The White House Science Fair celebrates ingenuity, and this year there was plenty on hand to celebrate. The young inventors, engineers, future astronauts and researchers all came to impress the president, who is a fan of science and innovation.
“You remind us that together through science we can tackle some of the biggest challenges we face,” said President Barack Obama to the more than 130 students gathered at the White House. “You are sharing in this essential spirit of discovery that America is built on.”
The president shows a clear enthusiasm for the impressive displays of creativity and problem solving from young people. He began the fair in 2010, and each year has toured the exhibits, interacting with the students, asking questions, testing the projects.
“My only concern is that, you know, you may have trouble getting into college,” Obama joked with 18-year-old Sanjana Rane from Prospect, KY. She had just offered him a detailed explanation of how a particular protein could be a tool for detecting and treating renal fibrosis.
Other students also had projects aimed at solving some of the pressing problems of today. 17 year old Olivia Hallisey of Greenwich, Connecticut, created a diagnostic test to detect the Ebola virus. Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, 17, of Elmont, New York, found a way to keep offshore oil wells from leaking by improving the underwater cement seals. And Hannah Herbst, 15, of Boca Raton, Florida, created a device to harness energy from ocean currents.