Getting CREATIVE in the pandemic

After nearly three years, I am positively delighted to again be a full-time singing zoologist! For most of the pandemic, I split my time working on videos (SO proud of Bite-Size Science) and teaching at Skybridge Academy, an alternative school my wife and I started in 2011. Both endeavors pushed my creativity like never before.

Ways to save some serious dough

If you’re a Texas school or nonprofit, the Texas Commission on the Arts has grants that typically cover 40-50% of my total fee (yes, including and travel surcharges). How hard is it? It’s typically about 90 minutes of work. How long does it take to make $500 in a book fair?

TLA STEAM workshop resources

I’m presenting a workshop at the Texas Library Association Conference and promised to provide some resources for anyone wanting to do more STEM activities in the library.  So here goes: General resources The Show Me Librarian Simply STEM ZOOMsci Steve Spangler Songs for Teaching Your local park, nature center, hackerspace, zoo, museum, master naturalists/gardeners… My …

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Thanks, Target, for getting me to El Paso elementary schools!

Thanks to Target and the Texas Commission on the Arts, I just and  got back from a brief but lovely trip to El Paso, Texas. Now I can honestly say I have crisscrossed the entire state of Texas! Through their generous Community Giving & Service program, Target sends top-notch artists to off-the-path areas so students can enjoy a …

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My big secret

While I’m known for packing my author visits full of science content, let me tell you a little story that illuminates what really keeps me motivated after 22+ years of zoological singing. This summer, my wife took our lab to the vet. The vet tech saw my name on our dog’s file and excitedly explained that my …

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What’s ahead for 2015?

2014 was an amazing year. I don’t have a perfect count but it looks like I presented my zany, ecological message to around 100,000 kids at over 130 schools, 50 libraries and other a number of other venues. Even better, as I reached my 20-years milestone as an independent, educational artist, I heard from a number …

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