Showing the world how cool science is can be tough, but Youtube personality Nick Uhas has mastered the formula.
You gotta blow stuff up.
On his Youtube channel Nickipedia, Uhas has explored scientific concepts and chemical reactions in ways that are approachable, fun and engaging – and should not be done at home.
He has demonstrated the effects of Sulfur Hexafloride on the human voice (spoiler alert: It makes you sound like a monster). He shows us what happens when you add soapy Hydrogen Peroxide to Potassium Iodide (another spoiler: SO. MUCH. FOAM.). But he really shines when he making things explode.
His fun experiments got him on the radar of shows like “The Today Show,” where he is a frequent guest and then on “America’s Got Talent,” where his Season 12 audition left the judges jaws hanging when he basically blew up Howie Mandel.
This week Uhas brings his scientific road show to the Frost Science Museum at Late @ Frost, an afterhours event for science geeks to really let their hair down. We caught up with him before his trip to Miami.
How did you become so enthusiastic about science?
It was my sixth grade teacher, Mr. Wilson. He took us on a field trip to Big Darby Creek. We went to collect water samples on that one field trip. And then I started to notice that science was everywhere. From that year on, I took education so much more seriously.
It seems like you like the part of science where things explode, create fire and react immediately.
I think the coolest part about the type of science that I do is that it’s demonstrable. You get to see science in action. That part of it really resonates with people. It’s the same reason we go to movies. We don’t want to watch people talk for two hours . We want to see action. Anything…