The White House invited some of the smartest kids in the country to come show off their inventions the other day. The White House's East Room — normally a place for prime time press conferences and State Dinners was transformed into a science fair. ABC's Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper took a tour of the displays and shows us what these little geniuses have come up with. Maybe there's a future Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein among them?
Take Taylor Wilson who says when he was 14 years old, he developed a nuclear fusion reactor. Now only 17 he's developed a tool that could be a big help for counter-terrorism -- detecting Uranium-235, Weapons Grade Plutonium and Highly Enriched Uranium — using a not-so-rare ingredient: water.
Or 14 year old Benjamin Hylak, who designed an interactive robot to allow him to Skype with his grandmother, and also find her pills and pour her a glass of water. Amazing!
And you know the old saying necessity is the mother of invention? Well, 12-year-old Ma'Kese Wesley and 11-year-old Isis Thompson heard about the deadly bacteria outbreaks on cantaloupe melons last year and came up with a high tech lunch box that zaps fruits and vegetables using UV light and makes them safe to eat.
These kids are all pretty incredible. Enough to make a White House reporter feel a little intimidated.
- The White House