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The White House Science Fair

President Obama looks at the COOL PADS for shoulders, helmet, armpits and groin created by Evan Jackson, Alec Jackson and Caleb Robinson, from Flippen Elementary School, McDonough, Georgia, during the White House Science Fair

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President Obama tries the bicycle-powered emergency water-sanitation station, created by high schoolers Payton Karr and Kiona Elliot from Oakland Park, Florida

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President Obama looks at the Robot “Vator” created and presented by Victoria Flechter, Rush Lyons, and Thomas Shields from St Vincent de Paul, Theodore, Alabama

President Obama looks at a rocket created by Wooddale High School’s students Wesley Carter and Darius Hooker from Memphis, Tennessee

President Obama greets New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz

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147 Responses to “The White House Science Fair”


  1. April 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    One of the most fun days at the WH. Go President Science Geek!!

  2. 22 taiping1
    April 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Man U is very impressive. Just watched in an Islington pub. Here to see new granddaughter! Our daughter in law here is an Arsenal fan, daughter a Spurs fan. But Man U way ahead.

  3. 25 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I saw when they were interviewing the three young lads (cool pads inventors) before they met the President, and they all indicated that meeting PBO would be among their highlights of the day. Well, they got their chance and it shows on their faces!! :)

  4. April 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Has there ever been a POTUS more “of the people” than this one? I think that’s why so many in Congress can’t support him in much of anything he tries to do, ironically enough…

    Gato
    http://www.partyandsoul.wordpress.com

  5. April 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    “@keithboykin: It seems Maureen Dowd’s silly NYT piece on Obama has gotten more negative critiques than LL Cool J’s silly “Accidental Racist” song.”

    • April 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Well, you do know that Mr. Cool J is a GOPer, no? Yes, a GOP rapper.

      • April 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        No, actually I didn’t know that LL Cool J was a Republican. Wow. Makes me like him less.

      • 32 globalcitizenlinda
        April 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        actually, during the last election (2012) and just a few days before PBO was re-elected, LL Cool J was interviewed by Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS). Tom asked him about the reports that he was a republican and LL laughed and said heck no! He said he did not know where the stories came from – that he was an O-voter and he just decides to remain politically inactive.

        the audio of the interview was on TJMS.com

  6. 34 GGAIL
    April 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Oh My! President Obama, Bill Nye & Victor Cruz All On One Thread!!!!

  7. 41 prettyfoot58
    April 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm
  8. April 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    And to Luis “Zombie Chomper” Suarez:

  9. 45 Ouapiti
    April 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    This is one of my favorite WH events! So love the importance POTUS and FLOTUS put on innovation and learning and how they make it fun and cool!

    • April 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      I think the President is having a lot of fun at these things. Serious geeking out on his part. :lol:

    • 47 nathkatun7
      April 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Ouapiti, I also love this event so much! With all the grim news and the other silly stuff on the news, it’s so niece to see all these young people who are filled with curiosity, and are passionate about learning and creating/inventing new things that will benefit mankind. A friend of mine from Canada told me that he is surprised that many Americans don’t realize what an exceptional man we elected President.

      • 48 canadabarb4obama
        April 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        as a Canadian, I agree with your friend 100%.

        • 49 nathkatun7
          April 23, 2013 at 2:47 am

          Hey, Canadabarb4Obama, I will definitely let John and his lovely wife Melissa know that they are not the only Canadians who admire and respect President Obama.

  10. 50 LadyTNT
    April 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Woot, woot!!! Memphis in the house!!! When I saw those young men’s poster board, I was thinking their logo looks like the Memphis light, gas, and water logo or as the Memphians so lovingly calls them, Memphis light, gas and robbers, LOL!! I guess they sponsored these kids. At least, that’s a good thing they’ve done.

  11. 51 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    If this is accurate, it’s sad that it’s not being reported anywhere else in the media – yet a google search on this issue brings up all sorts of articles over the last 3 days about the suspect NOT being mirandized and how people, or this group or that group are upset, etc.. If the MSM was sooooo interested in the Miranda issue over the last 72 hrs, why are they so quiet about it now?

