Kari Byron is a science role model and and all around cool chick. She has trained to be on MYTHBUSTERS since she was a child. 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.

After graduating from San Francisco State University and traveling the world, Kari began her career as a sculptor and painter, holding successful exhibitions at some of San Francisco's leading galleries. "Artist" was only one of many hats she wore while searching for her place in the world. Her sculpting skills and love for odd jobs soon led her into the field of model-making and toy-prototyping, which led to a job with Jamie Hyneman at M5 Industries. It was at M5 that Kari got her big break with MYTHBUSTERS.

Kari brings a unique perspective to the show as an artist, a science chick, and a working mom. We're honored to get her take on how to encourage young girls to take a greater interest in science.

PS: How did you land the job as a Mythbuster?

KB: I wanted a job in special effects so I sought out an internship at M5 Industries. Mythbusters had just started filming. I helped out behind the scenes and occasionally made a guest appearance. After the first season they needed to make episodes faster and asked if I would become part of the on screen team. Basically, it was a right time, right place scenario.

PS: What's the most fun you've ever had busting a myth?

KB: Though the upcoming Green Hornet Episode is my new favorite, I think I have the most fun when Grant, Tory and I are really swept away in a build. I love the moments of pure synergy and cooperation.

PS: How can parents support girls' natural curiosity in science?

KB: I think if you are interested in science, they will be too. Teach science like art, get your hands dirty. It gives you a great excuse just to hang out together.

PS: Besides yourself, can you recommend any other good science-minded role models for girls?

KB: I think the best role model is a parent. If you would like some good examples of women in science, I like this website:http://www.iwaswondering.org/ It names women in science and the cool jobs they do.

PS: What are some books (fiction or non-fiction) that might interest girls who like science?

KB: The science fiction book that got me interested when I was young is Neuromancer by William Gibson. It talked about concepts like the internet before it existed. It is probably outdated for today's audience since they don't know a world without Facebook, texting, and Skype. I encourage any and all reading, science or not.

Thanks, Kari. And keep busting those myths. You make science fun!