I first became familiar with Steve Spangle when he appeared frequently on a local news program. His infectious enthusiasm for Science was demonstrated with the many fun experiments he shared with his audience. It didn’t take long until the Ellen Show gave him national exposure and Steve’s YouTube channel skyrocketed himself and science to immense popularity. It continued with his own show known as DIY SCI.

His latest book follows through with his desire to make science fun while also explaining the WHY and HOW.

The 50 experiments are arranges into four categories:


The beginning pages are devoted to the 6 principals of science safety and a detailed but never boring look at the Scientific Method. The experiments are presented in full color with easy to obtain materials and a Did you know? piece extends knowledge to a related science concept.

I tried out a few of the experiments before I let my copy of the book drop into middle grade hands. I learned how to make an Ice-Tray Battery, the World’s Simplest Motor, Anti-Gravity Water, and Solar Oven S’mores. The grin on my face showed not only was I having fun but also the hands-on lessons will be ones I won’t forget. That’s what makes this style of teaching popular with young learners.

The experiments in SUPER COOL SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS! first appeared on Steve’s YouTube channel. Here’s a short one to give you an idea of what to expect:

The book though is a much better tool for the classroom and at home learning. Not only do you not need a screen to watch but the explanation of how it works is invaluable. Best for ages 8-12 and will certainly increase interest in science. Highly recommended!


With more than 1,600 television appearances and multiple Emmy awards to his credit, Steve is also a regular guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where she dubbed him America’s Science Teacher. Steve’s catalog of videos featured on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and now TikTok have more than 1 billion views, and his books and online experiments are widely used by parents and educators to increase student engagement and inspire young scientists to learn more about STEM-based careers.

But Steve Spangler feels most at home when he’s on stage sharing insights and creating those amazing experiences audiences remember for a lifetime. Steve brings over 25 years of experience (4,500+ presentations) to the platform every time he speaks. In July 2010, members of the National Speakers Association inducted Steve into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame. He is among an elite group of only 224 professional speakers in the world to receive this honor.

(For more visit Steve’s very popular website)


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  1. Sounds a wonderful book. I know its aimed at kids, but I really want to go and try out some of his suggestions, they look such fun! What a great way for kids to learn science! Thanks for the review.

  2. carolbaldwin says:

    Thanks for highlighting this. Sounds like a book my grandkids might like!

  3. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I think I’d have a blast with this book and learn so much. Thank you for featuring this book–I’m going to try to get my hands on a copy.

  4. My great grandson will turn 8 in July. Is this too advanced for him? What a wonderful book to gift to kids who like to do cool experiments. And, I love that Ellen helped launch him! Thanks for sharing!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    I used to do the solar oven smores with my class. They work, though a warm day where we live on the northern California coast is 70 degrees.

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