Today, President Obama is hosting the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair, celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.
We are thrilled on several levels.
Hive youth are there to represent! Zainab Oni from MOUSE Corps is presenting the Dining Band, a wrist-mounted Arduino circuit that communicates the location of food on a plate for diners who are blind and visually impaired. The Dining Band won Best Overall project at Emoti-Con! 2012, and Zainab is on the Hive NYC Youth Council currently helping to plan Emoti-Con 2013. She was one of our Hive Street Squad interns last year, is a budding Webmaker, and has written for Huffington Post Teen. Senqué A. Little-Poole from Hive Pittsburgh is also there to showcase his research on how to use anti-virus cells to cure diseases. Both of them exemplify the amazing things young people can do when they are empowered with the tools and skills they need to shape the world around them. And they clearly have bright futures ahead!
President Obama helped kick off this summer’s Maker Party campaign! From the official White House press release announcing new commitments to advance the President’s Educate to Innovate Campaign:
Mozilla and the National Writing Project will lead Maker Party 2013: Learn, Connect, Share, a summer long campaign where teachers, technologists and families across the country will join dozens of partner organizations including the NYC Department of Education, Intel,
and DIY.org to help young people embrace the maker spirit and learn career building STEM skills. The campaign will launch on June 15 with a Hive Learning Pop-up, the first of over 1,000 summer learning events planned as part of the Summer of Making and Connecting supported by the MacArthur Foundation.
Go to www.webmaker.org/party to find out more, sign up to hold an event, become a partner, or just join the party!