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President meets with kid science advisors

Eleven students from across the country were invited to the White House Friday to meet with the president and others to share their thoughts about STEM education, the White House said.

Pres. Obama gives a Challenge Coin to Jacob & 10 other Kid Science Advisors in the Oval Office, Oct. 21
(Pete Souza / official White House photo)

Jacob Leggette, 9, and 10 other students from across the US met with federal administrators and former astronauts to discuss their ideas for the future of science, tech and innovation, on October 21, WJZ-TV (CBS affiliate, Baltimore) reports.

Jacob lives in Baltimore, and at the White House Science Fair in May, he shared his creations made through additive and subtractive manufacturing. He says he’s interested in helping close the digital divide through increased access to technology for all communities.

At the science fair, Jacob met the president and asked him why he didn’t have a kid science advisor. The president thought that sounded like a good idea.

So President Obama put out the call for ideas, and more than 2,500 students submitted their thoughts, hoping they would be selected to be on the first team of kid science advisors to the president.

From those hundreds of ideas, 11 were chosen, and those kids came to the White House to meet personally with the president and several federal officials, including Dr John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly; NASA Director Charles Bolden; and France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation.

In addition to Jacob, these students were in attendance:

  1. Logan Beatty, 14, Land O’Lakes, Florida
  2. Sage Foreman, 12, Goodyear, Arizona
  3. Anahi Gandara-Rodriguez, 15, Denver, Colorado
  4. Tylar Hedrick, 14, Nampa, Idaho
  5. Alexis Leggette, 5, Baltimore, Maryland
  6. Jamie Milota, 17, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  7. Alex Poret, 16, Sparta, New Jersey
  8. Alana Rieg, 14, Manhattan Beach, California
  9. Khristian Ward, 10, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
  10. Peng Zhou, 17, Cleveland, Ohio

The students shared their thoughts about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM subjects), according to the White House. Read all about them in brief biographical profiles on White House.gov.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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