Topic - It’s Not Science But…
August 24, 2012
By Blog Editor Susan Wells
If you have kids, you’ve seen the commercials – buy a magic powder, add it to the bath and have a squishy bath. Squishy Baff works when you fill the bath with water, add a special colored powder, and the bath water turns to a soupy, mushy, squishy bath. Then have the kids climb in and have fun.
One of our favorite bloggers Sarah, from Moose and Tater, asked us to do a little work and figure out the science behind this product. We took the challenge and started in with our research.
Squishy Baff – the powder that turns your bath into squishy fun is most likely a polymer. Polymers are long chains of molecules. Water absorbing polymers soak up water through osmosis and swell to a larger size. The polymer chains have an elastic quality, but they can stretch only so far and hold just so much water.
Most common synthetic polymers are said to be hydrophobic (water-fearing), which means that they do not absorb water. Examples
March 9, 2012
Blog Editor Susan Wells
All of us at Steve Spangler Science know we do not work at your average company. We don’t even work at a normal company. When you show up in the morning you never know what is in store for the day.
So when Steve made the announcement that author Rory Vaden was going to stop by and bring his large tour bus into our parking lot, we didn’t know if he was kidding or serious. At 1:30 p.m., when the huge, black tour bus pulled into our parking lot, we realized Steve was actually serious this time. We all went out to meet the bus and Rory.
Steve and Rory know each other through the National Speakers Association. Rory was in Denver to promote his book, Take the Stairs.
Take the Stairs will help you get motivated, improve your self-discipline and learn strategies for taking action in your life. The book is #1 on USA Today, #1 Wall Street Journal, #1 Amazon and #2 New York Times Best Seller. The Take the Stairs bus tour is
January 18, 2012
By Blog Editor Susan Wells
As the field narrows and we get closer to a front runner emerging for the Republican nomination for president, it’s important that voters do their homework and really learn about each candidate and their views. The candidates do not agree on many topics, including education.
We looked at the remaining five candidates and their views on the future of education. Two of the candidates are in favor of eliminating the Department of Education. Is this a good idea?
The U.S. Department of Education’s website states its mission “is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”
ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED’s 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to:
- Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
- Collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research.
- Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
- Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.
I think the majority of Americans will agree our education system needs repair and reform. Some of the questions being asked of the candidates
September 23, 2011
By Carissa Rogers and VolunteerSpot.com
What do parents and teachers have in common?
We want what’s best for our kids…and we’re busy! Parents and teachers don’t get to spend much time together, plus the teacher is out numbered, easily having 50-60 class parents!
Building a strong parent-teacher relationship can be challenging. However, the closer the connection between teachers and parents, the better our kids are going to perform. These communication best practices help parents and teachers strike a balance and work together for a great year!
September 9, 2011
Local mom and science fan, Vicki Soriano, knows how to get her kids and all of the families in her neighborhood excited about back to school time. They hold a Back to School Bash to say goodbye to summer and get back into learning mode.
How does a party stimulate the mind ? It’s simple, this block party is all about learning and engaging through educational games and activities.
Vicki is an oncology nurse who not only gets everyone excited about school, but she also raises money for charity. The neighbors donate money to help Brent’s Place
, a place that supports families and children battling cancer. This year, she raised $800 – the largest amount collected in the 5 years that she has been throwing the bash.
This is no simple block party. Vicki made school bus cutouts and decorates the street with a back to school theme.
The bash includes an Opening Ceremony. The kids
participate in fun activities like roaming scavenger hunts, magic
shows and water games.
One of the favorite games is the “Go To School”