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Young Scientists Impress President Obama at 2015 Science Fair

Young Scientists Impress President Obama at 2015 Science Fair

A group of 6-year-old Girl Scouts wowed President Obama this week at the White House Science Fair with their automatic page turner that they built out of Legos.

The girls "explained that the invention was the result of a brainstorming session," according to a recent New York Times article.

“Have you ever had a brainstorming session yourself?” one of the young inventors asked the president, the article said.

"He chuckled and responded quickly: 'Health care,'" the article said. "The president saw demonstrations of several of the projects, including one from a high school girl in Arizona who invented an algorithm to identify new Ebola drugs; one from a young man in New York with congenital scoliosis who created a spinal implant; and another from a freshman in Pennsylvania who devised a new method for securing computers against hackers."

According to the article, "the White House took the opportunity to announce $240 million in new commitments from the government and private businesses to help children succeed in science, technology and math. Officials said that included a pledge of $150 million from philanthropies intended to build a pipeline of young talent in the sciences."

“You’ve made a lot of people proud — your parents, your teachers, your friends, your mentors,” Obama told the children in an East Room ceremony, according to the article. “And as president, I’m proud of you, because America is going to be stronger and smarter and healthier, and a much more interesting place because of you.”

According to the article, for President Obama, "it was clear that the best part of the day was spending time with the young inventors. After singling out the high-powered projects, the president also mentioned the day’s youngest scientists."

“They realized that some people who might be paralyzed or arthritic might have trouble turning pages on a book, so they invented this page turner,” Obama said in the article. “It was awesome.”

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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