Sick Science! Videos

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Water Jelly Crystals – Superabsorbent Polymers

There's always a buzz this time of year about ways to conserve water as we head into the hot and dry summer months (but remember that there's no such thing as global warning!) Aside from reducing the amount of water we use, the water-wise are…

Water Balloon in a Bottle – A Cool Puzzle

Sometimes the simplest experiments I do on television creates the greatest response. My Balloon in the Bottle experiment that aired on Monday was no exception. It's just an ordinary balloon poked into a soda bottle with the challenge... blow…
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Christmas Tree Safety

Here's a "do not try this at home" science demonstration that illustrates how dry trees are susceptible to catching fire and ways to avoid this potential fire risk. Watch the Christmas Tree Fire Video
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I can’t believe UPS did it!

Lots and lots of teachers do the "egg drop" activity with their students. Basically, here's how it works... each child gets an egg and some parameters for making a container that will protect the egg and keep it from breaking if it were dropped.…
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A New Twist on the Tablecloth Trick

There's just nothing more impressive than whipping the tablecloth out from under the Thanksgiving meal. The classic whip-off the tablecloth trick is a must for any aspiring science demonstrator who wants to be amazing! It's time for the classic…
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Diving Ketchup – An Impromptu Table Trick

Everyone probably has a memory of a favorite uncle or grandfather who could do a few tricks at the dinner table. Okay, in my case it was my father who could magically bend spoons, vanish the salt shaker and eat his napkin (I know... kind of…
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The Self-Carving, Exploding Pumpkin

Just call it the Halloween After-Glow. No, it's not the warm feeling you get in your heart when you think of all of those darling little Trick-or-Treaters or think of the fun kids had opening their candy. The "After-Glow" refers to the light…
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Mad About Science Week – Wally Keesecker

Our week-long salute to amazing science teachers wraps up with a visit to Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado, where chemistry teacher Wally Keesecker gets students fired up about science. Wally is well-known for his attention-grabbing…
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Mad About Science Week – Emily Pringle

The next stop on our week-long tour was Hamilton Middle School in the Denver Public Schools to shine the spotlight on Ms. Emily Pringle, science teacher extraordinaire. Emily Pringle has taught there for eight years and uses the scientific method…
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Mad About Science Week – Pam Schmidt

When it comes to doing science, I'll volunteer for anything - fear is not a factor for me. Then I visited Pam Schmidt's class at Thunder Ridge Middle School in Centennial, Colorado... and 49 of her pet snakes! That's right, at 5:30 in the morning,…