November 6, 2013
By Blog Editor Susan Wells
Raising a child today is more complex than dealing with our childhood bullies who teased us and made nasty comments about us to others, but within our own earshot. Some even wrote nasty things about others on the bathroom stall walls. The bullies of our childhoods, as painful as they were, didn’t have half as many routes and opportunities as they do today. Yesterdays bullies couldn’t operate as anonymous and we had time to recover in the safety of our own homes.
Today, teens and tweens deal with bullying around the clock, in the safety of their own bedroom as well as the school yard and even from those they don’t know.
Just as we began to get a hold on our tweens and teens Facebook and Twitter accounts, they began to expand into Instagram, YouTube, Vine, SnapChat, Tumblr, the list goes on and on. The latest network to catch fire in the under 18 crowd is Ask.fm. A network that
November 1, 2013
Fort Lauderdale, Florida sixth grader Peyton Robertson may revolutionize how we protect ourselves and property from flooding.
Earlier this month, he won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his sandless sandbag. The Young Scientist Challenge is sponsored by 3M and the Discovery Channel Education and is open to students in grades 5 – 8. The 2014 challenge opens in late December. Student scientists can win cash prizes and trips.
Courtesy ABC News
Robertson, who wants to be an inventor when he grows up, has invented a sandbag that doesn’t use sand to stop flooding. His bag is “sandless” and contains a much lighter polymer. Sandbags weigh about 40 pounds each, but the sandless sandbag only weighs only a few pounds.
The sandless bag is filled with a mixture of an “ultra-fluid” polymer and salt. When the bag gets wet, the polymer absorbs water and expands, keeping water from seeping through the cracks between bags. This bag is heavy when expanded and won’t float away either.
October 31, 2013
Thank you for joining us on The Spangler Effect Live this week for our last minute Halloween science demos and activities. During the two hours, Steve and Higginsworth shared a lot of fun, messy and loud experiments for spooky fun. If you missed the broadcasts, we have both available in this post. If you want more information on any of the experiments shared, we have included links to many of them too.
Don’t forget, October 31, 2013 is the last day to get the Halloween Science Experiment Guide for $1.99! And be sure to check out our After Halloween Inventory Blow Out – save on our top Halloween products before Halloween is even over.
October 30, 2013
This is a kid-friendly activity that’s perfect for Halloween or anytime you want to make a big mess in the name of science. The best thing about this kitchen science activity? It uses supplies found in your house.
October 29, 2013
Halloween is the perfect time to whip up a perfect batch of gooey slime or to amaze your friends with the coolest dry ice experiments. And maybe a few disembodied hands.
The response from our first live episode of The Spangler Effect was so great. we want you to join Steve and Higginsworth for one final live Halloween episode. Join the fun, LIVE, on Wednesday, October 30th at 2PM EST and 5PM EST at SteveSpanglerScience.com