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Last updated by Joy Kitt

I love the "Mythbusters". It's as simple as that.  They explore all sorts of ideas, they constantly talk about the science, they consistently demonstrate fantastic testing procedures and they are passionate about what they're doing - it's infectious. 

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The main resources here are the videos from the show.They can be accessed through the "Episode guide" - they are not catalogued by topic but the titles are clear and the synopses will give you a good indication of the content so you can make a decision about how useful it will be for you.  From the main Mythbusters page, go to
"Web Exclusives" for short videos on specific topics.  You can supplement these with video from "After show" clips - here the guys discuss letters and comments from viewers about various items from the shows. It is interesting to hear about how they actually set investigations up and why they did things certain ways. It will give your students the idea that trying out different ideas is ok.

The "Science Behind the Myths"  is run by "HowStuffWorks.com" and gives excellent background reading on the science itself as well as having links to further ideas on the topic within "HowStuffWorks.com".  This is a good source of the science theory for you to get to grips with before your teaching but would also be useful for your students to use for research or advanced/additional reading. 

At the bottom of the Home page is a box headed "Mythbusters Science". "Myth Results" gives a written account of the busted myths and as well as the process Adam and Jamie went through to explore them.  This is text based but again good for your your advanced students...or the passionate ones who want to know more!  They have also linked to relevant videos within their site so you may find more videos to match your learning needs.

At the bottom of the main page is their "What's Hot?" section - this is the puzzles and games part but these are pretty tough and will be good for your students' observation skills training. There is the "Photo Compare Game" where you look for the differences in two photos - with a time limit...no pressure!  In "Adam Incognito" you put a jigsaw puzzle back together but there are tons of pieces and really intricate photos - it's hard!  It might be good to put on as a link on your class blog so your students can do them at home! My favourite is "Myth or Fact".  This is a series of true/false quizzes, with explanations, on different topics. They might be useful as review for an inquiry topic, or even to spark some questions to start a research topic - ie. if they don't know the answer then maybe it should be part of your investigation!

The Mythbusters have a new show called "Unchained Reaction".  Two teams are given 5 days to create a series of reactions (like a domino run).  It is a demonstration of collaborative creativity, and trial and error.

So have a look and see if you and your class can bust a myth or join the chat in the Forum.

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