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“We the Geeks" is a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the United States. Topics such as commercial space exploration, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, turning science fiction to science fact, and others will be discussed with Administration officials and key private sector contributors. Join the conversation using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks and be sure to sign up for email updates about future "We the Geeks" hangouts.
African Americans are making amazing contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). But we need to make sure that African American students today also see themselves as tomorrow’s discoverers, explorers, developers, and STEM innovators.
At 3:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 25th, we’re hosting “We the Geeks: Celebrating Black History Month” -- a Google+ Hangout with some of our foremost African American STEM innovators and education advocates.
During the live Hangout, these leaders will share their inspiring personal stories and thoughts on how we can all help to ensure that America’s next generation of inventors, discoverers, and innovators fully reflects our nation’s diversity.
Got comments or questions? Ask with the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and Google+ -- and we'll answer some of them during the Hangout. Tomorrow’s Hangout will be moderated by OSTP’s Knatokie Ford and Marlon Marshall, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Special guests include:
- Dr. Paula Hammond -- David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi -- Assistant Professor in Physics/Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology
- Mr. Calvin Phelps -- jet engineer designer, Pratt & Whitney
- Ms. Crystal Brockington -- winner of Siemens’ “We Can Change the World Challenge”
- Evan Jackson, Alec Jackson, and Caleb Robinson -- kid inventors; winners of the Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Competition; participants in the 2013 White House Science Fair
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Watch We the Geeks: "Polar Vortex" and Extreme Weather, a conversation with leading meteorologists, climate scientists, and weather experts about why temperatures dipped to such frigid lows this week, how weather experts turn raw data into useful forecasts, and what we know about extreme weather events in the context of a changing climate.
Cristin Dorgelo and resident polar-science expert Brendan Kelly from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will moderated the live discussion including:
- Dan Utech, Director for Energy and Climate Change at the White House Domestic Policy Council
- Stephanie Abrams, The Weather Channel
- Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, President of the American Meteorological Society and Professor, University of Georgia
- Jim Overland, Arctic researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Jason Samenow, Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist and theWashington Post's Weather Editor
- Bernadette Woods Placky, Emmy award-winning Meteorologist at Climate Central
You can watch it live right here and on the White House Google+ page. Ask questions on Google+ or on Twitter with #WeTheGeeks.
We the Geeks: Future of Computing explored what possibilities the future of computing may bring – from wearables to Holodecks – and what’s needed to get there!
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The day before Thanksgiving, Bill Yosses — the White House Executive Pastry Chef — and a lineup of top food experts “talked turkey” and doveinto our dinner plates to explore the science of cooking. They drilled down into the science behind behind brining and marinating, how different kinds of bread can be made and how various levels of heat affect the chemical composition of ingredients. And we explored the ways astronauts make food and spend Thanksgiving in space.
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Hear from stellar students who are starting companies and building an entrepreneurial by tuning into “We the Geeks: Students with Startups”.
Leading student entrepreneurs and business moguls talk about how anyone can cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship in his or her own community.
The conversation was moderated by Doug Rand, Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and five teenage finalists of the 2013 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. The panel of pioneering entrepreneurs, included:
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Announcing the first ever White House Science Fair, the President called for an all hands on deck approach to grow a generation of Americans who are, “the makers of things, and not just the consumers of things.” And at the 2012 White House Science Fair, the President met student Joey Hudy and launched his marshmallow cannon, noting that Joey’s motto was, “Don’t be bored, make something.”Responding to that call, citizens, communities, and organizations are coming together to give students the tools to design with their minds and make with their hands.
The Hangout was moderated by Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation, and JJ Raynor, Policy Advisor at the National Economic Council, and will feature a panel of these leading experts:
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This “We the (Immigrant) Geeks” Google+ Hangout was on “Making the U.S. a Geek Magnet” – featuring extraordinary immigrant pioneers with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), who have made amazing discoveries, developed new inventions, founded high-growth companies, and conducted remarkable research. It was moderated by Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Doug Rand, Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Participants included:
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In celebration of YouTube's "Geek Week," the White House hosted a conversation about the state of American robotics and the possibilities for robots to improve life on Earth. Ask your questions now with #WeTheGeeks, and watch the Hangout live right here.
The Hangout was moderated by Vijay Kumar, Assistant Director for Robotics and Cyberphysical Systems, and Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation. John Green, best selling author and popular video blogger, joined the discussion and curate questions for a panel of these leading experts:
The Hangout featured a panel of leading experts including:
As thousands of sci-fi and superhero enthusiasts gather in San Diego for Comic-Con, here at the White House we gathered some of the Nation’s top innovators who are designing materials to enable real-life superpowers—including invisibility and super-strength.
Geeks have had a lasting positive impact on the lives of millions of people in the developing world—from the innovations and insights that fueled the Green Revolution, to the historic scientific achievements that have marked the “Beginning of the End of AIDS.” Geeks continue to play a central role in building technologies, making discoveries, building businesses, and engineering solutions that benefit people and communities around the world.
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In the same way that “merit badges” have been used by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and medals have been used by the military to demonstrate achievement, a growing number of foundations, government agencies, companies and non-profits are exploring “digital badges” as the 21st century equivalent of a resume-builder that students and workers can use to showcase their skills, encourage their peers, and find meaningful educational and employment opportunities.
This conversation about the potential of digital badges to help students and adults featured:
We gathered some leaders in space exploration together for a pregame show as asteroid 1998 QE2 safely flew by the Earth and Moon (we won’t have another close visit from this particular space rock for about 200 years). These experts included:
Grand Challenges are ambitious goals on a national or global scale that capture the imagination and demand advances in innovation and breakthroughs in science and technology. Watch our conversation with: