Today on the podcast I interview science educator/TV personality/author/science demo-er, Steve Spangler. We talk about how very public science demos can compliment traditional classroom teaching, and how growing up in a family of professional magicians influenced Spangler's move into informal science education.
I wanted you guys to have a chance to see some of Spangler's awesome videos before listening to the podcast, so I posted a few of them on Monday. To recap Spangler's resume:
You might know Spangler from his appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; his YouTube-produced show The Spangler Effect; any of his books, including Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste and Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes; or one of his thousands of videos and TV appearances. (He is also often credited as the guy who "invented" the Diet Coke and Mento's eruption demo; while he insists this is not true, he may have been the first person to do it on TV.) Spangler is a professional science demonstrator: if you've ever seen a science demo show at an amusement park, a science museum or in your own school, this is a guy who's job it is to come up with those demonstrations and accurately explain what's happening.
Spangler was among TIME Magazine's 200 candidates for most influential person of 2012, and was voted number 18 by TIME readers.