GeekDad got the amazing opportunity to join the press at the White House this morning for President Obama’s remarks to the winners of the National Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Competitions. While we’ll have a report (and pictures) soon from our own Matt Blum, one great announcement that came out of the event was that President Obama has taped a segment for an upcoming episode of MythBusters (Adam and Jaime were there at the event)!
Said President Obama from the White House, “I’m pleased to welcome Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, known as the MYTHBUSTERS. I can announce today that I taped a special guest appearance for their show, although I didn’t get blow anything up… I was a little frustrated about that.”
The President will be featured in the December 8 MYTHBUSTERS episode, Archimedes Solar Ray, during which he challenges hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman 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? Prepared to test this myth in a way they’ve never been able to before, will Adam and Jamie be able to pull it off, or will they have to report back to the President that they failed?
Adam and Jamie were present in November 2009 for the President’s “Educate to Innovate” event, which kicked off the Administration’s campaign for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) awareness. The December 8 MYTHBUSTERS episode is part of a sweeping, multi-platform initiative launched by Discovery Communications called “Be the Future,” which also includes such commitments as HEAD RUSH, a commercial-free science block for kids that launched in August on Science Channel, and several initiatives of Discovery Education, which will make this special episode of MYTHBUSTERS available to students and educators across the country through Discovery Education’s curriculum-based digital resources.
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