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Local students attend White House Science Fair


  Three students from Flippen Elementary School made a trip to Washington, D.C. on April 22 to present a project known as “Cool Pads” at the 2013 White House Science Fair. Caleb Robinson and Evan and Alec Jackson, ages 8 through 10, shared their idea with President Obama and some of America’s top scientists at the event in the nation’s capital.

Flippen Elementary students Caleb, Evan and Alec recently attended the 2013 White House Science Fair and shared their “Cool Pad’s” project with President Obama.           Special photo

  The concept of “Cool Pads” is designed around keeping football players safe in extreme heat during practices and games. The three boys developed a cooling system to lower body temperatures through the shoulders, armpits, helmet and groin area of uniforms. Sensors are put in place to monitor temperatures and cool the body as needed.

  Obama is an advocate for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) projects and furthering the efforts to get more students involved in correlating fields.

  With 100 students from 40 states in attendance, Caleb, Evan and Alec were among a multitude of prestigious names in Washington. Obama’s senior administration officials, appointees and members of Congress were all in attendance, along with celebrities like Bill Nye The Science Guy, LeVar Burton of Stark Trek and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.

  Flippen Elementary Principal Dr. Toni Obenauf is proud of her students and the progress they’ve made with these award-winning efforts. “They are dedicated students who will achieve great accomplishments in life,” she said.

  “Cool Pads” was first recognized at the 2012 Toshiba and National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision competition last year. The boys emerged as winners and earned an expense-paid trip to Washington last June with their families, mentor and coach. That summer they displayed their winning entry to Congressman Lynn Westmoreland and other members of Congress. They also received $2,500 savings bonds.



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