We associate the game dodgeball with aggression. After all, players hurl balls at each other hoping to hit their opponents.
At Zero Gravity trampoline park yesterday, one young Mythbuster student approached the game from a very different perspective.
Finneus performed a sort of aerial yoga as balls whizzed by him. “I thought, why don’t I just ‘peace out’,” he said, “and not let things cloud my mind.”
As he jumped, Finneus clasped his hands and brought his legs up in a classic zen meditation pose. “I’ve been reading and playing a game called Dragonball,” he explained. “It’s about aliens who come from different places and they have to get in zen – in peace mode – to fight.”
Getting into “zen mode” seemed to keep Finneus safe from being hit. “It worked out pretty well,” he said. You could say he busted the myth that one has to play offensively to stay in the dodgeball game.
High above the trampolines, Sydney tentatively stepped on a panel that teeter-tottered under her weight, throwing her off balance.
She had a personal myth she was working to debunk. Does wearing a boot for several weeks affect one’s balance?
“I have really good balance because I’m in gymnastics,” she said. But after breaking her foot playing basketball, she noticed a change.
“I just got my boot off and it’s hard. I don’t have balance,” she said. She wanted to tackle what she called “The Air Zone” high ropes course to test and improve her balance.
Other ‘busters had different ideas about myths they were busting at Zero Gravity. “We’re coming here to bust the gravity myth,” said Ethan. “We’re seeing if when you jump on a trampoline, do you have more gravity, or less gravity, or the same?”Sawyer conducted mini myth busting at the Dunk Tank. “I like jumping and I like basketball,” Sawyer said. The Dunk Tank allowed him to do both and to confirm the myth that jumping on a trampoline allows you to dunk even higher than launching from solid ground.
Naima said the class came to Zero Gravity “kind of just to have fun.”
The class Teacher’s Assistant, Andrew, turned her idea into a myth challenge: “We’re busting the myth – can you have fun at Zero Gravity?”
“It’s busted!” shouted Naima. “You can have fun!”
“You mean, it’s confirmed,” corrected Andrew.
While students had some rather creative ideas about the myths they were busting, teacher Becky Marshall clarified that the trampoline experience was designed to explore myths associated with an earlier activity involving the moon landing.