From: Tom Brune
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3:59 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: WH print pool #2, 4/13/2016
President tours Science Fair
Obama spent nearly an hour visiting with the creators of eight projects, who ranged from nine-year-olds to an 18-year-old freshman in college.
Stealing the show were the youngest kids.
Jacob Leggette, 9, of Baltimore, told the president how he talked a company into giving him a 3-D printer in return for his feedback on its operation. With that, he began designing forms to make for his sister and him.
He showed a miniature White House he made and had Obama blow bubbles, mostly unsuccessfully, through a shape Jacob designed. "Clearly, I'm out of practice," Obama said.
Then Jacob said, "I have a question, Mr. President. Do you have a child science adviser?"
Obama countered that a child science advisory committee would work better - given the pressure and time it would take.
Obama also bantered with the Yeung sisters - Kimberly, 9, and Rebecca, 11 - from Seattle. They
Iaunched a homemade spaceship with a cat figure, camera and tracking device 78,000 feet high.
"We thought it would like 20,000," Kimberly said.
It landed about 51 miles away near cow dung - but not in it. "We checked," Rebecca said.
Obama also pulled a string to show electrical generation by a device using sea water; operated a vacuum designed to clean New York subway tracks, and stuck a card on a poster with glue discovered as part of a method to dissolve styrofoam.
See bios below.
Background from White House press aide - bios
Hannah Herbst, 15
Boca Raton, FL
Hannah Herbst, a 15-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, was named America’s 2015 Top Young Scientist and won the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for creating BEACON, an ocean-energy probe prototype. BEACON, which Hannah created hoping to help her nine-year-old pen pal in Ethiopia who lacks a reliable source of electricity, offers a stable power source to developing countries by using untapped energy from ocean currents. For her ingenuity, Hannah has been featured on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and received honors from the Office of Naval Research, the Florida Science Teachers Association, and the Society of Women Engineers.
Sanjana Rane, 18
18-year-old Sanjana Rane, from Prospect, Kentucky, helped discover how a particular protein could be used to detect and treat renal fibrosis. Her discovery helps to prevent renal fibrosis from developing into end-stage renal disease, an incurable total failure of the kidneys. Sanjana read about the dangers of air pollution and learned how the chemical acrolein – found in cigarette and industrial smoke – can cause kidney damage. As Sanjana delved into her research, she focused on how to shift acrolein’s influence on kidneys by using a particular protein as a therapeutic target. This novel approach won Sanjana a scholarship at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
Amro Halwah, 18 Stephen Mwingria, 17; Si Ya “Wendy” Ni, 18
New York City, NY
This team of young engineers from New York City saw a problem and sought a solution: trash fires on the subway system caused regular delays to school for students. Their Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam invention, a robot that moves along subway system rails, vacuums up debris to make New York City’s transportation system cleaner and more efficient for kids like them who take the subway to school every day. Amro and Stephen are students who came to the United States less than 10 years ago knowing very little English, and Wendy is a first generation college student, and they’re now on an educational path in computer science or engineering.
Kimberly Yeung, 9; Rebecca Yeung, 11
Nine-year-old Kimberly and 11-year-old Rebecca Yeung from Seattle, Washington, built a homemade “spacecraft” out of archery arrows and wood scraps, and launched it into the stratosphere via a helium balloon. They named it the Loki Lego Launcher after their late cat and a Lego figurine, and it records location coordinates, temperature, velocity, and pressure and reports the data back to the young inventors on the ground.
Sindhu Bala, 12; Ellie Englund, 12; Sydney Gralike, 13; Julianna Jones, 13; Reagan Mattison,12; Christina Yepez, 13
St. Louis, MO
These members of Girl Scout Troop #1484 from St. Louis, Missouri wanted to help a local retirement community be more environmentally friendly. They learned that 20,000 Styrofoam cups – cups that take 500 years to decompose in a landfill – were being used and disposed of every month. The team developed “Eco Bin,” a metal bin containing a non-toxic substance (d-limonene) that dissolves Styrofoam when mixed with water. An unexpected byproduct of the process is a sticky, gooey substance, which the girls bottled and branded as “GlOo” for art projects. These creations earned the girls state accolades and the chance to compete for the Global Innovation Award at FIRST Lego League Nationals. The girls are also now pursuing patents for “Eco Bin” and “GlOo.”
Jacob Leggette, 9
Nine-year old Jacob Leggette, of Baltimore, Maryland wanted to take on the Digital Harbor Foundation’s MiniMakers challenge, but faced they practical problem of not having a 3D printer. Jacob wrote letters to different printer companies, asking if they would donate a 3D printer in return for feedback on how easily a then-eight-year-old could use their device. His sales pitch worked, and he has been creating toys and games ever since.
Simon-Peter Frimpong, 13; Maya Max-Villard, 13; Grayson Fast, 14
Inspired by neighboring Buckley Air Force Base and, in particular, a veteran who needed a more functional prosthetic limb, these students designed and built a leg that will allow an amputee to hike, manage uneven terrain, and even skateboard. Through the use of computer design, 3D printing and interviews with the veteran, the team delivered a more-functional artificial limb, earning them a spot as finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national competition. The team hails from Horizon Middle School in Aurora, CO, a school with students representing 56 countries speaking 35 languages.
Siobhan Garry, 17; Mona Fariborzi, 17; Lauren Mori, 17; Bansi Parekh, 17; McKenna Stamp, 18
San Diego, CA
For high school students, navigating gender identity, and sexual and romantic orientation can be an isolating and difficult journey. To create a more positive and welcoming environment, a group of teen programmers created Spectrum, an Android app that attempts to provide a social media network for the LGBT community, especially younger users looking for a safe support system.
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