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31 Jan

16-Year-Old 'Maker' Joey Hudy On STEM, The State Of The Union And Inspiring Others

Sixteen-year-old Joey Hudy (who helped President Obama launch marshmallows at the 2012 White House Science Fair) was invited to sit in First Lady Michelle Obama's box at the 2014 State of the Union address. In this guest post, the 'Maker' and Intel intern writes about his experience at the event and how STEM education makes a difference.

Guest post by Joey Hudy

It was amazing and a great privilege. I had the best time and would love to go again! I didn't know really what to expect of it, but it exceeded all my expectations. President Obama is a wonderful speaker.

STEM got me to the White House by being a MAKER. I feel I can be a good influence for other kids to know they can Make stuff too.

My inspiration is seeing other people using my creations, that makes me want to make more. I have a few products on the market that help kids learn to make.

[What was it like for President Obama to fire his marshmallow shooter?]

I don't know how President Obama felt, but he seemed very excited and looked like he was having fun.

I would like to continue working for Intel. and continuing encouraging kids to Make and to follow their dreams.

29 May

Submit Your Questions: Google+ Hangout on Asteroids

Asteroid-belt-1This Friday, an asteroid one and a half miles long will pass by our planet. Officially titled Asteroid 1998 QE2 (named after the oversized ocean liner), the asteroid will stay a comfortable 3.6 million miles from Earth but will be close enough to give astronomers a good look at its surface.

To mark this event, the White House is hosting a Google+ Hangout to talk about asteroids as part of its We the Geeks discussion series. Participants include Lori Garver, Bill Nye, Ed Lu, Peter Diamandis, and Jose Luis Galache, and the event will be moderated by White House staffer Cristin Dorgelo. The discussion kicks off on Friday, May 31st at 2PM EDT and will cover a range of topics, including asteroid identification, characterization, resource utilization, and hazard mitigation.

Do you have a question about asteroids? Now is your chance to ask experts! After the meteor shower in Russia and the 2012 DA14 asteroid fly-by, we all have an increased awareness of these objects. If you have a question for the experts, leave your question in the comments below. Make sure to check out the Hangout on Friday at 2PM EDT to watch the discussion live!

14 Mar

Happy Pi Day!

Pi-quiz-250March 14th commemorates everyone's favorite irrational number and mathematical constant. Of course, pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, and this ratio plays an important part in geometry, physics, engineering and more. Read on to see a few ways you can join in the fun — the possibilities are infinite!

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14 Feb

The Future Is Here. And It Wears Braces.

President Obama speaks at the White House Science Fair on February 7, 2012.

Last Tuesday I had the great pleasure - and honor - of being invited to attend the second annual White House Science Fair on behalf of SCI. I may be dating myself here, but the last time I was inside the White House was when teachers could still drop off a busload of kids at the front door for a tour almost any time.

We weren't sure if we'd be attending, so when we got the news on Monday, we had to put a plan together in short order. Luckily, our intrepid staff photographer, Beth Caldwell, agreed to drop everything and attend with me. Beth and I channeled our inner Rosalind Russels (remember her fast-talking reporter character from "His Girl Friday"?) as we checked in with the White House security team and got our shiny red Press badges. The reporters who regularly cover WH events have their own hangout with lots of cameras, computers, lockers, and a somewhat dingy espresso machine. We felt like real Washington insiders!

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