Outrageous Experiments

Jason’s Exit Interview

posted: 02/03/17
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Cardboard Boat Elimination

Robotics engineer Jason Kerestes was the third contestant to go home, just after the Cardboat Boat myth. While he showed excellent build skills, it was felt that he was a bit lacking in two key Mythbusters traits: communication and time management. Jason talked to us about his experience, including the paddleboat design that ultimately led to his departure.

  1. Your team had a lot of changes in its cardboard boat design -- from flat-bottom hull to clinker back to flat-bottom hull. What (or who) was behind all the pivoting?

There was pushback on what would be the best design: a strapped like method, which was difficult to build and prone to leaking, or a simple flat-bottom boat. Jon and Brian wanted the complicated boat, and they began building a scale version without communicating to the rest of the team. When this failed, we were already behind a day and had to start over.

  1. You took an early lead in designing the propulsion system, in this case a paddlewheel system. In the end, why didn't the paddlewheel system work?

The paddle wheel didn't work because it never was actually in the water. Even though I ensured the calculations were correct and knew where the water level would be, Jon refused to let the rest of the team put the axle hole in the side of the boat. I'm confident had we focused on the paddle instead of making the boat 1,000 pounds, it would have worked.

  1. The Red Team didn't finish its build in time, and had to come back on Saturday to finish. What do you think took up the most time, such that you guys missed your deadline?

There were two whole sides of the boat that ended up being unused. Jon and Brian required additional help building them only to end up scrapping the entire sections. On the last day no one on the team had started working on actual paddles, so we tried our hardest to make some but there just wasn't time to waterproof them.

  1. What were your thoughts when you saw the Blue Team forge ahead in the race?

That they built a nice boat and focused on their paddles from the beginning (as a team).

  1. If you could change anything about this episode, what would it be?

I wish I would have taken a stronger lead and been more forceful with the team. Sometimes nice guys finish last...

  1. How is being a MythBuster harder than it looked to you as a viewer?

When there's conflict, you don't always have time to resolve it. You have to press on and make things happen, especially when others disagree with you.

  1. How is being a MythBuster easier than it looked to you as a viewer?

When you love busting myths, applying science and engineering comes firsthand. It's what I do on a daily basis and I love it!

  1. Is there anything you want viewers to know about you or this experience that they may not get from watching the show?

My true goal here was to make science and engineering fun for the viewers. It was never to replace Adam or Jamie, but more so to try and continue their legacy in some way. We all looked up to them, and just wanted future generations to enjoy the show as much as we did.

Unfortunately, this show was less about "being" a MythBuster and more about "competing" to be one.

  1. What's next for you?

I would love to start a show that doesn't just make science cool, but also entertaining. Furthermore, I want to develop science and engineering technologies that change the world for the better and continue to motivate our future generations to focus on STEM related studies.

  1. What was it like meeting Adam Savage?

Adam Savage is a great man whom I really look up to. Hopefully someday we'll have a chance to collaborate and build some incredible and innovative things. Adam, call me!

  1. Did you watch MythBusters? What was your favorite episode?

I watched MythBusters and my favorite episode tested cell phones exploding gas stations.

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