promote science and math.
In the series, which aims to uncover the truth behind popular myths and legends, a team will answer a request from the president to revisit its 2006 experiment on the effectiveness of a Death Ray.
Obama will help the show’s team members Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman discover whether Greek scientist Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun.
In the 2006 episode, seen below, the team declared the myth “busted” because it took far too long for any reflected light to ignite a fire on a distant ship. Obama, however, requested they make another attempt.
A press release for the show asks, “Will Adam and Jamie be able to pull this off, or will they have to report back to the president that they failed?”
Producers are keeping mum on how exactly President Obama will help prove — or disprove — the myth. The episode is scheduled to air on Dec. 8.
Obama will announce his participation in the show during today’s scheduled White House Science Fair, celebrating the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions.