Calling all kids: The White House wants your science, tech ideas

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The White House put out a call for the next big idea in science and technology – and adults need not apply.

John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote in a blog post Thursday that the president is asking the nation’s kids to submit ideas related to science, innovation and technology.

“Whether you care about tackling climate change, finding a cure to cancer, using technology to help make people’s lives better, or getting a human to Mars, we can’t wait to get your input!” he said in the White House blog.

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He writes that President Barack Obama came up with the idea after talking to nine-year-old Jacob Leggette during last month’s White House Science Fair. Jacob, who showcased his research with a 3-D printer at the fair, suggested the president select a kid science adviser.

“The President loved the idea, and suggested that we bring together a group of kids to share their thoughts on what they think is important in science, technology, and innovation,” Holdren wrote. “Kids know first-hand what’s working inside and outside of their classrooms and how to better engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.”

Obama recognizes that future innovations depend on the savvy of today’s students, he added.

Below the blog post, an online application form asks pint-sized scientists for one idea that could “make our country work better using science and technology.” It also asks the applicants what their favorite thing is about STEM.

The form is due June 17 by 11:59 p.m.

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