It was no urban legend. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman–better known as the co-hosts of Discovery’s legacy stunt show “MythBusters”–took time out from a hectic shooting schedule to shoot the breeze at Dean Smith Center Sunday.
“An Afternoon with Adam and Jamie” was a headlining event of the 2010 NC Science Festival, an inaugural effort to connect scientific discovery and communities across the state. The festival runs through September 26th.
Savage and Hyneman took questions from press prior to taking the stage. Fans with premium tickets were even eligible to have their picture taken with the duo and enjoy some light snacks before the show. Then, people flooded the Dean Dome to listen to UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp interview the ‘Busters and watch video clips from their upcoming season. The crowd trended young and familial: it was evident the show resonates with the whole family. Children had the mic stand lowered to their tiny stature during the Q&A session immediately afterwards. One 7-year-old even asked what Savage and Hyneman would do if they were kidnapped. Savage let out a hearty laugh and clapped. “YES!” he said. “Thank you for asking my new favorite question of all time!”
Savage said even though the show’s factual account is not exact and there aren’t enough iterations of experiments to call it research, they have support from the scientific community at large for demonstrating the creative aspects of the scientific method. They get students fired up about science and discovering what no one’s discovered before.
“Middle school science teachers always tell me Thursdays are the best days for discussion in class,” Savage said. “Because the kids come in with questions they saw on an episode the night before. They’re engaged. Getting students to talk to their science teachers about science is my proudest accomplishment of all.”
Video from the press conference is now up on Science in the Triangle’s YouTube channel. Coverage by SITT bloggers Bora Zivkovic and Tyler Dukes soon to come.