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The Spangler Science Experience Wows Kid City

Bloomington, Indiana's Kid City had a Spangler Science experience this week at Ivy Tech Community College, and according to a very professional exit poll it was a big hit!   After building models with marshmallows and toothpicks,…

Exploding Watermelons

I love Halloween. One of my favorite activities is to "carve" pumpkins using a simple reation inside the fruit. First, you carve the face then carefully replace pieces. After creating a reaction by generating a gas inside and igniting it (ask…

Water Flowing Uphill?

Not exactly... but this stuff is really cool. It's probably best described as a self-siphoning gel. The chemical is called polyethylene oxide or Polyox and it has an incredibly large molecular weight - about 4 million. When the powder is mixed…
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Mentos Slow Motion Video

If you've ever enjoyed wearing a bottle of Diet Coke after dropping in a roll of Mentos, you know that the reaction is immediate. I've always thought that it would be cool if you could slow everything down and really look at the reaction. I…

Young Rocket Scientists Inspired by Homer Hickam

Only a very cool teacher gives this kind of homework to her students... "Using only construction paper and tape, I want you to design a rocket." Lisa Heaton, the Gifted and Talented teacher showed her students a specially designed rocket launcher…
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500 Soda Geysers at NSTA Convention

Thousands of science teachers found their way to St. Louis for the 2007 National Science Teachers Association convention, and we wanted to make sure they had something to take back to their students. So, we loaded our trucks with experiments…

Grant Smith Wins 1st Place in Science Fair

It's great to get emails with this subject line... My science fair project placed 1st from an idea from your website! Grant Smith is a 4th grader at S&S Elementary in Sherman, Texas. The "S&S" two small towns, Southmayd and Sadler, are…

A First Look at the Geyser Tube

Our new Geyser Tube toy made it's first public appearance at the Toy Fair in New York this morning. If you've ever tried to do the Mentos Geyser experiment, you know that it's tough to a handful of Mentos candies into the bottle of soda before…
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Mentos Geyser Hits the Classroom… But Some Teachers Don’t Get It

It has the potential of being the most popular science fair project of all time. The Mentos Geyser is definitely fun to watch, but some teachers are missing the opportunity to use the activity to teach science. Over the last few weeks, I've…

Insta-Snow Helps Good Morning America

When television people want snow and the weather isn't cooperating, who do they turn to? Okay, that's a trick question. The nice people at ABC's Good Morning America featured one of our most popular products in 2006 - Blizzard in a Bucket. When…