The 2016 White House Science Fair is an exciting event hosted by President Obama, highlighting the ingenuity and creativity of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators. Student projects tackle some of America’s biggest challenges – climate change, cell-phone security, cancer treatment, early detection of the Ebola virus, recycling, energy efficiency, and more.
One of the exhibitors is 15-year-old Hannah Herbst, who created BEACON, an ocean-energy probe prototype that seeks to offer a stable power source to developing countries. Hannah has already received numerous honors for her design, including recognition from the Society of Women Engineers and the Office of Naval Research. We caught up with Hannah for a quick chat about her work.