The 40 finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search 2014 had the opportunity to meet with President Obama at the White House on Friday, March 7. Each finalist got the opportunity to shake his hand and tell him where they were from before he addressed the group.
Shaun Datta of Maryland said “it was surprising how unassuming, calm, and quiet the President was. Everyone leans in and pays attention. He carries a lot of star power, like a rock star. One of the girls was so excited to see him that she was squeaking; her voice kept getting higher and higher…He told us that he had read our information [about the finalists and their projects], some of which he understood, and some of which he didn’t. And then we all laughed. He also talked about his commitment to STEM education.”
Read more student reactions on Society for Science & the Public's blog