On Friday night Tom and I took four girls to the see the Myth Busters live in Edmonton on their Behind the Myths Tour. It was a fantastic show, aimed at children and families. It was great to see so many children in the audience, especially girls. It was a very full house, and everyone seemed to enjoy the show.
They didn’t do any actual Myth Busting on the show, instead showing us some of the tools and Scientific principles that they use in their work. I love how they tied what they were doing back to Science and the Scientific process. When they talked about pressure or mechanical advantage I thought about things my daughters had done in school when they were studying those topics, I hope they thought about them too!
They didn’t blow anything up, but Adam did tell us that hot water heaters were his favourite type of explosion and explained how the changing state of the water from non-boiling to steam as the heater explodes makes them so loud. They even played some footage of hot water heater explosions which has been designed so that we could appreciate the deep belly vibration of a good explosion.
They ended the show with a show of firepower, Jamie with a paintball gatling gun taking shots at a volunteer dressed in a suit of armour. The audience loved it, and it reminded me of how much my grade 8 students love watching Myth Busters.