    • 52 dotster3
      April 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      I see it all over twitter from all outlets now. I think they’re just slow on the uptake and this news is just now spreading. They all eventually copy each other. And I’ve noticed that everyone seems to be more dense and lethargic on Mondays. :)

      • 53 hopefruit2
        April 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm

        “And I’ve noticed that everyone seems to be more dense and lethargic on Mondays”

        Heh – That is true of the MSM everyday! :) :)

  12. April 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm
  13. April 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    In keeping with the theme of science, the things you discover via Wikipedia:

    Panda tea or Panda dung tea is a type of tea cultivated in the mountains of Ya’an, Sichuan and fertilized by the dung of pandas. When it officially goes on the market in April 2012 it will reputedly be the world’s most expensive tea and 50 grams (approximately 16 cups of tea) sold for $3,500 (£2,200), or about $200 (£130) a cup.[1][2] An Yanshi, a local panda tea entrepreneur, argues that the tea is healthy given that pandas only consume wild bamboo and absorb only about 30% of the nutrients and that it encourages “the culture of recycling and using organic fertilizers.”[3]

  14. 59 dotster3
    April 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    And on and on it goes, daily, across America. If you have a gun in the home, a family member is more likely to be a victim.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/tenn-man-accused-shooting-killing-wife-charged-murder/story?id=19017072#.UXWxC7Xvv0d

  15. 60 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    • 61 anniebella
      April 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      “F” Greenwald, and Maureen Dowd too.

    • 62 4morefor44
      April 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      oh, don’t you see? glenn made them do it with all their whining! haha.

    • 63 Nena20409
      April 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      I would also have asked him was was he so premature in showing his immaturity?

      Didn’t he jumped the gun…..Accusing, Ranting, Raving earlier and now pretending that His fatuousness should be forgotten?

      May He go directly to Blazes….seriously.

    • 64 MightyPamela
      April 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      No one really cares what you think, whoever you are, or think you are. Fool.

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Sheesh, GG always has a “but” in his statements. What a piece of work! Does he ever smile? Does he ever have anything positive to say about anyone? Damn, he drives me bonkers! Is this how he makes his living? Does he have a “real” job? I literally cannot stand the sight of him! Such a pessimist!!
      Ok, end of rant. He just pushes my buttons!

      Chips, thanks so much for the videos – it gives me an enormous amount of hope for yet another generation. What wonderful, intelligent, bright young people! I am so proud of them! I enjoy sports, but I wish academics got the same amount of glory (and $$$ of course).

  16. 66 Nena20409
    April 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Thomas Dolby……Blinded Me With Science ;) Happy Earth Day All :cool:

  17. April 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm
    • 68 Lovepolitics2008
      April 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Greenwald is a one trick pony. Civil rights, civil rights. In the real world of governance, people who have responsibilities are always faced with soul-searching decisions. They have to weigh different values.

      In the real world, there are many cases where you can’t respect ALL your values at the same time. Civil rights of a criminal vs right to life and security for a community. Another example is the debate about prosecuting Bush/Cheney: importance to demonstrate that no public official should be above the law VS importance to avoid a traumatic political battle that could divide America even more sharply that it really is, and this for decades.

      Ideologues seems to be incapable of acknowledging how complex the world is. Oh, I think a few ideologues are necessary in a society, because they constantly reminds us of our ideals. However their “assessments” of very difficult political decisions don’t have a lot of value in my opinion because those assessments are based on a very narrow view of reality.

      Pay attention to all those people who criticize and criticize. They may have some good points when they talk about a particular value, or a particular objective, about how in an ideal world things should be. Their opinions, dissertations are centered around ONE thing, ONE idea. They rarely acknowledge the presence of conflicting values or objectives in a decision. They refuse to acknowledge the rest of the environment.

      • April 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        But the thing is Lovepolitics, I have some respect for those who focus on the civil rights issues in cases like these, I think they’re important voices that need to be heard, but Greenwald, I have absolutely no doubt, is a complete fraud and isn’t remotely sincere. He just desperately seeks any opportunity to spit bile at PBO.

        He tried to reinvent himself as a civil rights crusader when he left lawyer-ing in the hope of making a name for himself in the media, but he left behind a trail of stuff that points to nothing but conservative ideology, and in some cases much more right wing than that – like his views on illegal immigrants. He supported the Iraq war, because he believed GWB was “entitled to have his national security judgment deferred to”, and only abandoned that position when he realized it might be more profitable to appear to be a ‘progressive’ crusader. As I always go on about, he wasn’t a kid when he supported Bush and the war, he was a lawyer close to 40.

        He has expressed support for Gary Johnson, Ron and Rand Paul, all with questionable, to say the least, views on issues of race.

        And it’s every lawyer’s right to offer a defense to any client at all, so it wasn’t so much the fact that he defended a white supremacist that was an eye-opener, it was his behavior during that defense and his comments about the victims that really said all I’ll ever need to know about this guy.

        He is ugly to the core, and has serious issues.

