October 28, 2013
After several practice runs and dress rehearsals, the students at Coulson Tough Elementary in The Woodlands, Texas broke the World Record for the world’s longest human electrical circuit on October 24, 2013.
Every student in the school, from kindergarten to sixth grade participated in holding hands in a giant circle around the playground to complete an electrical circuit. The school used an Energy Stick from Steve Spangler Science that buzzed and lit up when the circuit was complete.
October 22, 2013
There is a science to making the most realistic-looking blood. Put on your scientist safety glasses and get ready for a little experimentation.
Most of the recipes below require only a few ingredients, but don’t get caught up in the exact measurements. It’s all about adding a little of this and a little of that until you get the right color and consistency.
This fake blood will also be safe to dribble a little out of your mouth, because they are completely edible. But many will stain, so be prepared to look a little funny on November 1st and don’t rub it on clothing you don’t want permanently bloodied. You can wash everything with OxiClean® – it does a great job to remove stains.
Use a white towel, napkin or your skin to test the blood. It will look differently in the blender than it does on your skin. We think blood is red, but it is really reddish-brown. It also isn’t see-through or watery.
October 18, 2013
We are less than two weeks away from Halloween and what’s more fun than making your own slime? It’s ooey, it’s gooey and perfect for grossing people out as your Booger Slime dangles from your nose. Or whip up a batch of glow in the dark slime and turn off the lights. OR what about slime that you can eat? We have included our very best recipes and batches of slime, just in time for Halloween.
- New bottle of Elmer’s glue (8-oz bottle of Elmer’s Glue-All works best)
- Elmer’s Glue Gel
- Borax (a powdered soap found at the grocery store)
- Metamucil or generic-brand fiber (make sure it contains Psyllium fiber)
- Green Slime or Clear Slime (optional)
- Glow Powder or Atomic Glow
- Vampire Slime
- Pearl Swirl
- Shaving cream
- Large mixing bowl
- Microwavable bowl
- Plate or cookie sheet
- Plastic cups (8-oz size works well)
- Measuring cup
- Food coloring or Jell-O for color and flavor
- Paper towels (for cleanup)
- Zipper-lock bag (to store slime for
October 16, 2013
Do you love Sick Science!™ as much as we do?
Do you lay awake at night wondering who’s torso is performing the experiments (hint it isn’t Steve).
What about that catchy music? Da da da da. Da da da da. Da ding. Ding.
Sick Science! is all about bringing science to life through hands-on exploration that uses items found right in your own home or classroom. The series will have young scientists engaging with physics demonstrations, uncovering secret messages, unlocking the baby diaper secret, and mixing colors in brand new ways. This “sick” style of learning will capture the minds and imaginations of everyone involved.
The demonstrations are simple and easy to replicate.
Now, you can watch those videos anywhere with our Sick Science! DVD Collection, Volumes One and Two. Each volume comes with 10 hands-on experiments you can do in your home or classroom without a lot of fancy or expensive materials.
Sick Science™ Volume 1
- Why Does Water Rise?
- American Flag Optical Illusion
- Ultimate Gooey Slime
- Spooky Halloween Beverage
- The Coin Drop
- Dry Ice
October 15, 2013
By Blog Editor Susan Wells
I’ve carved pumpkins every Halloween with my children for years. Confession – I really hate it.
1. The pumpkin guts sting my hands.
2. It’s hard to scrape and clean it out.
3. It makes a big gloopy mess without a lot of fun.
4. My girls have a hard time actually carving and I end up doing it. Alone. While they shout from the next room, “are you done yet?”
This year I decided to break with tradition and not carve pumpkins. So I began looking for crafty ideas that included a little science and a void of pumpkin innards.
Look closely to see the dark blue glow in the eyes – the invisible pen creates this effect.
Glow in the Dark Magnetic Jack-o-Lanterns
I ended up adding a Magnetic Paint with a little Zinc Sulfide and a lot of creativity.