Out of all of the blogs that contain cats, creepily drawn people and a real look at the world we live in, my favorite is The Oatmeal. Matthew Inman, the author and creator of The Oatmeal, shares his unique look at the world, customer service, pets (mostly cats), significant others and anything else that comes across his mind. His cartoons are usually not kid-friendly, but if you can tolerate his creative use of the English language, The Oatmeal is a great way to laugh away a few minutes or hours.
Last year, Inman ran a fundraiser encouraging people to donate in support of a Nikola Tesla Museum. Sponsors who gave over $33,333 would get a blog post on The Oatmeal about their product or business.
Greg and Meredith Tally, the owners of a Best Western outside of Denver, made a $35,000 donation. So Inman followed through with his promise and featured their Best Western on his blog. The Tally’s Best Western isn’t just a regular hotel. They are currently renovating it to be a dinosaur-themed hotel.
I am not incredibly crafty, although I enjoy breaking the paper Valentine mold each year and finding something new and different. This year, my second grader and I are breaking out and making Valentines with test tubes. They are super easy, super fun and super unique. What could be better than a little love, a little science and an activity all wrapped up into one?
Valentines stickers, ribbon or anything you want to use for decoration on the outside.
Experiment print out
Start out filling the test tubes with Valentines candy. Add the stickers to the outside of the tube to include to and from. Then choose an experiment to include with the test tube. It can be something really simple or something a little more advanced. You can even mix up the experiments and share several. I have included a few test tube experiments that you can add inside the test tube…
This is an encore post from October, 2010 on Dry Ice at Halloween. We always get a lot of calls and emails about where to find it and how to use it…
Halloween season is the time to make bubbling potions, burping bubbles and low lying fog. The main ingredient in all of these concoctions (besides warm water) is dry ice. During the Halloween season, we get a lot of calls and emails from our customers looking for more information on dry ice. So here’s the low down on dry ice…please leave us a comment below if you have any additional questions on dry ice and our experts will do their best to answer.
What is Dry Ice?
Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is part of the Earth’s atmosphere. Only about 0.035% of our atmosphere is made up of carbon dioxide. Most of the air we breathe is nitrogen (79%) and oxygen (20%). Plants use it for photosynthesis and we breath it out.
It is colder than ice made from water at -109.3°F (-78.5°C). Due to it’s extreme
Ryan Flach is a United States Peace Corps Education Volunteer who is currently serving in a small town in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.
While serving in the small town of Sibalom, Antique since 2010, Ryan teaches a reading and writing class at a national high school.
Ryan teaches children who live in a tropical region of the world and who have never seen or experienced snow. He has tried to explain the magic of snow, but the kids have a hard time comprehending it without seeing or touching it.
My school’s Science teachers have yet to use the powder with their classes, but I’ve had several opportunities to share it with my classes. Virtually every time we encounter anything about winter, the Insta-snow adds an element of experience that would otherwise be left solely to their imaginations. This is passable for the students that are privileged to have television at home, where they can watch American movies about Christmas, but many students don’t have a television in their house.
During a recent class, Ryan read the short story “A Day’s Wait” by Ernest Hemingway. It’s a story about a young boy and his
UPDATE: Team NO Limits! competed against 68 other teams from China, South Korea, Guatemala, Colombia, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Mexico and the United States. They came in 6th out of 69 teams and received 92 points out of a possible 100 points for their Instant Challenge. Their next goal? To walk across the stage at the Global Finals next year. Good luck and congratulations from all of us at Steve Spangler Science.
We want to extend our congratulations to Team “NO Limits!” from Westridge Elementary in Littleton, Colorado. They are headed to Destination Imagination’s Global Finals this week to represent their school and state. The team won honors in problem solving and creativity in local, state and regional tournaments to achieve the national invitation.
The competition will be held May 23 – 26 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The team is made up of three girls and four boys – two 6th graders, one 5th grader, one 4th grader and three 3rd graders. Team members include Kate & Lexi Lubotsky, Davis & Tate Morrison, Jack Isenhart, Tyler Shepard, & Elizabeth Dougherty. The two 6th graders on the team required that they compete against 6th through 8th graders, despite having younger children on the team.