      • 70 nathkatun7
        April 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

        Actually, Greenwald is all about what he calls “Civil Liberties” and not so much about “civil rights.” I noticed how completely silent he was when it came to voter suppression laws–clearly a civil rights issue.

  18. April 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    RIP Richie Havens. (And yes, that might be my night owl post.)

  19. 80 sherijr
    April 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I love love love our Geek In Chief… and those 3 little boys were wonderful- they just wanted to meet “Barack Obama”, as were all the young people – so thrilled by their amazing abilities- and THIS President introduced us to all of them.

  20. 81 Elly in Maryland
    April 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    It will be great some years from now to look back on the Obama era in education, to see how things slowly turned around because of his many efforts in promoting science, technology, engineering and math. And how he pushed girls to study those subjects. It will take time to see the pay-off but I’m sure it will come.

  21. 82 carolyn
    April 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I know the President feels all these incidents very deeply. But I admire the way he keeps doing his job. To me he exemplifies the British motto after the subway bombings: “Keep calm and carry on.”
    I think the Senators should live by that instead of constantly going into hype mode. The same goes for the media. Report the news, please…..don’t hyperventilate over little things.
    Keep calm and carry on.

  22. 83 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    But, but but PBO hates women…

    • 84 anniebella
      April 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Republicans women too. What’s the purpose of inviting them? They will vote how ever McTurtle tell them too.

      • 85 Vicki
        April 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        Maybe not. Women may be more open to reason.

        • 86 nathkatun7
          April 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

          I am not sure, Vicki that women are “more open to reason…” than men. I base my skepticism on the behavior of women like Anne Coulter, Laura Ingram, and the half term governor, Sarah Palin. On the other hand, I think it’s o.k. for the President to also invite Republican women, if his goal is to emphasize and celebrate the achievements of women in politics.

      • 87 anniebella
        April 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        Did Senator Susan Collins miss one dinner or was she late because she was meeting with family members of Sandy Hooks. Then she goes out and vote against the background check

    • 88 a4alice
      April 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      that’s interesting – I hope PBO can make inroads with these Senators.

    • 89 yardarm756
      April 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Ooooo! I’ll bet there will be some interesting conversations in that dining room. I’d love to be in that room. I hope FLOTUS is there to keep them hens in check. :-D

      • 90 hopefruit2
        April 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        Heh! Although I believe that FLOTUS doesn’t need to be there. PBO has earned her trust.

        • 91 yardarm756
          April 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

          I wasn’t worried about PBO. I don’t trust the wimmin!

          • 92 hopefruit2
            April 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

            LOL :) They won’t try anything with good ole Pete souza in the background filming their every shot.

            • 93 yardarm756
              April 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

              Who knows what would happen after a glass o’ wine or if somebodies off their meds or whatever. They bear watching especially that snake Ayotte!

  23. April 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm
  24. 100 dotster3
    April 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    If you’re wondering who is posting crazy, threatening messages online, here he is. Ct. man charged with threatening Gov. Malloy and being in possession of a prohibited assault weapon—-AK47. This is exactly how I picture these imbalanced, delirious kookheads—–

    http://www.courant.com/community/new-britain/hc-new-britain-threat-arrest-0423-20130422,0,3640918.story

  25. 102 dotster3
    April 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm
    • 103 a4alice
      April 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      This is great Dotster. I’m gonna write Senator Klobuchar. Women can change things! :-)

      • 104 Roberta in MN
        April 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        When you do ask her why she is trying to legislate for repealing the 2.3% of tax on medical devices in the ACA and try to come up with another alternative. I am not too sure how accurate the story is, supposed Franken also endorses it. I know we come from a medical device state, but some where this stuff to undermine the President has got to stop. I sent her a tweet already.

        • 105 a4alice
          April 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

          oh nuts Roberta – I already wrote her. I didn’t know she was doing that. huh – I will write her again and ask. (like she’s gonna write me – but still) I gotta find out more about this.

  26. 106 prettyfoot58
    April 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm
  27. 107 Jovie
    April 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Didn’t Glen Greenwald support GW?
    And why didn’t his Libertarian civil liberties streak only happen when this President came into office ?
    Why wasn’t he a Libertarian during Clinton’s terms , or GW?
    Strange, isn’t it?

    • 108 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      All very good questions, Jovie. We’ve been asking the same!

