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9-Year-Old Representing Baltimore’s Digital Harbor Foundation Dazzles President Obama with 3D Printing Expertise

by • April 17, 2016 • No Comments

leg7Baltimore is not an effortless place to grow up, by a long shot. But you wouldn’t understand which of hearing of Jacob Legette, a 9-year-old West Baltimore resident, who not long ago got to spend a day revealing off his 3D printed wares to none other than the President himself. Hailing of the neighborhood rocked complex by news of the highly controversial death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore’s police, Leggette’s rowhouse is right around the corner of the Western District police station — the epicenter of protest last spring.

Not too far away of Baltimore, one year later, on April 13, 2016, Obama’s 6th and final White House Science Fair took place. And Leggette was there with the projects he created on his 3D printing device, as well as a lot of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education advice for the President.

Leggette is a Renaissance child of sorts, who counts 3D printing one of most of his interests and hobbies. Right now he has a black belt in tae kwon do, is learning piano, and loves playing video games. It is unclear whether President Obama got the accident to hear Leggette recite the 44 Presidents in succession, or name all 50 states in the order they were admitted to the union (two things he can in addition do readily). But Obama did hear all of 3D printing of this young tremendous, who shared his 3D printed sticky molds with the Commander in Chief. Obama in addition got the accident to blow bubbles of Leggette’s 3D printed bubble wand (see video at a lower place).

Stating which this was “the most day of his life,” Leggette in addition impacted the education climate as he advised the President to allow kids to shape the way STEM education is implemented nationally. The response? Obama has approved the thought for a kids’ advisory group for STEM education! Go kids!

DHF-Logo-Lockup-716x74Wow. I certain hope Leggette is on which team of White House STEM kids. In the meantime, his resourcefulness can do only satisfactory. After all, he’s the one who got the thought to ask a company for a donated 3D printing device in exchange for kid-based product feedback. And guess what? He got his printing device. Leggette in addition attends the Digital Harbor Foundation’s after-school program where he already attends a 7-week website development class aimed at his age group of “Mini Makers.”

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These are all great opportunities for a child expanding up at the intersection of negative neighborhood police violence and positive and supportive community education programs. Leggette’s mom, Stephanie, explains which she home-schools her child for the reason the Baltimore schools wouldn’t accept him early due to his November birthday. Now she acunderstandledges which he is truly gifted. He learned to read when he was three, taught himself to multiply by noticing the patterns of 5 on his own, and now, he is advising the White House education policy.

No doubt his White House trip can be only one of most memorable experiences for this young maker who aspires, in his own words, to “be a programmer who programs robots and makes artificial organs.” Why this particular focus? Leggette explains: “I see elderly folks come down the street, and I want to assist them.”

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Watch the video of Leggette’s visit to the White House at a lower place. Discuss in the Nine-Year-Old 3D Prints forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Images: Digital Harbor Foundation]