From: Collins, Michael [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 01:17 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: Print pool report #2
POTUS entered the State Dining Room at 11:18 am. He walked around to each table, chatted with the young inventors about their inventions, and posed for photos.
After a few minutes in the State Dining Room, he walked into the Red Room and then the Blue Room, where more inventors and inventions awaited.
"We're really proud of you," he said several times.
A few highlights:
--When Anvita Gupta of Scottsdale , Arizona, explained how she had used an algorithm to help identify possible new drugs to treat Ebola, cancer and tuberculosis, POTUS turned to the pool, grinned and said, "I don't know what you all have been doing. But this is what she has been doing."
-- In the Red Room, a group of 6-year-old Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Okla., showed POTUS how they used Lego pieces and designed a battery-powered page turner to help people who are paralyzed or have arthritis. One of the young girls explained that their device was a prototype, which elicited a chuckle from POTUS. When POTUS suggested they take a group photo, one of the girls looked at the pool and asked, "Which camera do we look at?" After the photo, POTUS gave the girls a group hug.
--In the Blue Room, POTUS sat in a wheelchair while Kaitlin Reed of Dover, Mass., demonstrated an attachable lever that she invented that can make wheelchair movements easier.
Pool was escorted into the East Room at 12:11 pm. POTUS entered three minutes later and addressed the crowd. A transcript is forthcoming.
"It is unbelievable what so many of these young people have accomplished at such an early age," POTUS said
To the young scientists and engineers, he said: "Keep explaining. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why."
POTUS finished speaking at 12:37 pm
Scripps Washington Bureau
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