BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A nine-year-old student from Baltimore was back at the White House for the first-ever meeting of President Obama’s kid science advisors.
Jacob Leggette, along with 10 other students from across the nation, met with some federal administrators and former astronauts to discuss their ideas for the future of science, tech and innovation on Friday.
Leggette pitched the idea of kid advisors last year, during the annual White House science fair, an idea the president liked and put into action. President Obama had science advisor Dr. John Holdren ask young people to share their thoughts on what they think is important in science, technology, and innovation. Kids can share what’s working inside and outside of their classrooms and give ideas to better engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
The students had a chance to meet with Dr. John Holdren, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, and former astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly.