“I’ve just been able to see the unbelievable ingenuity and passion and curiosity and brain power of America’s next generation, and all the cool things that they do.” – President Obama, 2016 White House Science Fair closing remarks
In 2010 to help honor and inspire students in STEM, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Science Fair, and yesterday afternoon he hosted the sixth and final of his Administration. Celebrating student competitors and winners from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math competitions, the event was the largest White House Science Fair to date, with more than 130 students from more than 30 states.
Since our invitation must have gotten lost in the mail, we were thrilled to see so much of the awesome girl power that was in the house – the White House – captured by the Twittersphere. Here are a few of our favorite Tweets recognizing some of the amazing young innovators who attended… prepare to have your minds blown by what these girls have invented, created and dreamed up.
* Note on the Supergirls pictured here in Valerie Jarrett’s Tweet and also in the lead photo of this story with supermodel and super coder Karlie Kloss: this group of Girl Scouts made their first appearance at the 2015 White House Science Fair, when they were just six years old, and taught the President about prototypes, while showing him the page-turning machine they built out of LEGO bricks for people with disabilities (watch the awesome video).
Pictured: High school sophomore Nia Clements (15) from San Antonio, TX, who was inspired to learn more about gastric cancer after unexpectedly losing her grandfather to the disease, and ultimately discovered an unlikely treatment in Santalum album (sandalwood) tree oil through her research.
Pictured: Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna (17), of Elmont, New York, was named a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search for adding a nanoclay ingredient called attapulgite to cement slurries to improve the undersea cement seals that keep offshore oil wells from leaking. She found that adding nanoclay at just 0.3 percent of the total volume of the mixture markedly improved the mixture’s properties.
Pictured: Nine-year-old Kimberly and eleven-year-old Rebecca Yeung from Seattle, Washington, who built a homemade “spacecraft” out of archery arrows and wood scraps, and launched it into the stratosphere via a helium balloon.
Pictured: Siobhan Garry (17), Mona Fariborzi (17), Lauren Mori (17), Bansi Parekh (17), and McKenna Stamp (18), a team of San Diego, California teen programmers who created Spectrum, an Android app that aims to provide a social-media network for the LGBTQIA+ community, especially younger users looking for a safe support system.
Pictured: Sindhu Bala (12), Ellie Englund (12), Sydney Gralike (13), Julianna Jones (13), Reagan Mattison (12), and Christina Yepez (13) of Girl Scout Troop 1484, who developed what they call an “Eco Bin,” which helps dissolve Styrofoam cups into an adhesive they have marketed to other Girl Scout troops for art projects.
Pictured: Mikayla Ockels, an 11th-grade student at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, Delaware, conducted a project to identify the most profitable breeds to satisfy the growing demand for pasture raised eggs. Her project, “Heritage Hens, Weighing in on Feed to Egg Conversion Rates,” studied which breed of Heritage Breed (a hardy breed that thrives in an outdoor environment) laying hen had the optimal Feed to Egg Conversion Rate (FECR), or total feed needed to produce an egg.