Fw: Print pool report #1

From: Collins, Michael [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 12:44 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: Print pool report #1

Pool was escorted into the State Dining Room at 10:52 am, where POTUS greeted young inventors at the White House Science Fair and checked out their inventions.

More color to come.

Meanwhile, here is background info from the White House:

This year’s White House Science Fair has a specific focus on diversity and includes more than 100 students from 30 states, representing more than 40 science competitions and organizations. 35 student teams will have the opportunity to exhibit their projects. After personally viewing 12 of these exhibits, the President will deliver remarks in the East Room to an audience of scientific and business leaders, students and educators, including:

·         John Holdren, President’s Science Advisor
·         Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
·         Michelle Lee, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)
·         Charlie Bolden, Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
·         Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
·         Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
·         Bill Nye, the Science Guy
·         Victor Cruz, Wide Receiver, New York Giants
·         Dean Kamen, entrepreneur and founder of FIRST robotics competition
·         Cierra Ramirez, Actress, ABC Family’s “The Fosters”

The President will announce over $240 million in new private-sector commitments to inspire more girls and boys into the science, technology, engineering and math, putting the President’s overall “Educate to Innovate” campaign over $1 billion in financial and in-kind support.

On stage, the President will have 20 student winners behind him.

Details on the exhibits that the President will see:

·         Sophia Sánchez-Maes is 16 years old and from Las Cruces, New Mexico. She identified a form of Yellowstone algae that could turn wastewater treatment systems into a net energy source.
·         Henry Paul is 17 years old and from Port Washington, New York.Building on his own personal challenges, he designed a new type of spinal implant that expands over time, helping to develop spines that stay straighter as they grow, and lengthening the time young patients can go between surgeries.
·         Stephanie Bullock, age 16, Shimeeka Stanley, age 15, Gabriel St.Kitts, age 13, Maria Heywood, age 13; and Amari DeSouza, age 12, are from the U.S. Virgin Islands. They designed rockets for the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
·         Emily Bergenroth, Alicia Cutter, Karissa Cheng, Addy O’Neal, and Emery Dodson, are all six-year-old Girl Scouts, from Tulsa, Oklahoma.They used Lego pieces and designed a battery-powered page turner to help people who are paralyzed or have arthritis.
·         Anvita Gupta is 17 years old and from Scottsdale, Arizona. She used machine learning to “teach” a computer to identify potential new drugs for Ebola, cancer, and tuberculosis.
·         Sahil Doshi, is 14 years old and from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Inspired by the global energy crisis, Sahil Doshi designed an innovative carbon-dioxide powered battery, reducing the environmental effects of pollution.
·         Sergio Corral, and Isela Martinez, are both 17 years old, and from Phoenix, AZ. They are current leaders of the robotics program from Carl Hayden High School, chronicled in the recent documentary “Underwater Dreams” where their under-served high school beat out MIT and other colleges in an underwater robotics competition.
·         Ruchi Pandya is 18 years old and from San Jose, California. Combining nanotechnology, biology, and electrochemistry, Ruchi precision medicine research shows that very small biological samples – only a single drop of blood – can test for specific cardiac biomarkers.
·         Nikhil Behari is 14 years old and from Sewickley, Pennsylvania. After hearing about major data breaches at retail chains, he got inspired to create a security system that uses additional data like one’s keystroke pressure to verify your identity even in your password is stolen.
·         Tiye Garret- Mills is 17 years old and from Denver, CO. Overcoming personal struggles, Tiye joined the citizen science movement and using a simple deskjet scanner, engineered several different methods to produce images that were cheaper and faster than traditional methods.
·         17-year-old Corine Peifer, and 18-year-old Kristian Sonsteby are from Wallenpaupack, PA. To combat poorly lit docks at a nearby lake, they designed a generator that uses the movement of a boat dock to produce electricity.
·         Mohammed Sayed, and Kaitlin Reed, are both 16 years old and from Cambridge and Dover, Massachusetts, respectively. Wheel-chair bound himself, Mohammed developed a 3D-printed modular arm for his wheelchair that can be used as a food tray, camera tripod, rain canopy, laptop holder, and cup holder, and Kaitlin developed an attachable lever that can make wheelchair movements easier and less tiring.

Michael Collins
Scripps Washington Bureau
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