It’s a tradition on the local Denver NBC affiliate to have my 3 boys on at the end of the year to share our favorite experiment. This year my young scientists chose the Monster Foam or Elephant’s Toothpaste experiment that I also performed on the Ellen Show earlier this year. If you can do an experiment on a small scale then it only going to get better when you super size it. We brought 3 large flasks on with us to make the biggest eruption of Elephant’s Toothpaste to celebrate the New Year.
I remember coming to the NAEYC Conference years ago and watching Steve Spangler present his hands-on science activities to a room of 50 or so early childhood educators, but those days are long gone. That intimate workshop experience in the past has given way to a ballroom packed with a few thousand teachers who are wondering what he’s going to do this time.
“I saw Steve last week on the Ellen Show and didn’t even know he was going to be at this conference,” said Shawna Dematre, a second year teacher from an early learning center outside of Nashville. “When I saw his name on the program, I wanted to come to the session to see how I can do more science experiments for my kids.”
When Steve hit the stage, the audience had already been treated to twenty minutes of simple science experiments and other video clips from Spangler’s website. Within five minutes from the start of the program, pieces of potatoes were already flying through the audience and he was setting up his main themes:
The difference between good teachers and great teachers is that the great ones know how to create unforgettable learning experiences.
I love when our Boot-camp alumni teachers write in to tell us about how they are using science in their classrooms. Shirley Snowden attended our Anaheim Boot-camp last year and emailed us with a great story about her experience with Kid-Friendly Elephant’s Toothpaste.
Thought you’d enjoy a picture of one of my super scientists. We tried the kid friendly elephant toothpaste and the kid’s enjoyed it a lot. We did it over and over again. My friends are four and a half and they really like science!
The kids look like they are having a blast… When kids yell, “Do it again!”, it’s the ultimate compliment. Keep up the good work Shirley and happy experimenting!