MythBuster Kari Byron helping White House tout science

Fourth-annual science fair is dedicated to getting girls into STEM subjects. Who better to help than the famous MythBuster?

Among the geek-girls set, there are few bigger stars than MythBuster Kari Byron. So when the White House was looking for someone to help promote its fourth-annual science fair, dedicated this year to getting girls excited about science, technology, engineering, and math, Byron was a perfect partner.

Starting Tuesday, the White House will open its science fair, and Byron will be hosting the event live at whitehouse.gov/science-fair. She also lent a hand by appearing in a video promoting the fair (embedded above). Byron joins the likes of other big science names like Bill Nye and Levar Burton in helping the Obama administration advance its STEM education efforts.

"Hosted by President Obama, the Fair will feature innovative projects, designs, and experiments from students all across America," the White House wrote in a blog post. "With students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, this year's fair will also include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work."

The White House also recently invited a Girl Scout troop, just one of several groups of "stellar STEM females who are packing up their inventions and research projects" and bringing them to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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MythBuster Kari Byron shooting an episode of that hit show on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay in 2011. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

Byron is no newbie when it comes to pushing STEM to kids, and especially to girls. In 2010, she signed up with the Science Channel on "Head Rush," a show that touted the exciting side of science for an audience of children.

The White House, meanwhile, has been putting an increased emphasis on promoting STEM initiatives. In February, it announced the first-ever White House Maker Faire, which will take place later this year.

Correction, 12:16 p.m. PT: This will be the fourth annual White House Science Fair, not the third.

 

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