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Of the People

White House Science Fair featuring Kari Byron
Virtually transport students to the fourth annual White House Science Fair, a celebration of the student winners from a broad range of STEM competitions. 


White House Science Fair Discussion featuring

In this archive, you and your students will hear from a student scientist working on cancer research, a mentor and the head of the Siemens Foundation, a White House official, as well as Eric Schwarz, CEO of US2020, a new multi-year mentoring effort that aims to match 1 million STEM mentors with students at youth-serving nonprofits by the year 2020. 

Presentation Format (appropriate for grades 4 and up)

  • 10 minutes - Interactive discussion with Kari Byron 
  • 10 minutes - Student scientist explains their project
  • 10 minutes - Q&A about how mentoring helps students succeed 

No special equipment is needed to view this event online. All you need is an internet connected computer (and a way to share with students - projector and speakers). Students will have the chance to submit questions online to be answered live.

Hear from a Student Scientist Making Significant Contributions to STEM Research

Frederick LangFrederick Lang
2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
National Finalist
Houston, TX

Frederick's Competition Research Description: For his research, Frederick identified a potential new treatment for glioblastoma multiforme, the most malignant type of adult brain cancer, using human mesenchymal stem cells to secrete exosomes containing anticancer microRNA. He tested this treatment through in-vitro and proof-of-principle studies. Both of Frederick’s parents are physicians in a cancer center; hearing stories of the difficulties that their patients often face is what drove him to pursue research that might contribute to improving outcomes for cancer patients.

About the Of the People Event Series

Broadcast live from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Of the People: Live from the White House, will take students to Washington, D.C. for a behind-the-scenes look at the people, places and issues that shape and inform our world.

Hosted by students and featuring White House personnel, this Virtual Field Trip series transports young learners beyond the walls of their classrooms to inquire, explore and discover.
During the event, Kari asked students to predict what would happen to a $20 bill that had been saturated in a solution of denatured alcohol and water. Below are what hundreds of student predicted. 


Participants Included:

Kari Byron
Kari kicked off the live event by challenging classrooms to explore a scientific concept from her Science Channel program HEAD RUSH. She will inspire us about the wonders of science and show how science is a vital part of our everyday lives.

Tina Tchen
Tina Tchen
Assistant to the President and
Chief of Staff to the First Lady
Within the Obama Administration, Tchen also serves as the Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls and the past Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Tchen is the recipient of many awards, including the Leadership Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (1999); "Women of Achievement" award from the Anti-Defamation League (1996); and Chicago Lawyer "Person of the Year" (1994).

David Etzwiler

David Etzwiler
Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation supports innovation, research and education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).


Eric Schwarz
Co-Founder & CEO, Citizen Schools + Executive Chairman, US2020
He is the Executive Chairman of US2020, a new organization formed through partnerships between education non-profits and corporate leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.