The team of Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel TV series uses scientific methods to test the feasibility of commonly assumed assumptions. It's the team's job to confirm the validity of a myth or declare it busted when the evidence just does not support the myth. While the show is entertaining for children and adults alike, it can also spark an interest in science for a child, and you can help to further the interest with myth-busting activities of your own at home.
Home Science Experiments
Find out if you can you really prevent an egg from breaking when you drop it from different heights. Use items such as bubble wrap, paper towels, cotton balls and tape to try to protect the egg. Create an eye-popping geyser from a bottle of diet soda and chewy mints, but ensure that you try this experiment outdoors. Find out why frozen carbon dioxide is called dry ice. Place two dishes side by side and put a regular ice cube on one and a cube of dry ice on another. Predict what will happen and then take a look after 20 to 30 minutes. You should see a puddle of water in place of the regular ice cube and absolutely nothing on the other plate; the dry ice evaporated because it is actually frozen carbon dioxide, not water.
Competitions -- Jamie & Adam Style
Jamie and Adam, part of the Mythbusters team, are always challenging each other to little science-related competitions. If you are entertaining two or more kids at a time, entertain them with some Mythbuster-like challenges while they compete for the title of Mythbuster champion. Find out who can build the tallest tower from gumdrops and toothpicks, or who can make the most folds in a single sheet of plain, white paper. Race toy cars across a miniature racetrack with water guns as the source of locomotion, and make paper or foam airplanes to see whose plane will travel the farthest.
DIY Mythbusting Trivia
For an instant Mythbusters activity without any preparation or mess, create your own trivia of true and false myths. Invest a little bit of time to research some interesting myths, such as will sitting too close to the TV really ruin a child's vision, do ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they are scared, and will touching a frog really give you warts? Write out your trivia questions and then get ready to bust some myths. You can play one-on-one with your child, or divide a group of kids into teams for a trivia challenge. Read a myth aloud to one group and let them guess whether or not it is true, and then read another myth to the other team. The goal of the game is to correctly guess the correct answer – true or false -- for the highest number of myths.
If you have helped your kiddo with all the myth-buster activities you can think of, it might be time to call in reinforcements. You can pick up a variety of different Mythbusters science kits so your child can continue to explore, examine and investigate. You can choose from a variety of different kits, from learning about the facts and fiction behind automobile collisions to finding out just how their favorite baseball pitcher makes that signature curve ball curve. You can choose a single kit for your child to enjoy, or opt for the entire collection of Mythbuster activities that could keep your child busy for hours.
- Mythbusters Science Fair Book; Samantha Margles
- DiscoverThis.com: MythBusters Science Kits
- Steve Spangler Science: Mentos Diet Coke Geyser
- Steve Spangler Science: Awesome Dry Ice Experiments