SCIENCE: Bro, do you even science? Meet (or remember) Mr. Wizard, the original Science Guy
Mr. Wizard was Bill Nye before Bill Nye was The Science Guy.
As author of this blog, I’m a child of the 1980s, back when Mr. Wizard was a staple on Nickelodeon. But even well before that, Don “Mr. Wizard” Herbert was televising science experiments in the 1950s and ’60s, showcasing the hands-on homemade wonders he created in his garage.
“If any of you reading now have been
surprised and happy to learn a few things about science watching ‘Bill
Nye the Science Guy,’ keep in mind, it all started with Don Herbert. . .
[he] changed the world.” (via Smithsonian)
I asked a few of @neorsd‘s lab staff if they had to pick one—Bill Nye or Mr. Wizard—who would it be? Bill Nye was the going-away winner, and several colleagues responded they didn’t even know who Mr. Wizard was. *sad face*
Lo, let this be a chance to share some of the 1980s science nostalgia that inspired countless scientists. Here are a few of Mr. Wizard’s water-related experiments.
Herbert passed away in 2007 but many more of his experiments live on online.
Experiments will also be a big part of our lab tour at September 19’s @neorsd Open House. Tour a treatment plant, lab, trucks and equipment, and step inside a life-size Sewer Simulator. You never know, something you or your child sees might be an inspiration.