    • 109 nathkatun7
      April 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      Jovie, these are questions that need to be asked, but are rarely ever asked. People like Greewald, who are now regarded as prominent liberals/ progressives were, not too long ago, supporters of the GOP . The person in this group that I am more familiar with, since I live in California, is Arianna Huffington. In the 1990s, she was a vocal right wing Republican. She opposed Bill Clinton, and she joined in calling for his impeachment. Now all of a sudden, she is supposedly one of the icons of liberalism/progressivism. Please spare me! I don’t trust any of them. Many of these former Republicans, masquerading as liberals/progressives, have been some of the most vicious “liberal/progressives” bashers of President Obama.

  28. 110 dotster3
    April 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    CBS—-suspect says brothers acted alone, religion “may” have been a motivating factor.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Keep in mind the suspect did NOT say that they were motivated by religion, he only said that they acted alone – again this “religion” theory is the MSM’s desperate need to tie the heinous acts to Islam as part of their need to “otherize” the crime.

      • 112 Vicki
        April 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        Hf, I agree.
        But the facts may prove to be more Columbine or Leopold/Loeb than Islamic Muslim terrorists.
        Big parallel to Spokane bombs that didn’t go off near the MLK march in 2011.
        MSM doesn’t care for facts.

      • 113 dotster3
        April 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        I see the source was 2 anonymous U.S. officials, saying that they did not believe that there were ties to any Islamist terrorist group, but that religion played a role. I don’t mind news organizations looking for the why, because we’re all curious about that—–there has to be something—-they didn’t just wake up bored one day and decide to cause death and mayhem on a lark. There has to be some sort of strong feeling about something which caused these 2 guys to act out in such a violent manner. But I do not like “anonymous” sources. News outlets have a hard time being patient—-everyone wants to be first with some news—–any news—-on this big story. But they need to wait until they have something concrete, named credible sources.

        • 114 nathkatun7
          April 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

          “…they didn’t just wake up bored one day and decide to cause death and mayhem on a lark.”

          Dotster, you may want to read Smartypants post yesterday, which detailed a troubled family life for these two young men. I am sorry I am not good at posting links, but Smartypants’ blog is listed on TOD’s favorite blog rolls, and so it’s easily accessible to you. Again, I believe that if these two young men were devout Christians, the media and the political demagogues would not be going around blaming Christianity, especially when there is evidence that they came from troubled families.

    • April 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm
      • April 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        typo corrected …

        • 117 nathkatun7
          April 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm

          Great tweet, Bob! If you do read my response (which is about four hours later) I do have a request: Please can you post a link to Smartypants article yesterday that discussed the troubled family life of these two young men? Why is this aspect-the troubled family life- being ignored by the media? At least, it’s one of the possible explanation for these young men’s horrific actions?

    • 118 Jovie
      April 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Good news. Please tweet this to Rep King, Senators Graham and McCain.

    • 120 nathkatun7
      April 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      CBS News says: ” Bombing suspect says he and brother acted alone according to officials.” Obviously this debunks the claim that they were acting on behalf of Al’Qaida or another terrorist entity.

      Then CBS News adds this second nugget:

      “evidence also indicate religion may have motivated brothers in attack.”

      This second nugget is not based on what the “bombing suspect said.” Rather, it’s based on undisclosed evidence, supposedly gathered by CBS. Until I see the source(s) of that evidence to determine if its legitimate, I am not buying this. This smells like a blatant effort by the mainstream media to justify their a priori conclusions that religion caused these two boys to commit these acts of terror..

  29. 121 99ts
    April 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I’m six threads behind – but just wondering

    It’s like nothing happens in the world anymore (according to the press) except murder mayhem and terror

    These politicians and news folks need to get a grandbabe and watch him/her learn and grow – then they will see the world so differently

    Nice to see the good news on TOD

    • 122 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      A ‘good news’ story for you:

      Glenolden boy, 7, spearheads Pizza Party for struggling locals (With Video)

      Seven year old Kaide McEnhill dreams of being an astronaut. The Glenolden School second grader also dreams of someday being able to help feed those who go hungry because they’re struggling and can’t afford food.

      While recently hanging out at the West End Boat Club in Essington with his great-grandparents Helene and Dan McEnhill, Kaide casually mentioned his dreams to family friend Sherry Schaefer of Wallingford. Impressed by his charitable ambitions, Schaefer retold the story to friend Brian Marshall, who also happens to own Cocco’s Pizza restaurants in Media and Brookhaven.

      more – – – – > http://delcotimes.com/articles/2013/04/22/news/doc51754fcb0e293650278814.txt?viewmode=fullstory

      • 123 99ts
        April 23, 2013 at 4:44 am

        Hi Alycee – I had to go out & completely missed your reply – it is a lovely story – but as I age, I dream of the day when no-one “goes hungry because they can’t afford food”. In the land of plenty, boys and their families, friends and pizza owners shouldn’t need to be providing for the “poor”. There truly is enough to go around – yet too many get nothing.

