From science to the
In my elementary and middle-school years, not many students paid attention to a girl interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), espe- cially when compared to my peers who excelled in sports and drama.
‘Now, not only Super Bowl winners are invited to the White House,
but science fair winners as well,’ says Deepika Kurup.
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All of a sudden, I started receiving a lot of attention.
Perhaps it was because I won the $25,000 grand prize, or
maybe it was because I got an opportunity to discuss my
science project with President Obama.
Or, perhaps it was because I was invited to the 2013
White House Science Fair to exhibit my invention for purifying water.
I had wanted to participate in this fair (in my opinion, the
coolest science fair in the nation) ever since it was launched
in 2011. Of course, I had only dreamed that this wish would
actually come true.
In late April, when I got a phone call from Discovery
Education informing me that I was invited to the 2013
White House Science Fair I was extremely excited and
I met many kids who were enthusiastic about using
STEM in coming up with solutions to problems that affect
During his formal remarks, President Obama mentioned
that we were young scientists who dream, create and inno-
Deepika Kurup wrote this for the Huffington Post.
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