Obama To Lead Discovery's Mythbusters For A Day

President's issue: Was Rome's fleet torched using mirrors?

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President Obama is a fan of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters. The professorial prez plans to be featured in an upcoming December episode where he'll press the hosts on this question: Did Greek scientist Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun?

Obama is expected to reveal his participation during a White House science fair today. Here's what Discovery sent us:

PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCES WALK-ON ROLE ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S MYTHBUSTERS, WHICH PREMIERES DECEMBER 8 AT 9PM ET/PT

WHAT: On Monday, October 18, President Obama will host the White House Science Fair, celebrating the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. During his remarks, President Obama will announce his participation in an upcoming episode of Discovery Channel's popular series, MYTHBUSTERS.

President Obama will be featured in the December 8 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? Will Adam and Jamie be able to pull this off, or will they have to report back to the President that they failed?

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