Parents, Educators & Engineers

Dream It. Build It. Teach It!

Get kids excited about engineering.

We took a toilet to the White House.

Really, we did! And this just might be the most exciting thing to happen around here since we got our own category on Teen Jeopardy! Naturally, I just couldn't wait to blog about it.

MaryAnn, one of three Grand Prize winners of our 2010 Trash to Treasure Competition, was invited to bring her water-conserving "Smarter Toiler" to the White House Science Fair. The event celebrated the winners of STEM competitions from around the country.

MaryAnn met all kinds of cool, interesting, and important people--including President Obama! She shook his hand and even got his signature on her school excuse note. Now that's some clever thinkin', MaryAnn.

Here, she gives Dr. Harold Varmus, Director of the National Cancer Institute, a closer look at the Smarter Toilet.

Do your kids participate in science and engineering competitions? Although their inventions may not end up in the East Wing of the White House, their experiences can be just as rewarding. They'll be challenged to make personal connections to their work--outside of the classroom--and just might see that they really can make a difference in the world.

So look for opportunities to get your kids involved. You never know where they may take them!
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