Two Indian-Americans to showcase their science talent

Raina Jain from Pennsylvania analysed whether cells adhere better to rough or smooth surfaces of Bioglass, which could lead to improved bone implants.

A senior at Freedom High School, Raina hails from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She won first the place at the International BioGENEius Challenge for her research.

The International BioGENEius Challenge, the premier biotechnology competition for high school students, enables students to research in biotechnology and design an original independent project.

Eighth-graders Anika Patel and Angela Riggins have developed the Ecological Paper Printing and Ink Collector (EPPIC) system recycles and reuses printed-paper and its ink created by binding an organic renewable pigment to a graphene sheet with a large surface area made using nanotechnology.

From Mercer Island's Forest Ridge School, Anika and Angela won first place at the 18th annual Toshiba ExploraVision Awards.

ExploraVision encourages K-12 students to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science.

Raina Jain and Anika Patel are among the select few bright science students who have been selected by the White House to attend the prestigious science fair.

These students are winners from broad range of science, technology, engineering and Math competitions.

The White House Science Fair which kicks off today culminates with the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall and in 50 satellite locations, poised to engage more than a million people nationwide.

At the White House Science Fair, President Obama will view exhibits of winning student projects, ranging from breakthrough basic research to new inventions, and will deliver remarks congratulating these students on their diligence, desire to tackle hard problems, and drive to invent and discover.

The President will also announce his personal appearance on the upcoming December 8, 2010 episode of Discovery Channel's MythBusters, a popular TV show which uses science to determine the truth behind urban legends.

Additionally, the Administration and leading companies are taking further steps to advance STEM education, which include expanding the tools of invention so that more students can directly be the "makers of things".

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