White House Annual Science Fair
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Did you know that the constitution calls for the legal protection of scientific inquiry and discovery? That makes sense since several of our founding fathers were inventors and scientists themselves, including Thomas Jefferson,  Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington who experimented with farm crops.

With that spirit in mind, President Barack Obama hosted the first science fair at the White House in 2010. The second one was conducted Feb. 7 of this year. More than 100 students from over 45 states attended, sharing their latest inventions — from a robotic arm to waste-reducing dissolvable sugar packets. The fair was replete with everything a future scientist or techie would enjoy, including an appearance from “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” who is the CEO of the Planetary Society. There were 38 winners representing 40 competitions and organizations.

The White House Science Fair celebrates the student winners, who come from a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions across the country. Obama viewed the students’ projects and spoke on the importance of STEM education. (Click here for a sampling of the projects.)

It’s not too late to get your child involved. Ask them to explain their favorite project, tweeting their answer to the #WHScienceFair hashtag or filling out the form on WhiteHouse.gov for a chance to see their submission posted on the website.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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