By Gautham Nagesh - 10/18/10 03:33 PM EDT
President Obama will appear on the Dec. 8 episode of the television show "Mythbusters" on the Discovery Channel.
The president is expected to announce his participation at Monday's White House Science Fair, where he will deliver remarks on the importance of improving student performance in science and mathematics. Among the attendees are students, leaders from industry and academia and the show's hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, along with TV personality Bill Nye of "Bill Nye the Science Guy."
On the episode, Obama will help test the validity of the myth that the Greek scientist Archimedes used mirrors to set fire to the invading Roman fleet during the Siege of Syracuse around 214 B.C. No details are available on what role Obama will play in proving or disproving the myth, but his appearance is aimed at spurring interest in math and science among the nation's youth.