Saturday, August 21, 2010

Head Rush to Debut Monday August 23, 2010

(Silver Spring, Md.) Imagine a world where kids are as passionate about physics as they are about Facebook; where excelling in math is the coolest thing in school; and engineers and scientists are treated like rock stars. Science Channel introduces kids to this new world with the premiere of HEAD RUSH, a new one-hour, commercial-free kids’ programming block hosted by Kari Byron of the hit Discovery Channel series MYTHBUSTERS. Targeted toward middle-school age students, and the curious kid in all of us, HEAD RUSH will inspire and excite kids about the wonders of science and show how science is a vital part of their everyday lives.

HEAD RUSH premieres August 23 and airs Monday-Friday from 4-5PM ET/PT and Saturdays from 7-9AM ET/PT. The programming block is the cornerstone of a fully integrated on-air, online and educational strategy to catapult science out of the classroom and crash it into the real world.

“Kari’s energy and enthusiasm make her the perfect host of HEAD RUSH. She’ll be putting her hands into the science, introducing children – and adults – to entertaining discoveries and mind-blowing facts,” said Debbie Myers, general manager and executive vice president of programming, Science Channel. “Hosting HEAD RUSH gives me a chance to show that you don’t have to be a scientist to be passionate about science,” said Byron. “It combines all of my skills and passions into a high energy, informative hour that will hopefully encourage people to get excited and curious about science, technology, engineering and math.”

No subject will go unexplored as Kari dives into mathematics, science, technology, engineering, natural history and space with hands-on experiments, video shorts, viewer questions and answers, games and visits from other members of the Discovery family (think STORM CHASERS and even CAKE BOSS). The dynamic and entertaining programming block will consist of three segments per hour, each addressing a specific subject, question or theme of the hour.

HEAD RUSH represents the Science Channel’s contribution to The White House’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) initiative to get kids engaged in higher learning. By providing kids with relatable programming that features videos, interactive content and well-known, HEAD RUSH provides kids with an outlet for their curiosity and a resource for their ambitions.

Best known for her job as co-host of Discovery Channel’s MYTHBUSTERS, Kari Byron is a born tinkerer and explorer. By the age of 5 she was experimenting on her sister and using dolls as crash test dummies. Luckily for her parents, they always caught her right before her little sister took a ride down a laundry chute or was the subject of an “around-the-world” attempt on the playground swings. Kari began her career as a sculptor and painter before finding her dream job as a MythBuster. As the host of HEAD RUSH, Kari brings a unique perspective to the programming block as an artist, a science geek and a working mom.

HEAD RUSH is produced for Science Channel by Beyond Productions. John Luscombe is executive producer and Ian Watson is co-executive producer for Beyond Productions. Tracy Rudolph is executive producer for Science Channel, and Debbie Myers is general manager and executive vice president of programming for Science Channel.

About Science Channel
Science Channel, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is broadcast 24 hours a day and seven days a week to more than 66 million U.S. homes and simulcast on Science Channel HD. We immerse viewers in the incredible possibilities of science, from string theory and futuristic cities to accidental discoveries and outrageous inventions. We take things apart, peer inside and put things together in new and unexpected ways. We celebrate the trials, errors and brinking moments that change our lives forever.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Summer Byron

Here's one of two pics posted at my forum of Kari with her sister Summer Byron.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Kari Rules the World

She may not rule the world but she certainly seems to rule the internet.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Kari Byron named People's Choice for sexiest geek of 2006

Saturday, October 07, 2006

MythBusters blamed for 7 year old getting burned

From the Cythiana Democrat:
A 7-year-old Cynthiana girl received first-, second- and third-degree burns last week after she attempted a stunt she saw on television.

Reagan Sadler reportedly saw an episode of The Discovery Channel's MythBusters and tried to mimic an experiment by heating a jawbreaker in the microwave. The myth was that the candy would soften.

However, in Sadler's experiment, the jawbreaker's center liquefied and the outer shell exploded when she reached into the oven. The molten candy splattered onto her hands, arms, face and chest, and hardened while searing into her flesh.

Sadler's mother, Tanya Wright, said her daughter bought the three-inch jawbreaker at the drugstore.

“It had to be like hot lava,” Wright said, noting that had she known the candy would be going into the microwave it wouldn't have been purchased.

However, Wright said she didn't know if her daughter's intention was to soften the candy, because she had broken her tooth on the jawbreaker earlier in the day or if she was curious about the television show.

“The public needs to be warned,” Wright said of children trying to copy stunts they see on television.

Here we go. The next thing you know is that the Discovery Channel will be pulling that episode. You gotta love that last line. There's a reason Adam & Jamie warn the viewers not to try anything the MythBusters do at home. I do feel bad for the girl but the mother needs to pay closer attention to what her daughter is doing.

Friday, September 22, 2006

The chinese water torture episode

Anyone have any info on why the Discovery Channel never re airs that episode? I haven't seen any screencaps on the net of that episode. Is it available on dvd? If anyone has any screencaps let me know. For those that don't know about it, it's the episode where the MythBusters were testing if Chinese water torture actually worked. They had kari tied up as the water dripped on her forehead. She ended up crying and they had to release her. I think they also tested it on Adam but it had no effect.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Kari's not always smiling

I found this screencap at Mythcaps. Even when Kari looks sad she's still so damn cute. Someone posted at some website that they didn't like Kari because they thought she would probably be smiling at a funeral. I disagreee, Kari just like everyone else displays a wide range of emotions. It's just that on MythBusters you get to see her light hearted side. Besides Kari's smile always puts me in a good mood.