The White House recently hosted the annual science fair, and kids from all over the U.S. got to show their inventions to President Obama and other important people. This was the fifth science fair held at the White House, and the inventions were just as cool as ever!
The White House Science Fair kids are all chosen from other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) contests all over the country. This year’s fair had more than 100 students from 30 different states, and more girls than ever before! Of those 100 students, 35 lucky ones got to display their invention inside the White House for the President.
Mallory Kieveman invented a cure for something we all get sometimes—the hiccups! After reading about old folk cures and thinking of the three things that always helped to cure her hiccups, (sugar, apple cider vinegar, and sucking on a lollipop), Mallory combined them to create the Hiccupop. The hiccup-stopping candy works great, and Mallory even has a patent for her invention.
Another inventor, fourteen-year old Trisha Prabhu, created a computer program to help people be nicer online. Her program, called “Rethink,” will warn you if you are about to send a message that might hurt someone’s feelings. This gives you a second chance to think about your words before you send them—something we can all use every now and then!
One of the favorite inventions was by a group of six-year-old Girl Scouts. They called themselves the “Super Girls Junior FIRST Lego League Team,” and they all wore Superman capes when they shook hands with President Obama. Their invention was a robot made of Legos that can turn the pages of books and magazines, which they said would be a help to people who are disabled or have arthritis.
During a speech at the Science Fair, Obama praised the young inventors: “These young scientists and engineers teach us … how to question assumptions; to wonder why something is the way it is, and how we can make it better.”