WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: U.S. President Barack Obama shows off a replica of the White House made with a 3D printer by nine-year old Jacob Leggette (L) while touring exhibits at the White House Science Fair April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. Leggette, of Baltimore, Maryland wanted to take on the Digital Harbor Foundation's MiniMakers challenge, but faced the practical problem of not having a 3D printer. Jacob wrote letters to different printer companies, asking if they would donate a 3D printer in return for feedback on how easily a then eight-year-old could use their device. His sales pitch worked, and he has been creating toys and games ever since.

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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.

Taylor Lewis
Apr, 13, 2016

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.”

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.”