Several student science-contest winners from the Philadelphia region were recognized by President Obama at the first White House Science Fair on Monday.
The fair, which showcased the work of 85 students, is part of the "Educate to Innovate" campaign aimed at moving U.S. students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade.
Among local students exhibiting at the fair were:
Raina Jain, a senior at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa., who won first place at the International BioGENEius Challenge for her research. She analyzed whether cells adhere better to rough or smooth surfaces of Bioglass, which could lead to improved bone implants.