Kari Byron is on a mission — to get tweens interested in science.
On Monday, Byron — best-known as one of the "build team" members on Discovery's popular "Mythbusters" series — premieres her after-school show "Head Rush" on Science Channel. The commercial-free, hourlong shows are aimed particularly at middle-school girls, whose interest Byron says too often drifts away from scientific subjects starting around that age.
"It's a tough age," Byron said in a phone interview Friday afternoon. "When you think scientist at that age, you think nerdy white guy in a lab coat ... . We're trying to create new role models."