If you're a homeschooler and you've never heard about the Discovery Channel show called Mythbusters, you're missing out on a great resource for homeschooling. Mythbusters' hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage use the scientific method — and usually some black powder — to bust or confirm myths about just about anything. With crash-test dummies, homemade air cannons, and an abundance of explosions, Mythbusters is an incredibly fun and educational way to learn more about science.
Here's a small sampling of some of the myths Jamie and Adam try to debunk.
- Can fireworks really launch a person over a lake?
- Could MacGyver have blown off a cargo-ship steel door with only gun powder and a gun handle?
- Can a solitary stick of dynamite really sink a pickup parked on a frozen lake?
Jamie and Adam clearly demonstrate the scientific method in each episode. They may not use the terminology like "hypothesis," but they definitely use the scientific method. So it provides an excellent opportunity to discuss how scientific experiments are set up and run. As a bonus, viewers also learn a lot about physics and chemistry throughout the experiments.
Mythbusters is still shown on the Discovery Channel, so you can catch new episodes each Wednesday night. But many previous episodes are available online (that's how we watch Mythbusters since we don't have cable TV). To find Mythbusters episodes, just go to SurfTheChannel.com.
**Please note that there is some mild language in many of the episodes and some of the topics may not be appropriate for all ages. If you are concerned, I suggest viewing the episode before showing it to your kids.