Nobody has more fun teaching science than Steve Spangler. He earned his credentials as a science author, teacher, professional speaker, toy designer and an Emmy award-winning television personality. But, he remains a big kid at heart as he teaches people how to launch potatoes, whip up the perfect batch of slime and turn an ordinary bottle of soda into an erupting geyser of fun. His best-selling science kits and educational toys help to get kids excited about science at home, and his recent appearances on a number of network television shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, demonstrate his true passion for making learning fun.
But Steve Spangler may be best known for teaching millions of people how to turn an ordinary bottle of soda into an erupting geyser of fun. His now famous Mentos Geyser Experiment became an Internet sensation in September of 2005 and spawned more than a thousand related exploding soda videos on sites like YouTube.com
On the education side, Steve Spangler is nationally known as a teacher's teacher who shares his passion for learning in the classroom, on the platform, and through the airwaves. Over the last 19 years, Steve has made hundreds of television appearances as an authority on hands-on science and inquiry-based learning. His cool science demonstrations and creative insights earned him an Emmy as the host of NBC television's News for Kids.
Steve Spangler speaks regularly to educators and administrators at regional and national association meetings who want to learn how to integrate more science with their curriculum and use Steve's techniques for turning ordinary moments into unforgettable learning experiences. Teachers can attend one of Steve Spangler's live events on his Hands-on Science Boot Camp tour or experience his special three-day event in Denver called Science in the Rockies.
While not intending to pursue a career in television, Spangler joined the Denver NBC affiliate, KUSA-TV 9News, in 2001 as their Science Education Contributor. His weekly experiments and science segments are designed to teach viewers creative ways to make learning fun and never fail to surprise his co-hosts who seem to enjoy an occasional blast from a fire extinguisher or are eager to help trigger a few exploding pumpkins... all in the name of science.
His weekly Science Mondays segments air live on KUSA-TV in Denver and earned Steve appearances on the Food Network, the History Channel, Discovery, and all the major networks.
Spangler recently earned his second Heartland Chapter Emmy® Award for his work with as a science education reporter at KUSA-TV 9News in Denver, Colorado.
Steve continues to make Ellen DeGeneres laugh with his clever science demos on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. During his past appearances, Steve shocked Ellen with 50,000 volts of electricity, shot giant rings of smoke at audience members and filled her studio with 2,500 boxes of cornstarch for the now famous Cornstarch Water Walk experiment... and he's been invited back for next season (go figure).
Did someone say Guinness World Record? In May of 2009, Spangler was awarded the Guinness World Record for the Largest Physics Lesson, with 5,401 participants doing a hands-on science experiment in under two minutes. Danny Girton, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records, was on hand to verify the record-breaking event and presented Steve Spangler and his team with an official Guinness World Record certificate at the close of the presentation.
So, what is Steve doing right now?
He's probably making some gadget ooze, bubble, fizz, bounce, smoke, or maybe he's creating a new idea to get another human being turned on to life's small wonders.