Some of you may recall Don Herbert, aka Mister Wizard, whose TV show was the first to turn kids on to science. I remember it vividly, though in black and white. Mister W was visited weekly by a couple of clean cut kids and they did cool science experiments.
Well, it turns out that Don was following in the footsteps of Michael Faraday. Faraday, along with his engineering and science accomplishments, was much beloved in England as a science ambassador to children and the world at large. He was dubbed a “wizard” in Queen Victoria’s time and he had, believe or not, a “Wizard’s staff”. That staff was passed down to Herbert and then to Herbert’s protege, Steve (Jake) Jacobs, aka Wizard IV.
Steve, Chief Scientist from Faraday Studios, is – among other things – the science consultant for MythBusters on Discovery Channel, and a board member and judge for our Kids’ Science Challenge competition – which launches its latest season tomorrow!
I’ve seen Jake in action, working his science magic with kids and adults – it’s fun and ingenious – lots of smoke, no mirrors! Many of the experiments he does – like the air cannon – date back to Faraday’s demonstrations. And he’s got Faraday’s wizard staff, too!
Check out http://www.kidsciencechallenge.com where you’ll with some videos which feature Jake and our latest group of scientists.