Young scientists impress Obama at White House
Young scientists impress Obama at White House Sergio Corral and Isela Martinez, both of Phoenix, Arizona, explain their robot to President Barack Obama during the 2015 White House Science Fair (AP photo / Reuters)
Young scientists impress Obama at White House
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The small Lego machine inside the White House whirred. And in a moment it was turning the pages of a story book. One page flipped. Then another, ever faster. President Barack Obama marveled at its efficiency.

The contraption's eventual aim would allow paralyzed or arthritic patients to read books despite their disabilities.

"How did you figure this out?" Obama, impressed, asked its inventors.

"We had a brainstorming session," one of the five 6-year-old Girl Scouts replied.

The kindergartners and first graders from Tulsa, Oklahoma, were among 35 young science fair winners. They had come to the White House. It is in Washington, DC. They showcased their breakthroughs. They ranged from spinal implants to carbon-dioxide powered batteries. There even was a keystroke identity system. It can back up computer password securities.

Obama used the science fair event to highlight efforts to encourage more students to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math. He announced more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year's fair is focused on diversity. The idea is to get more youngsters from all walks of life to participate.

The president seemed awed by all of the displays. But none seemed to delight him more than the Lego page-turner.

Obama allowed as to how the device might need a little adjustment. At its current speed, a reader might only catch three sentences in a page.

"It's a prototype," one of the Girl Scout designers replied matter-of-factly.

"Have you ever had a brainstorming session yourself?" one little girl asked.

Indeed, yes, the president replied.

"What did you come up with?"

"I mean, I came up with things like, you know, health care," he said, amused. "It turned out ok. But it started off with some prototypes."

The pledges the president announced include a $150 million philanthropic effort. Its goal is to encourage promising early-career scientists to stay on track. There's also a $90 million campaign to expand STEM opportunities to underrepresented youth. That focuses on minorities and girls. Altogether, the new STEM commitments have brought total financial and material support for these programs to $1 billion.

"It's not enough for our country just to be proud of you. We've got to support you," Obama said later. He spoke to students and scientists in the White House East Room.

More than 100 colleges and universities have committed to training 20,000 engineers. And a coalition of CEOs has promised to expand high-quality STEM education programs. They want to reach an additional 1.5 million students this year.

Obama launched "Educate to Innovate" in 2009. It's an effort to encourage the study of science, technology, engineering and math.

Obama said the fair is one of the most fun events held annually at the White House.

"Every year I walk out smarter than when I walked in," Obama said.

Critical thinking challenge: Why might this science fair do more to promote STEM than other science fairs?

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  • HokettK-Sua
    4/13/2015 - 10:12 p.m.

    I think this science fair would do more to promote STEM then others because it is a science fair that is held by the president. STEM will do better because the presidents holds this science fair and you have to have a project that is either science, technology, engineering and math. Also because it is the biggest science fair in the United States of America. The president promotes STEM and there has been a lot of money raised for it.` I think more people will go towards these fields because of STEM.

  • DorrN-Sua
    4/13/2015 - 10:18 p.m.

    The difference between this science fair and others is that this science fair is that it is made up of people who won other science fairs. Another reason is that this science fair has more money to donate than any other science fair, and this science has more of a diverse group of people.

  • StoneM-Sua
    4/13/2015 - 10:29 p.m.

    The reason why the STEM science fair will go better then other science fairs is from these three reasons. First, theses kids are from all over the world so they may know more then other kids. Next, the kids have more of a better thinking mind then adults because they have more creativity then adults do. Last, the kids have been working for months on these projects finding the mistakes that they made and how to fix it. So those are why the STEM science fair will do better then other science fairs.

  • MayerS-Sua
    4/13/2015 - 10:50 p.m.

    A reason why this science fair promote more to STEM research because they think kids can learn more about science, technology, engineering and math. Another reason why they promote more to STEM research because if you do STEM research you will see what the world STEM mean's. Seconded reason why this science fair promote more to STEM research because if the kid's learn what the world STEM mean's then they can research and if they learn STEM they will become smarter. The last reason why this science fair promote more to STEM research because if STEM help's kid's learn how to make thing's then they can also make a lone of money on the science project. Though's are some of the reason's why this science fair promote more to STEM research.

  • DosanjhN-Sua
    4/13/2015 - 11:09 p.m.

    Why might this science fair do more to promote STEM than other science fair because that focuses on minorities and girls that why this science fair do more to promote STEM than to other science fair.

  • HocogJ-Sua
    4/13/2015 - 11:24 p.m.

    This science fair might do more to promote STEM than other science fairs because they are making young people show their STEM inventions. They also encourage young students to create their STEM inventions. Also they display their ideas for people to learn what they invented and also just to see. Some of their inventions help people do different things like read and many other things. Another thing is that their inventions help inspire other young people to do different STEM inventions.

  • ManiegoC-Sua
    4/14/2015 - 12:29 a.m.

    I think that this Science Fair might do more to promote STEM than other Science Fairs by having more brave young students present impressive things to the President. I think that because I am shy when I present like a poster board project or show and tell or even share something to the President. Kids in Science Fairs try to do there best in science projects to pull it off and make it a cool and unique project. I think that is interesting because I am impressed that young people can do science like me. Last, I think these people can make more amazing things to share to the President.

  • NicholsE-Sua
    4/14/2015 - 12:32 a.m.

    Why might this science fair do more to promote STEM than other science fairs?
    This science fair do more to promote STEM than other science fairs because he wants different little kids to grow up being smart and knowing about how to help are country and how we get smarter every year. President Obama wants the kids to have a experiment what is like to know different things in science. This science fair is going to do more than other science fairs because president Obama want it big for the the students that don't know about what they are doing that helps them for school and other things. Another reason why its bigger than other ones are because More than 100 colleges and universities have help and got 20,000 engineers to get train to help. That my reasons why this science fair is bigger than all the others around the world.

  • ManuelJ-Sua
    4/14/2015 - 02:19 a.m.

    This science fair promotes STEM more than other science fairs because this one is trying to encourage kids, teens, and etc. to get more into science, programming, and math.

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