The Educated Guess Science Fair

Attendees peruse humorous projects at the Educated Guess Science Fair in Gowanus.

By Andrew Andrews

Were you one of those kids in grade school that looked forward to science fairs and the opportunity to merge your love of crafting displays with your love of science and experimentation? Or maybe you were the opposite: the kid who hated crafting as much as you despised learning, resentful of the brainiacs, looking to put the least amount of effort into your project? Either way, Educated Guess Science Fair is the show for you!

We arrived at Littlefield and found the entire performance space filled with guests perusing displays about wacky scientific inquiries, such as Do These Ravioli Look Okay to Eat? (by Jon Shuta) and Is This Plant Dead? (Colin Burgess)—and some humorous cop-outs like School Sucks!!! I glued a bunch of HAIR to my board (Lucas Gardner). While some of the artist/scientists were checking out their competition, others stood by their projects to explain and elaborate: GOP New Health Plan (Sefa Urgenc) with the benefits of eating an apple a day, and Let’s Get Poppin’! (Justin Linville and Caroline Yost) trying to convince us that Christian Science will-power is all one needs to pop corn in a shoe instead of a microwave.

Truthfully, we were impressed by the amount of effort some of the comedian-creators invested into their works, with How Can I Convince My Sensei I’m Ready to Compete? (James Hamilton) and The Effects of Cannabis Consumption on Comedy Routines: Does Weed Ruin Bits? (Sebastian DiNatale and Nick Naney) standing out as some examples. In all honesty we were too lazy to read all of the content on the displays, so our favorites were the pieces with more straightforward, interactive components: at Can a Hot Musical Performance Make Water Boil? (Tommy McNamara), a musician played a melodica next to a cup of water. Life as a House (John Rosenberger) showed photos of buildings that look like faces, inviting us to impersonate them. And although Puppy Roast Battle (Manolo Moreno) was really nothing more than two tethered mechanical dogs, it made for a great GIF!

There were too many fabulous projects to mention them all (a surprising number dealing with puberty), but after more-than-enough time to circle the floor, hosts Steven DeSiena and Jo Firestone took the stage and started the comedy show. In between sets by Naomi Ekperigin (co-host of Couples Therapy), 27-year-old high school student Dan Licata and “The Kids from Drunk Science” (a monthly show at Littlefield that we intend to review eventually), DeSiena and Firestone worked the crowd with games like What Kinds of Science are Going on in Steve DeSiena’s Body and Science or Maybe Not a Science, which challenged Firestone and the audience to guess whether a word provided by DeSiena was the name of a real science.

Educated Guess is a very fun concept, very well-implemented, and as mentioned earlier, we were really impressed by the humor and effort that went into the wide array of projects. Our only complaint is that too much time passed between the start of the science fair and the start of the comedy show, causing about half of the crowd to leave the event before the routines started. Regardless, we recommend that you show up for the next Educated Guess Science Fair about 30 minutes after the posted start time—even later if, like us, you don’t feel like reading—for a funny reminder of the dear-old-golden-rule-days! 4

Andrew Andrews attended The Educated Guess Science Fair at Littlefield in Brooklyn on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 7:00pm to write this review.