‘Cool’ research for the president

White House welcomes a cross-section of young scientists and engineers

By Sid Perkins, 14:28 PM June 12, 2013

Sometimes things don’t go as planned — even in an exceptionally well-controlled place, like the White House. Just ask Easton James LaChappelle.


The 16-year-old engineer had created an inexpensive prosthetic arm to help handicapped individuals. When people at the White House learned about it, they invited the high school student from Mancos, Colo., to take part, April 22, in the third annual White House Science Fair. The teen was jubilant. He’d have the rare opportunity to meet the president a...

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