In 1980, Professor Taylor earned funding to expand the CU Wizards program, enabling him to take the "magic" of science on the road. This traveling "Mr. Wizard" brought shows to schools throughout the state and sometimes to 20 different schools a year! From 1988-1991, Professor Taylor collaborated with Denver Channel 4's Larry Green to bring these science demonstrations to a broader audience. Together they produced the Emmy award-winning TV series "Physics for Fun." Copies of the show are now available on DVD along with a curriculum series through the CU Science Discovery program.
A Changing of the Guard:
In 1994, Professor David Nesbitt was inaugurated as the new senior "Wizard" and the show’s director. Professor Nesbitt expanded the program by fostering greater collaboration with faculty across scientific disciplines. Each year, about ten to twelve professors from different disciplines put on the Wizard’s hat to present shows to students.
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The Present and Future of CU Wizards
The show continues to grow under Professor Nesbitt’s direction. He has increased the show’s funding, including a small endowment, and continues to oversee the CU Wizard’s yearly schedule, inviting professors to share their enthusiasm for their particular field. The CU Wizards series is held on the CU Boulder campus one Saturday per month throughout the academic year. The CU Wizards are professors from departments ranging from physics to psychology who donate their knowledge, time and energy to create engaging and informative shows for the public.