Obama Meets the Next Generation of Scientists

SCIENCE

Meet the teenage (and 7-ear-old!) scientists who exhibited at the 2014 White House Science Fair, which focused on women in STEM fields. (White House blog)

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President Barack Obama and science fair exhibitors speak to the press at the 2014 White House Science Fair.  Photograph by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

President Barack Obama and science fair exhibitors speak to the press at the 2014 White House Science Fair.
Photograph by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Discussion Ideas

  • After reading a story in National Geographic about the global shortage of metals and elements used in magnets—called “rare earths”—and how important magnets are to objects like motors and wind turbines, Kavita Selva, 14, set out to design a strong magnet that contains little or no rare materials.
  • Amena Jamali, 16, and Juan Ramos, coded their own counter-factual history game! (Awesome!) Cassandra Baquero, 13, Caitlin Gonzolez, 12, and Janessa Leija, 11, developed an app to help visually impaired people better navigate their surroundings.
  • Deidre Carrillo, 18, helped design and build an electric vehicle.
  • “Team Rocket Power” developed a rocket designed to launch to an altitude of about 230 meters (750 feet), and then return a “payload” (an egg) to the ground safely.
  • Olivia Van Amsterdam, 16, Katelyn Sweeney, 17, and their team of invented a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that can help search-and-rescue dive teams search for bodies.
  • Girl Scout Troop 2612—8-year-year-olds!—invented a “Flood Proof Bridge.”
  • Maria Hanes, 19, developed her “Concussion Cushion” helmet material to improve safety for athletes in her favorite game, football.
  • Katia Castañeda, 19, developed an electronic cane that senses what is ahead of it.
    • Want to learn how other engineers are helping humanity? Meet Ashley Murray, cleaning water and saving lives in Ghana.
  • Crystal Brockington, 18, and Aaron Barron, 18, conducted research to determine which alternative material could be used in quantum dots—a key type of semi-conductor—to create a more efficient, cost-effective solar cell.
  • Ananya Cleetus, 17, has invented not one but two prosthetic-limb devices. Her most recent project, a robotic prosthetic hand designed to aid leprosy victims in India, was computer modeled, 3D-printed, wired, sewed, and programmed entirely by Ananya.

See President Obama talk to the scientists here!

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