A group of Kohala Middle School students were among more than 100 students representing 30 teams from across the country on February 7 in the second-ever White House Science Fair.
From robots in the Blue Room to rockets in the Red Room to marshmallow cannons in the State Dining Room, projects showcased the talents of America’s next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors, and innovators.
Isabel Steinhoff, Rico Bowman, Genevieve Boyle, and Mina Apostadiro from Kohala Middle School in Kapaau participated in the White House event after taking first place in the grade 6-8 division of the Siemens “We Can Change the World” Challenge, for their household battery recycling effort to collect 6,000 batteries in 60 days.
Under the banner “Improving the Environment One Community at a Time,” the team, named “6,000 in 60,” embarked on a campaign to improve their community’s use and disposal of batteries by giving local people information on the environmental harm of batteries disposed improperly along with providing local opportunities for recycling.
After viewing some of the displays and talking with students about their work, the President addressed students, parents, and teachers in the East Room.
“When students excel in math and science, they help America compete for the jobs and industries of the future,” said President Obama. “That’s why I’m proud to celebrate outstanding students at the White House Science Fair, and to announce new steps my Administration and its partners are taking to help more young people succeed in these critical subjects."
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