Tag - Hands on Science Boot Camp
October 9, 2010
No one has to twist my arm to visit highly motivated teachers in Florida. Our Hands-on Science Boot Camp kicked off its fall tour with stops in Tampa and Orlando. We consider a boot camp to be one-day, highly intensive, roll-up-your-sleeves and get messy training with a single, strategic focus: To find new ways to get students fully engaged and excited about learning science. I’m always honored to have repeat participants from past years, and I always seek these people out and ask them this question… Why did you come back? Without fail, these returning participants are focused on some aspect of their science teaching and they’re looking for some creative ways to solve their problems.
We had a great group of returning teachers from the Brevard Public School who shared their latest plan for engaging students in their hands-on/minds-on approach to learning… and it’s called Brevard Public Schools HSSS Team (Harris Super Science Saturday Program). Science trainers at the district level target schools that could benefit from modeling and training of their students and staff. For six weeks, the students and teachers at the school show up for a few hours in the afternoon to explore
December 30, 2009
It’s been quite a year for us at Steve Spangler Science… in fact, when the year starts out with 50 off your closest friends helping you wish Ellen DeGeneres a Happy Birthday, you know big things are in store. Whether we were letting fans ride on the infamous Bed of Nails at NAEYC 2009 or launching trash cans with a police force audience, we can guarantee that 2009 was never boring. We’ve compiled some of our favorite highlights from the year, so feel free to browse through them and go back with us as we reminisce about our favorite moments from 2009… can you imagine what 2010 has in store?
Happy Birthday Ellen!
Our 2009 Boot Camp tour kicks off in Oklahoma City, with a great group of teachers.
Our team stormed Toy Fair and set off a few geysers in the process.
Steve Spangler Science Jelly Marbles were featured on the prime-time hit series Numb3rs.
I debuted what would become one of our most requested experiments… Laminar Flow.
The face of our Insta-Snow product, Arianne Heaton, headed to college, years after she was my student at Willow Creek Elementary.
October 16, 2009
Our Fall Boot Camp Tour kicked off September 23rd in Grand Rapids, MI, with a second stop just two days later in Chicago, IL… and it was a blast! What an enthusiastic group of teachers awaited us in both cities. I love the Windbag demonstration because who wouldn’t want to make a paying customer look silly up on stage? Our teacher volunteer was a great sport and we had a fun Windbag Challenge before discussing the properties of Bernoulli’s Principle. Our teachers picked up very quickly on my hex nut drop and didn’t even seem to mind the “music” created by the Screaming Balloons. It was a great day and an awesome opportunity to meet some of the amazing teachers who are bringing science to their classrooms.
Chicago was equally amazing… especially with our Egg Drop demonstration. I had a fun volunteer, who did a great job getting those eggs in the cups on the very first try!
Check out these videos of our Grand Rapids and Chicago Boot Camps to see what you’ve been missing. If you attended one of the workshops, I’d love to hear your
April 13, 2009
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!
April 8, 2009
It’s just too bad that no one ever has any fun at our Hands-on Science Secrets Boot Camps… check out the pictures to see how bored these awesome teachers were.