President Obama recently met with two Bay Area high-school girls, – Tayo Ogunmayin and Eva Perez – at the White House Science Fair.
The girls are members of Girls Incorporated of Alameda County’s InnovaTE^3 Project, who were joined 30 other student teams from around the country for recognition of their achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes.
Tayo Ogunmayin is 14 years old and a ninth grader at Berkeley High School. Eva Perez is also 14 years old and a ninth grader at Oakland Charter in Oakland. Both girls are participants in InnovaTE^3, which stands for Innovating with Technology as Entrepreneurial Environmental Engineers) Project.
“You guys inspire me,” Obama said on Feb. 7 to the 100 students and administration officials in the ornate East Room, with some sitting on risers behind him.
Last semester, the project fofive teams then entered their models into the InnovaTE^3 Challenge competition. Teams presented their work to STEM professionals from the local chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar International (WTS), who selected the three winning teams.
The entries from the three winning teams, including the project of Tayo and Eva, were then submitted to the White House Office on Science and Technology Policy. Their unique design for a solar-powered bus that is guided by GPS, which allows busses to send signals to move through traffic lights creating faster commutes and less idling, won the “Most Innovative” award in the White House competition
For more information, visit www.girlsinc- alameda.org