A New York Times editorial, What We Owe the Mythbusters, does a great job of describing the incredible job the iconic show Mythbusters has done to further the interest of science in modern American society.
Americans have worried about the state of science literacy in our country since the days of Sputnik. Educators who want to improve our prospects in this field would do well to take a few pages from the “MythBusters” handbook.
At a time when interest in science in the U.S. was at an almost all-time low, hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, together with their many associates and occasional guests, showed their audience not only how science worked to solve problems and answer questions and myths… but how much fun it was to do it. The show will end its run after 14 seasons, 2,950 separate experiments and an unmeasurable amount of enjoyment and lessons learned by its enthusiastic fans.