Science Experiments and Fun: Steve Spangler will Show Ellen DeGeneres They Go Together

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Nobody has more fun with science than Steve Spangler! He's got the credentials as a science author, teacher, speaker and toy designer, and as the TV science guy on the 9News morning show and 4 O'clock show. But, he remains a big kid at heart as he shoots potatoes, makes slime and turns an ordinary bottle of soda into an erupting geyser of fun! And now he's looking forward to some science fun with Ellen DeGeneres when he makes an appearance on her show this week.

But how can you go wrong with voice-altering gases, erupting potions and flying rings of smoke?

Steve Spangler, famous for bringing the explosive combination of Mentos and Coke to the masses, is getting ready to show Ellen DeGeneres just how much fun you can have with science. The founder of Steve Spangler Science has a reputation for making science fun and, often, funny. And he's going to demonstrate his unique approach to learning science on the Ellen Show Friday, September 21.

Spangler's been in touch with the Ellen DeGeneres Show's producers since last year when they first showed an interest in his unique approach to science education. In the meantime, the producers have been watching his weekly science videos from 9News. They asked him to share some of his experiments - including removing ink stains with a fire extinguisher and trash can smoke rings - with Ellen's audience.

"I've spent the last week testing out science demos on my co-workers and friends in the hope of picking just the right ones for the show," Spangler said. "But how can you go wrong with voice-altering gases, erupting potions and flying rings of smoke?"

He's got the credentials as a science author, teacher, speaker and toy designer, and as the TV science guy on Denver's 9News morning show and 4 O'clock show. But it's a passion for creating "unforgettable learning experiences" that sets him apart. And humor is a big part of creating those experiences.

Spangler's Ellen DeGeneres show appearance will include a big element of science fun presented with energy and humor. The key message, though, will be the message he travels around the country sharing with teachers. He will demonstrate to Ellen and her audience that teaching children about the scientific forces and principles shouldn't be about learning facts. It should be about fun ways to show those principles in action.

A big kid at heart who shoots potatoes through the air at 60 miles an hour, makes slime and turns an ordinary bottle of soda into an erupting geyser of fun, Steve Spangler hopes to make people smile and laugh on Friday. He also hopes to show people how to be amazing and teach more than a little science along the way.

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Steve Spangler joined Denver's 9News in 2001 as the science education specialist. His weekly experiments and science segments are designed to teach viewers creative ways to make learning fun. His now famous Mentos Geyser experiment, turning 2-liter bottles of soda into erupting fountains, became an Internet sensation in September 2005 when thousands starting posting their own Mentos explosions on YouTube.com.

On the education side, Spangler started his career as a science teacher in the Cherry Creek School district for 12 years. Today, Steve travels extensively training teachers in ways to make learning more engaging and fun. His hands-on science "boot camps" and summer institutes for teachers inspire and teach teachers how to prepare a new generation for an ever-changing work force. Over the last 15 years, he has also made more than 500 television appearances as an authority on hands-on science and inquiry-based learning.

At SteveSpanglerScience.com, Spangler and his design team have developed more than 140 educational toys and science-related products. His educational science catalog and online business offers more than 850 educational toys and unique learning resources. Recently, Spangler has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine and TIME Magazine where on-line readers voted "Steve Spangler #18 in the Top 100 Most Influential People of the Year for 2007."

Spangler also has upcoming appearances scheduled on Unwrapped on the Food Network (September 24th) and Modern Marvels on the History Channel (September 25th).

For more information about Steve Spangler, visit his blog at http://www.SteveSpangler.com and his online business at http://www.SteveSpanglerScience.com

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