President Obama to Make Discovery Channel Debut on ‘MythBusters’

President Obama and the MythBusters
President Barack Obama records an episode of the Discovery Channel’s television show MythBusters with co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage in the Library of the White House, July 27, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)*

Living in D.C., we’re somewhat used to visits from foreign dignitaries, the occasional championship football/basketball/baseball team, etc. However, today President Barack Obama welcomed a bevy of scientific minds to the White House, including Discovery Channel‘s very own Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, as a part of the White House Science Fair.

We’ve been geeking out with MythBusters fans today on Twitter and Facebook — following the adventures of Adam and Jamie as they came across everyone from Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu to Dean Kamen (of Planet Green’s Dean of Invention) and Bill Nye.

While the primary focus is on STEM education and recognizing budding scientific minds, President Obama also announced his participation in an upcoming episode of MythBusters, saying:  “I can announce today that I taped a special guest appearance for their show, although I didn’t get to blow anything up…I was a little frustrated about that.” (Watch the video below!)

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The President will be featured in the December 8th episode entitled “Archimedes Solar Ray,” as he challenges Adam and Jamie to revisit an ancient and somewhat controversial myth:  Did Greek scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun?

Also in attendance at the White House Science Fair are Liam McCarty of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, the winner of the 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and Raj Raina and Yash Sathe, from Novi, Michigan, the middle school winners of the 2010 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.

Read more about Discovery Communications’ commitment to the President’s call to action for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) awareness, and find out more about today’s announcement.

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