  30. 124 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Overshadowed by the Boston bombing and WestTX fire, the Constitution Project released their 600 page report on post 9/11 detainee treatment.

  31. 125 prettyfoot58
    April 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    • 126 prettyfoot58
      April 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Pennsylvania would realize an economic boost of $5 billion if Gov. Tom Corbett approves expansion of Medicaid, a new report by the Pennsylvania Economy League found.

      New economic activity from the expansion of the government health insurance program would support between 35,000 and 40,000 jobs and $3.6 billion in new tax revenue

  32. 127 lamh36
    April 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Joe Walsh Calls For Profiling ‘Young Muslim Men’

    Now ask yourself, how exactly do you profile “young Muslim men”? Answer: Any male who “looks Muslim” will be stopped. Now ask yourself,how exactly does a “young Muslim man” look? Do you just stand outside Muslim places of worship and harass them all. Does the Nation of Islam followers count as “young Muslim men”

  33. 133 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Mark Knoller can finally relax.

  34. 134 JER
    April 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm
  35. 135 Jovie
    April 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    The Senate voted 74-20 on Monday to end debate on proceeding to a bill that would allow states to collect online sales tax.
    The Marketplace Fairness Act, S. 743, would empower states to collect taxes on purchases made online by consumers in their states.
    The strong vote to end debate suggests supporters of the bill are likely to see it win approval in the Senate this week. Its path through the House, despite the support of many GOP governors, is less clear.
    Senators in states without a sales tax voiced opposition to the bill Monday, arguing it would burden retailers in their states by forcing them to collect taxes for other state governments.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/295393-senate-votes-74-20-to-proceed-to-online-sales-tax-bill#ixzz2REhEnfcE
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  36. 136 prettyfoot58
    April 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I do not understand how our governor can look away from those most vulnerable—our elderly, our children, and the working poor—and not readily grasp the federal funding that has already been set aside to extend health care coverage to 700,000 Pennsylvania residents who are currently not insured or under-insured.

  37. 139 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm
  38. 140 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Emoprogery (along with the usual book-peddling for $$$$) at its peak.

  39. 141 prettyfoot58
    April 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  40. 142 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Well, of course Sir.

  41. 143 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Prettyfoot sorry for the duplicate, but it appears that we were both inspired by LeVar’s tweet :)

  42. 147 jacquelineoboomer
    April 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Ah, nostalgia. (Sorry this is so long; I got a little carried away.) This wonderful White House science fair reminds me of my Navy civilian career of 150 years ago. Believe me, I’m no scientist, but I was the EEO manager at our site, back then, and one of the things our command did was to offer to help sponsor the local inner-city high school’s annual science fair, with other student programs to be held at our organization during the year. The school had a huge number of students, not a big budget, and a very high drop-out rate. Our goal was to encourage young women and minority high-school students there not only to stay in school, but also to plan to attend college and consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers and, oh by the way, come work for the Navy.

    I set up the initial meeting with the Science department head, and he was very cordial. As I explained to him what we’d like to do, and said we wished to make this an annual endeavor, and expand our interest, he smiled. Then he said, “Well, thanks so much, and we’d be glad for the help. Come on out. But to tell you the truth, we get other corporations and entities coming in here offering that same thing. They usually show up once, and we never see them again.”

    I went back and related that to our commanding officer, who was a Navy captain, with two kids in high school himself, and both he and our senior civilian executive director said they were “in.” Truthfully, we all felt terrible about what the Science teacher had said, because we knew it was no doubt true. That first year, we provided volunteer scientists and engineers to the school to help coach the science fair entrants. We got the local civilian Navy League to donate hundreds of dollars to give to the students via their teachers, to cover the costs of their project supplies. The CO and exec director went to the school the week of the fair and served as judges. Throughout the year, we hosted students on site, giving them the “wow” tour, and they got to see the high-level technology and hear the Navy’s story.

    Four years later, we were still doing all that, and since I was leaving that job, the Science department head at the high school sent me a letter of apology, saying how glad he was that we “stuck with his students,” and that he was sorry he had misjudged us. When I opened the letter in my office, I cried like a baby.

    Many, many members of every community act as mentors to their youth every year, around the country, and – sad to say – with the Republican governors who have infested the different states with all the wrong ideas, more and more in the community are still needed to become actively involved. Thank God we have President Obama and his administration still setting the example! I love our geeky President, too!


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