Young Scientists and Innovators Amaze President Obama at the White House Science Fair
This week President Obama celebrated the remarkable achievements of student science fair winners and extraordinary kid innovators from across the nation in the third White House Science Fair. The Fair brought 100 students from more than 40 states to an all-day, hands-on celebration of the power and potential of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
As the President said in 2009, when he announced the first-ever White House Science Fair, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you’ve produced the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”
Check out this interview with Jace Hall and you’ll come to understand the impact that focus and self-motivation can have in a child’s success in life. Jace grew up in a rough neighborhood; raised by a single mom and never went to college. What he loved was video games! He’s a self-taught master of the video world — and has earned millions creating video games and movies. The message is clear: if he can do it — any kid can!
Special Note: The is a pilot episode (from the upcoming new program: DEFYING THE ODDS) — so please forgive the long intro.
A new technology is coming to children’s education — it’s called ‘augmented reality’! When I experienced it for the first time I couldn’t put it down – I was hooked! Augmented reality combines the physical and virtual world to create a magical environment that creates a unique learning experience.
no one has fully explored the impact this technology will have on children’s education!
PBS Kids is the first to test this new technology. Their game app — Lunch Rush — uses AR to teach children math. The app is free — download and play it with the kids. Let me know what you think.
Do African-American children know what happened on April 4, 1968?
I’ll never forget that day … and I’m sure many of you will not! However, do our children know this story? Do they know that some people, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., made the ‘ultimate’ sacrifice? It’s easy to take the rights we have today for granted — when you don’t know the struggle. As parents and educators we have a responsibility to past this history along. Better yet, let’s honor Dr. King by working to create the next generation of dreamers!