The Workshop: Major Myths
Here's where you'll put the scientific method to the test.
The Workshop is where you'll conduct experiments and come to your own conclusions about a range of myths by using the scientific method: observe, investigate and experiment. But MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition adds one more step to the process: have a blast.
For the major myths of the exhibit, you'll do multi-step research to plan and log your results, which will be recorded on the MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition website. Co-host Kari Byron appears on video to provide experiment guidance at the "Warning: Science Content" kiosks. You'll get to test myths that include:
Airplane on a Conveyor Belt
Can an airplane take off in one direction while sitting on a conveyer belt running in the opposite direction? A hotly contested myth on the show, the MythBusters had to repeat this experiment to silence their critics. Now, it’s your turn to put this myth to the test with a circular conveyer belt and remote-controlled airplane.
Butter Side Up
Does it seem that a dropped piece of toast always lands butter side down? Put it to the toast test: drop foam toast from countertops of various heights, slap it off the table with rotating mechanical hands, or eject it from a toaster to the ground below. Will it land butter-side-up or butter-side-down?
Big Bad Wolf
Would a Big Bad Wolf be incapable of blowing down a house of bricks? Build your own miniature house with materials of three varying densities, then put your structure to the test using the MythBusters’ version of the wolf—a chamber with an air cannon that packs a pretty mean “huff and puff.”
Running in the Rain
Will you stay drier in a rainstorm by running or walking? Now you and a partner can find out in our 20-foot rain shed with side-by-side lanes: one of you walks to the end, the other one runs. On the other side, compare your degrees of dampness. A blacklight, a fluorescence microscopy filter, and a special rain recipe will make the answer even clearer.
- Happening Now
Seventy years ago, a historic landing changed the world.
- Coming Soon
Over 400 students bring science projects to the Museum for this weekend event.