President Barack Obama hosts the White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country : News Photo

President Barack Obama hosts the White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country

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WASHINGTON DC: APRIL 22 Meghana Rao, 17, of Portland, Oregon, won the American Natural History Museum Young Naturalist Award. She chats with President Barack Obama in the East Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2013. Meghana Rao is a Jesuit High School junior who—in addition to researching the ability of a class of charcoal known as biochar to store carbon—founded and directs a student-run non-profit organization, Portland Junior Scientists (PJS). Her organization connects high school students with underprivileged youths through collaborative hands-on science experiments, with the aim of inspiring all participants to pursue higher education. Meghana started PJS in 2011, after learning that severe budget cuts where forcing local elementary schools to cut back on science curricula. Through her organization, local students can attend weekly 1-hour afterschool science programs, participate in science fairs, and attend summer science programs. Her hard work helped her earn a 2013 Young Naturalist Award from the American Natural History Museum, and brought PJS a $5,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project and an $11,500 grant from the Case Foundation’s Finding Fearless program. President Barack Obama hosts the White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON DC: APRIL 22 Meghana Rao, 17, of Portland, Oregon, won the American Natural History Museum Young Naturalist Award. She chats with President Barack Obama in the East Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2013. Meghana Rao is a Jesuit High School junior who—in addition to researching the ability of a class of charcoal known as biochar to store carbon—founded and directs a student-run non-profit organization, Portland Junior Scientists (PJS). Her organization connects high school students with underprivileged youths through collaborative hands-on science experiments, with the aim of inspiring all participants to pursue higher education. Meghana started PJS in 2011, after learning that severe budget cuts where forcing local elementary schools to cut back on science curricula. Through her organization, local students can attend weekly 1-hour afterschool science programs, participate in science fairs, and attend summer science programs. Her hard work helped her earn a 2013 Young Naturalist Award from the American Natural History Museum, and brought PJS a $5,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project and an $11,500 grant from the Case Foundation’s Finding Fearless program. President Barack Obama hosts the White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Meghana Rao of Portland Oregon won the American Natural History... News Photo 167304300American,Award,History,Horizontal,Human Interest,Museum,Natural,Nature,Portland - Oregon,USA,Washington DC,Winning,YoungPhotographer Collection: The Washington Post 2013 The Washington PostWASHINGTON DC: APRIL 22 Meghana Rao, 17, of Portland, Oregon, won the American Natural History Museum Young Naturalist Award. She chats with President Barack Obama in the East Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2013. Meghana Rao is a Jesuit High School junior who—in addition to researching the ability of a class of charcoal known as biochar to store carbon—founded and directs a student-run non-profit organization, Portland Junior Scientists (PJS). Her organization connects high school students with underprivileged youths through collaborative hands-on science experiments, with the aim of inspiring all participants to pursue higher education. Meghana started PJS in 2011, after learning that severe budget cuts where forcing local elementary schools to cut back on science curricula. Through her organization, local students can attend weekly 1-hour afterschool science programs, participate in science fairs, and attend summer science programs. Her hard work helped her earn a 2013 Young Naturalist Award from the American Natural History Museum, and brought PJS a $5,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project and an $11,500 grant from the Case Foundation’s Finding Fearless program. President Barack Obama hosts the White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)