White House Science Fair

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Jayda Collazo wanted to make robots. That’s why she joined the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program at Dunlevy Milbank Center, through the Boys & Girls Club. She thought learning about robots might help her reach her goal of becoming a pediatrician.

She never thought it would take her to the White House. But that’s what happened on Tuesday, May 27, the day of the White House Science Fair, when STEM program sponsor Time Warner Cable sent Jayda on her first trip outside New York.

At the break of dawn, Jayda met Casper Lassiter, the director at Milbank, and got on a plane bound for our nation’s capitol. Shortly after arriving, she and about a dozen other girls met with White House officials to discuss how to get more girls involved in STEM.

Shortly after the meeting, everyone gathered at the White House Science Fair, including President Barack Obama. And when the president stood before the room to address participants in the science fair, Jayda was standing right behind him.

But she did more than just listen to President Obama speak. "He shook my hand," Jayda said. "My heart stopped beating for a second." (See the story at the Daily News.)

Two plane trips, standing inside the White House, and shaking hands with the most powerful man in the world. It was a day Jayda will never forget.

In just a few days, we’ll hear directly from Jayda about her experience.