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Science winner meets Obama

Greyson McCluskey of Indian Trail, a junior at Metrolina Christian Academy who won a national science invention contest called “Wouldn’t it be Cool If ...” last year, was invited to meet President Barack Obama at the White House as part of the White House Science Fair on April 23.

Greyson said he was excited by the experience, which he described as “surreal.”

“I went through extensive security (two I.D. checks, body scans, package scans, even standing still while the Secret Service had dogs search me for drugs and weapons), then finally entered into the East Wing of the White House. I set up my booth in the Grand Foyer, where I was one of the first and last presentations for the V.I.P. guests to see as they entered and left at the end of the science fair.

“I met Victor Cruz from the New York Giants, LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow, Bill Nye the Science Guy,” as well as the president. “It was amazing to be able to interact with other kids with the same passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).”

Greyson’s invention is called the Baby Safe Rider, meant to protect infants from dying when they are left or forgotten inside hot cars. He said his original submission has been “completely revolutionized” from an insert for a child’s car seat to a marketable line of products now trademarked as Tempro: thermal protection solutions. He has filed a patent for his idea.

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