Everyone knows the best part of "Mythbusters" is proving whatever family member/high school acquaintance who shares those stupid memes on Facebook wrong (or right). It's the vindication, the ability to say, "I saw that happen, man." This is why, when we Confirmed, Busted, or "Plausible"d a myth, it was based on whether or not we could do it. If our conclusion conflicted with science, I'd say something like, "look at this! Some scientists have actually said this myth is CONFIRMED, but we said it was BUSTED! We're making new science right here in this room!"
Now, I could've been the buzzkill that's all, "well, actually...." but I took comfort in knowing that I have no contractual obligation to assessment of students and just let them have fun. I also, having read what was supposed to happen, didn't try anything beforehand because why even. This program, for us, was about creating hypotheses and talking about a shared experience. You may disagree with my approach, and I invite you to do this a separate way, but this was a deliberate decision on my part.
Regardless, here's what I did:
1. On large post-its, I'd write the myths for the day with directions (this was prep).
2. We'd talk about whether we thought each myth was confirmed, busted, or plausible.
3. We'd follow the directions.
4. Afterward, we'd talk about what happened. The person who contributed the most related and applicable observations would get to tape the word BUSTED, CONFIRMED, or PLAUSIBLE (so, you know, everybody was contributing)
5. We'd move onto the next myth.
|Sample. Go home, phone camera. You're drunk.|
And for your replicating pleasure, here's some links to the experiments we did. This was a four-week program, but yeah, it could TOTALLY work as a one-time thing.
Buttered toast & Diet Coke/Mentos (with the second one, the experiment we did was vinegar/Alka-Seltzer). Since these are both Mythbusters things I showed the minimyth videos after each one. For our experiment with buttered toast, we dropped it from however tall we were. We used Melba toast so I didn't have to toast things. It broke all over the floor but we could still see what side was buttered.
Vinegar & Baking Soda Foam making (didn't use food coloring)
Make a Raisin Dance
Staying Warm like Penguins Do (we just blew our own air into the plastic bags. One kid was really good at it. We talked about why it was difficult)
The following experiments from this: Have germs will travel, Super spit
Make a volcano (I know, okay, but chemical reactions are the best so we did it forever)
(Searching, here's some other cool looking experiments)