In a world of reality television dominated by business tycoons, survivalists, celebrities, fashionistas, and culinary geniuses, it's amazing that it took someone so long to carve out something for innovators, engineers and geeks. But starting tomorrow, the Discovery Channel will finally level the playing field with a new series, "Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius." And yes, it looks awesome. 

Hosted by Kal Penn, "Big Brain" follows a similar formula to shows like "The Apprentice" or "Project Runway" in that two competing teams must solve a vexing challenge. In this case, however, some of the concepts created just might end up changing the world. 

"The series features some of the greatest young minds in America. There is a lot at stake within the show itself, and in terms of what it signifies,” said Penn, who is best known for his roles in "House" and "Harold and Kumar." “I love education and science. It’s awesome to be part of such an exciting new series for Discovery Channel that celebrates all the amazing things our generation can do through creative thinking, the arts and STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.”

According to a release, some of the challenges competitors will face include creating a machine that can cook and arrange a meal for a group of famished tourists near the Santa Monica Pier; building a portable bunker that can be deployed in five minutes and that is able to withstand fire, pressurized water and high-speed winds from a jet engine; and constructing a robot capable of competing in three different athletic events.

The show premieres on May 1 at 10 p.m. (EST) on the Discovery Channel. Check out a preview below. 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Kal Penn to host 'Big Brain Theory' on Discovery
New reality series will feature teams competing to come up with solutions to seemingly impossible engineering problems.