Students using science compete for chance to meet "Mythbusters" stars

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News 12 This Morning/Friday Dec. 6, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)--This Cross Creek high physics class is busting myths left and right, such as--

"How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? Can you open up a car door with a tennis ball?" said Judy Ward, science teacher at Cross Creek.

Ward has been using the TV show "Mythbusters" to motivate her students since August.

And they've been excited about the scientific method ever since.

"That's one of the things I wanted them to see is that science doesn't have to be something that's boring or hard," she explained. "It's just how we know things."

Now, her classes are competing for the chance to meet and greet with stars from the show.

So students like Kevin Moreno are pulling all out all the stops.

"Everyone was saying that if you go and stand upside down on your head, against the wall or something--that you'd lose some weight," Moreno said.

"To us, we were like 'what? How is that possible?' So we took three girls and three boys and we both got on our heads for five minutes, which was pretty painful," he explained.

The results? Some lost, others gained and others stayed the same.

"So we still don't know how it works, but somehow weight changes!" said Moreno.

Katelyn Martin and her class tackled a well known movie myth from the last scenes of the movie Titanic.

"We were testing whether or not Jack could actually have lived," said Martin.

The students jumped in--and busted that myth, finding that both Jack and Rose could have survived.

"She could have gotten on and put the life vest that she was wearing underneath the door that they were on and it would have had more buoyancy," Martin explained.

Another class discovered that a sword would be a better tool against zombies than a gun.

Students tell me the Mythbusters theme gives them a new found appreciation for science.

"Instead of just it being numbers and paper, you get to experiment," said Moreno.

It really helps to give us a better understanding," said Martin.

The class that wins will get a pizza party and their names entered to win a pair of tickets to Mythbusters, which is in town December 19 at the Bell Auditorium.

News 12 is a sponsor of the event, so if you'd like a chance to win free tickets, just head click the link below to like or comment on WRDW-TV's Facebook page to get your name entered.

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