Ellen: Steve Spangler Inspiring Kids
Scientist Steve Spangler came by Ellen to show off some great science tricks. Steve said that his goal is to make science fun, which is why he works on teacher training to help teachers learn how to get kids excited. He also said he wanted to get parents excited about science to inspire their kids. He said there’s going to be a bunch of jobs we have yet to invent that these kids can be doing someday. That’s also why he does things that people can do at home. Ellen said they probably shouldn’t. Steve said that maybe you should do it at a friend’s home instead.
Ellen TV: Steve Spangler Mentos into Diet Coke Explosion
Ellen said that Steve Spangler invented the experiment where you put Mentos into a soda. Because this can be very messy, he showed off an invention he made. He put 6 Mentos in a tube. This tube was attached to the top of the Diet Coke. At the other end of the tube, Steve put a device on top that was made out of PVC pipes and could dispense the soda into six separate cups. So when Ellen pulled the pin, the mentos dropped down and the Diet Coke foamed through the pipes and filled all six cups.
“Isn’t that dumb?” Steve Spangler joked. When the audience marveled at it, he said they should get out more. He also said PVC is like “Legos for adults.”
Ellen: Steve Spangler Ping Pong Gun
Steve Spangler demonstrated that fast-moving air creates low pressure. This means when you have a straw in a glass of liquid, you can take another straw and blow air past the top of the straw in the liquid. This will blow the liquid right out of the glass and across the table.
Using this principle, Steve Spangler invented a giant ping pong gun. Using a vacuum cleaner and two tubes, he was able to use the same principle to shoot ping pong balls at the audience. Luckily, Steve Spangler had given the audience safety goggles already.
Later in the show, Steve Spangler revealed a giant ping pong gun. It was 32 blowers and 60 ping pong balls loaded into each one. Because each gun was spread out just right, this experiment was going to affect more audience members than any experiment ever done on the show.
The audience went crazy for this, grabbing the balls and running from the balls. It was really fun to watch!