COSI gets MythBusted
By Steve PatrickPosted Jun 12, 2013
Have you ever wondered if running through the rain actually makes you less wet than if you had just walked through it? Or maybe you’re curious why buttered bread always seems to land butter side down? Perhaps you wonder about things that are a bit more intense, like whether you can dodge a bullet or light your own farts on fire? Well, not to worry, the team at Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series “MythBusters” ask the same kind of questions and want to help you answer them.
COSI unveiled their latest attraction entitled “MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition” last weekend. The new exhibit “creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovated, family-friendly displays,” according to a press release. The stars of the hit TV show, Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara were all closely involved with the development of the exhibition.
“It’s exciting to see fans take on some of our favorite experiments from the show while drawing their own conclusions,” Savage said.
“Although they are tackling the same myths and questions, each guest can have a unique experience within the exhibit,” Hyneman added. “We hope people have fun at the exhibit and get a sense of what it is like doing the show.”
COSI has the honor of being only the fourth venue to have hosted “Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition” and Columbus is the easternmost location visited by the display.
“COSI is excited to be one of the first venues to host this dynamic exhibition,” said David E. Chesebrough, Ed.D., COSI President and CEO. “Visitors will get to experience first-hand the types of experiments the MythBusters themselves have done on the show. That hands-on experience inspiring visitors to want to learn more about how things really work is at the core of COSI’s mission.”
“Seeing the MythBusters’ enthusiasm about the exhibition, we are very excited about it coming to COSI,” said Amy Noble Seitz, founder and CEO of Exhibits Development Group. “We truly hope this exhibition will spur scientific curiosity, thought and experimentation for all ages.”
Highlights of the exhibition include the extensive collection of show props and on-air experiment artifacts like the “Duct-tape Canoe”, “Buried Alive Coffin”, “Arrow Machine Gun”, “MythBusters Tornado Shield” and especially the always popular “Flatus Ignition Seat”. Wardrobe from the cast is also on display along with videos of the cast members explaining the various activity stations.
Another aspect of “Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition” is the energetic and informative live demonstrations. Hosted by COSI MythBusting facilitators, these live demonstrations shed light on all the different variables at play in either proving or disproving a hypothesis. For example, the audience can determine whether or not someone can dodge a bullet by watching as a volunteer withstands a barrage of paintballs (albeit with a great deal of protective gear on).
“Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition” is definitely worth the trip and highly recommended. The exhibit is designed in such a way that fans of the show will obviously love it, but also those who are unfamiliar with the program will also find plenty to enjoy. Any potential MythBuster out there, young and old, should do themselves a favor and check out this engaging display.
The exhibit opened June 8 and will close September 2.