Hundreds of Students Attend President Obama’s Final White House Science Fair

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One of this year’s participants was Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, the New York teen who has been accepted to all 8 Ivy League colleges.

For the sixth year, the White House science fair has attracted some of the next generation’s best and brightest minds. 

This year’s fair attracted 130 nationwide students who came bearing charts, displays and research on everything from a cure to Ebola to solving the world’s pollution problem.

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“You remind us that together through science, we can tackle some of the biggest challenges we face,” President Obama told the group of students. “You are sharing in this essential spirit of discovery that America is built on.”

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One of the fair’s participants was 18-year-old Nicole O’Dell, a Georgia teen that has done extensive research on the effects of low-dose radiation. Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a New York 17-year-old who has been accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools, has invented a solution that would seal offshore oil wells, preventing the likelihood of undersea oil leaks.

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“As a society, we have to celebrate outstanding work by young people in science at least as much as we do Super Bowl winners,” President Obama said at last year’s Science Fair. “Because superstar biologists and engineers and rocket scientists and robot builders…they’re what’s going to transform our society.” 

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