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…
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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?…

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…
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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…
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This Summer is One of Worst Fire Seasons in Colorado - The Science Behind the Wildfire

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Each year, an average of more than 75,000 wildfires burn an average of about 7 million acres of land in the United States. - U.S. Forest Service   We are in the midst of one of the worst fire seasons in Colorado…
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The Science of Sugar - How Much Sugar is in a Can of Soda?

Do you know how much sugar is in that can of soda you drink every afternoon? It's well known that sugar accounts for the high calories in soda that lead to weight gain and unhealthy habits. But just how much is in that can and what about diet…
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Can You Really Balance an Egg During the Equinox?

This is an encore posting of an article we ran in spring of 2010 about balancing an egg on the equinox.  The first day of spring and the vernal equinox is this week. The vernal equinox marks the start of spring, an autumnal equinox marks…

Staff Spotlight on DJ -- The Man of Many Words ... and Hats

Q: Tell us a little about who you are… A: My name is Daniel Joseph Souza. I'm a father of a 3-year-old English Springer Spaniel named Boomer, a brother to a soon-to-be-married baby sister, a son to the two most amazing and inspiring parents…

Leprechaun Visits, Green Water and Lots of Mischief for St. Patrick's Day

By Blog Editor Susan Wells It's almost time for leprechauns, shamrocks and green water. Yes, it's March and time for St. Patrick's Day. If you are looking for some activities and fun things to do with your kids at home or students in…
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Make Your Own Mixed Up Chameleon with UV Color Changing Beads

Ann Bridgewater, a teacher who traveled to Denver all the way from Hong Kong to attend Science in the Rockies this year, shared a very cool project with us. She uses UV Color Changing Beads to craft Mixed Up Chameleons for a little craft/science/literacy…