Intel Science Talent Search Finalists Meet President Obama
I’m feeling pretty old today. Why? Well, I’ve spent some time thinking back to my high school days and trying to figure out how excited I’d have been to meet the President of the United States back then. I’m also trying to imagine what it would be like to have competed in a gigantic science fair where I could have won a huge scholarship for college. [Unfortunately for me, science and math were never my strong suits.]
So, its with some jealousy that I write this post about the 40 high school Intel Science Talent Search (STS) finalists who have been in Washington D.C. since March 6 to compete for more than a half million dollars in scholarships and prizes. These kids are brilliant — literally. They are the nation’s top high school scientists and as part of their involvement with the Intel STS program, they got to visit the White House yesterday and shake hands with President Obama. They also discussed with him their views on the role of math and science education in solving some of today’s most important and pressing global challenges.
Check out the photo.
(note: White House photo by Chuck Kennedy. If you are a journalist please request a copy of this photo from the White House via fax to 202 395-5347 or via email to SEisert@who.eop.gov)
I’m truly impressed and humbled by what these kids have already achieved at such a young age. I’m also relieved to know that these finalists and their achievements are our future!
Stay tuned… the winners of the Intel STS will be announced tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
For more info about the Intel STS program, go here. To join Intel’s community of people inspired by education, visit www.inspiredbyeducation.com, or visit www.intel.com/education.