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Beatty Robotics at the White House

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

In 2014, President Obama invited my sister and I to the White House! It was amazing to walk into the White House and set up our robots in the Grand Foyer. The President and many others came through to talk with us and see our robots, including cabinet members, senators, CEOs of tech companies, deans of universities, and techno-dignitaries from across America. We met and talked with the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), top officials from NASA and the Navy (who tried to recruit me!), Dean Kamen (inventor of Segway, FIRST Robotics, etc.), Dale Dougherty (Founder of MAKE Magazine & Maker Faire), and many others.  The famous rapper/activist will.i.am drove our Mars Rover around the White House! But the best part was when everyone poured into the East Room and the President gave a big speech to the nation. He talked about my sister and I as shining examples of American entrepreneurialism. When he asked my sister and I to standup, the whole room burst into applause. It was awesome. —Camille

Genevieve and I in front of our robot exhibit in the Grand Foyer of the White House…

Our robot exhibit in the Grand Foyer of the White House…

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Genevieve and I with Dale Dougherty, founder of Make Faire, publisher of MAKE Magazine, and CEO of Maker Media.

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Beatty Robotics in front of the famous portrait of JFK in the White House.

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Hundreds of dignitaries and VIPs attended the event. Here, Genevieve is explaining the technical details of the robots to one of the visitors.

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The famous rapper/activist will.i.am is committed to science education in the inner cities, so he was one of the people who dropped by our exhibit. We taught will.i.am. how to drive the Mars Rover and our Aluminalis robot around the Grand Foyer of the White House! will.i.am showed intense interest and knowledge in the technology of robots and we talked in detail about his involvement in FIRST robotics and other society-oriented initiatives.

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Here is me making a little electronic tweak to one of the robots while Genevieve talks with one of the visitors…

 

It was a great honor to be invited to the White House and to be part of this historic event. We would like to thank the New York Hall of Science for their encouragement and support, and for lending us their “Genevieve” Mars Rover for a few days. We would also like to thank the staff at the White House, all of whom were warm, welcoming, and excellent to work with. I would also like to thank my mom for remembering to take pictures with her iPhone during the exciting chaos of the event.

Comments (17)

  1. Peter
    June 19th, 2014

    This totally rocks!

  2. David Hofer
    June 19th, 2014

    Truly inspirational. I am proud to know the Beatty family.

    David

  3. Peggy Daniels
    June 20th, 2014

    Camille and Genevieve,
    Carolina Day School is very proud of you! Keep up the exciting work you are doing.

  4. Becca Heskamp
    June 20th, 2014

    ¡Super impresionante! ¡Enhorabuena chicas!

  5. Diane Milner
    June 20th, 2014

    Dear Genevieve and Camille,
    WOW! What an amazing opportunity! I am so proud of you two and I am thrilled that our president is recognizing the gifts of your creative minds and the ideas you both have! Let’s plan to share this thrilling trip with our CDS students when we return to school. i can’t wait to hear more about this.

    Diane Milner

  6. Aunt Sarah
    June 20th, 2014

    We could not be prouder of you guys !!! I have emailed this to everyone I know and have been bragging because we are related to these amazing girls 🙂

  7. John Douglas
    June 20th, 2014

    Wow, Genevieve and Camille, you all are great ambassadors for young people from our community and the world. I bet it was really cool, although a little nerve racking.

  8. Drew Flint
    June 20th, 2014

    Rob:

    It’s truly amazing where following one’s dreams can take you. What you and the girls have built here is simply amazing. You are an inspiring example to follow.

    Drew

  9. Todd S.
    June 22nd, 2014

    This is great, but for someone whose been following this site, can’t say I am surprised! In fact, the future probably holds even greater successes for these two wonderful girls.

  10. Andrew Terranova
    June 23rd, 2014

    What a wonderful experience! Congratulations to the entire Beatty family.

  11. Mark Symonds
    June 23rd, 2014

    What a great experience for you all! Congrats on excelling in multiple careers and inspiring and coaching your daughters to great achievement.

  12. NYSCI | “Genevieve” Mars Rover Visits White House for First Time
    June 23rd, 2014

    […] See photos from the exciting day on the Beatty Robotics blog here. […]

  13. Sam Ng
    June 23rd, 2014

    What a amazing experience in the Maker fair in White House! Congratulations to the Betty Robotics! I hope Hong Kong should have similar fair in Government House soon….~~

  14. Kenneth Maxon
    June 30th, 2014

    Understanding that wearing capes in the White House is not considered fashionable these days, even without them the three of you are still quite clearly superheroes!

  15. Dawn Medici
    July 2nd, 2014

    Wow this is amazing! Great job girls. So proud of you.

  16. Tony Miller
    July 8th, 2014

    Truly inspirational!!!

  17. sudarsan chokkara
    July 10th, 2014

    What a great and wonderful your experience.so proud of you.

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