President Obama hosted the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair, highlighting the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country, on Monday, April 22. The science fair featured 100 students from over 40 states and represented 45 different competitions and organizations that recognize the next generation of innovators. The students’ projects ranged from temperature-regulated pads for football players, which will maintain safe body temperatures on the field, to economically-viable algae biofuel, among other impressive ventures.

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There were several African-American students who participated in the 2013 Science Fair; recognizes these young, black phenoms:

Anthony Halmon

Age: 19

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

School: Perspectives Leadership Academy; attending Cornell University in Fall 2013

Favorite subject: Math

Fun fact: Halmon increased his GPA by nearly 2.6 points—from 1.0 to 3.6—once he transferred to Perspectives.

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