back in July, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on an Irish talk radio program to talk about science, things that explode and the Mentos reaction. During the interview, I mentioned that I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at the ISTA…
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Want to Pull the Pin? Buyers Play with the Mentos Geyser Tube at New York Toy Fair

Just when you think that everyone in the world has seen the Mentos Geyser experiment, you run into a few thousand people attending the New York Toy Fair who are surprised by the reaction. Last Monday I spent the entire day launching off soda…
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Doc Gizmo Shares Science with a Message at the Colorado Science Convention

It was easy to spot Doc Gizmo as you wandered through the exhibit hall at the Colorado Science Convention. He was the only person dressed in a tie-dyed lab coat with multi-colored socks and a smile that beamed from ear to ear. Even before…
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Intern Gets a Little Wet While Launching 700 Mentos Diet Coke Geysers at NAEYC 2008

It's tough to really demonstrate the Mentos Geyser Tube in an exhibit hall filled with teahcers... until we created the Mentos Geyser Chamber. It's a plastic box that measures 4 feet square and 7 feet tall. It's the perfect enclosure to launch…
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Having a Blast at the NAEYC 2008 Conference

If you attended the annual NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) conference last week in Dallas, Texas, it wasn't hard to find the Steve Spangler Science booth. All you had to do was listen for the shouts of surprise…

Mosaic 2008 - Teachers Share Their Favorite Hands-on Science Experiences

We just wrapped up our first ever MOSAIC science workshop for teachers... and we had a blast. Here's the idea behind MOSAIC – amazing teachers from diverse backgrounds coming together to share best practices and to learn how to the tools in…
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Geysers Galore - 700 Learning Experiences at NAEYC

The Mentos Geyser made history once again as the star attraction at the NAEYC 2006 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the rumble of the crowd in the exhibit hall, you could hear someone from the Spangler Science booth yell, "GEYSER!" followed…