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White House Science Fair

March 24th, 2015

Screen grab from NBC News story below from March 23, 2015.

It’s that time of year. No, not basketball’s March Madness (though we’ll probably be covering that too). Yesterday was the annual student science fair at the White House. It’s the fifth time President Obama has hosted the event and he took time to look at kids projects from all around the country. They were great!

Trisha Prabhu, a 14-year old from Illinois, invented a way for people to be kinder in their text and Twitter messages. She developed a computer program that helps people know if what they’re about to send out might be offensive or hurtful to the recipient because of the kinds of words it contains.

Harry Paul from Port Washington, New York, developed a way to help kids with the spinal deformity known as scoliosis (pronounced: sko-lee-oh-sis). It’s when your spine has a sideways curve in it that isn’t supposed to be there. You may have been tested for it at school or at the doctor’s office. Harry has it himself. His invention would make it so that an implant could adapt to a growing spine to help straighten it, instead of having operation after operation as he had. That means less time in the hospital, less pain … and hopefully more time at school and with friends.

There were also a group of 6-year old girl scouts from Oklahoma dressed as super heroes who made a robotic arm that will turn the pages of a book for you. They said it would be especially helpful for people with arthritis, for example, because it would be painful for them to turn the page on their own. When President Obama pointed out the pages turned quickly, one girl responded by saying, “It’s a prototype!” They also told the president they came up with the idea during a brainstorming session and then asked the president if he’d ever had one and what he came up with. President Obama replied: “I didn’t come up with anything this good… I came up with things like healthcare.”

You can see all of the wonderful projects below:

You can also read about the rest of the projects here at the White House’s website .

At his speech afterward, President Obama pointed out that there are real world challenges that need to be met with science, math, engineering and technology, and that he was seeing young people rising to the challenge to solve these problems. He added, “Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, and your hard work to change the world.”

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