Monthly Archives: November 2013

MythBusting Begins!

That’s right, we are kicking off the 2013 Town School MythBusting project!

For the next few weeks, 8th grade science students will be working in the design thinking process to guide them in creating their very own episode of the popular TV series MythBusters. 

We will tackle the driving question:

“How might we design an apparatus to test a popular myth?”

The boys will work in pairs to explore different common myths before defining a particular myth they would like to test. They will then brainstorm possible approaches and work on prototyping an apparatus to put their myth to the test. Along the way, they will record footage of their design process to create an episode of MythBusters starring them!

Past myths have included:

  • Is sliding really faster than running during a close call in baseball?
  • Could a person really hold enough helium-filled balloons to lift them off of the ground?
  • Could a penny dropped off of the Empire State Building really harm someone?

Final episodes will be screened (with popcorn) in the STEM lab during the week of Dec. 16-20.