Fans of Donut Media’s videos want to know what happened to Science Garage and if Donut Media will ever bring that segment back.
It’ll be eight months and counting since the last Science Garage episode, number 49, hit Donut Media’s Youtube and Facebook. Since then, there’s been no official explanation if Science Garage will ever come back along with its resident personality Bart Bidlingmeyer. Here’s why Science Garage will probably return, but without Bart.
Science Garage, as it stands, ran from February 2017 to the beginning of January 2019. With a wide range of topics like “Gasoline – How it works” and “How does a 2JZ engine work?” Science Garage had a seemingly endless supply of subjects of interest they could cover.
According to Social Blade, with a handful of Science Garage videos reaching over 2 million views and being some of the highest-rated videos for the channel, Science Garage brought in plenty of traffic and approval from its fanbase.
Then Science Garage videos no longer were being uploaded.
The unofficial reason everyone brought up for the first couple of months is that Bart had a kid, which is true. Check out his Instagram post below.
Unpaid paternity leave in California is only three months so, after March came and went, fans of Science Garage still had no answer.
Thankfully Bart is accessible via Instagram which means fans of Science Garage asked him what everyone wants to know, “Are you coming back?”
According to Bart himself in replies,
” Thanks for the support! Means a lot! I’m not at Donut anymore… hopefully you’ll see me online soon! “
Obviously that means Bart was probably let go, or he decided not to return.
As per Bart’s Linkedin, Bart was a creative producer, writer, and presenter for Donut Media so I will assume each Science Garage episode was, not counting appearances from James and Nolan, 99 percent his work. Without a “Bart” there’s no Science Garage.
If you want to work at Donut Media as a Host & Writer, you must submit a piece of work. One prompt is to teach an audience “How a Turbo works.” You must both be able to act as a personality and write your own parts. Asking for on “How a Turbo Works” sounds to me like they still want a “Science Garage” type segment.
What I think happened.
So, this is purely my opinion based on what I posted above. Science Garage brings in views and is entertaining with the right host, no doubt. But on an average of one video every two weeks, that wasn’t cutting it for Donut Media.
Arguably Donut Media’s cash cow “Up to speed” has uploads about once a week.
Science Garage, under Bart, probably took too long to write, shoot, edit, and publish on the web for Donut Media’s liking.
Perhaps the writing was on the wall and Bart becoming a Dad, wrapping up two years of work, was a natural segue into parting ways between Donut Media and Science Garage’s founding host.
So is Donut Media bringing back Science Garage or what?
If the right host/ writer comes along, yes. Right now, it’s not a priority for Donut Media since they’re experience explosive growth with their current batch of shows.
Bart set the bar high for the show and finding another host to match and surpass his level of work is hard to do, probably another reason Science Garage hasn’t come back yet.
The best segments of Donut Media are introduced and gather momentum organically. It’s the same with Science Garage, finding its next host won’t be rushed along.
When the host comes along, the segment will return.
Are you a fan of Science Garage and/or Bart, too? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.