Mikayla Nelson, a Billings Central Catholic High School freshman, met President Barack Obama on Monday during a ceremony at the White House.
Nelson, representing the Will James Middle School team that she led during April’s National Science Bowl, showed Obama the small, carbon fiber car that she and her classmates designed and built for the competition. The car won the best design award.
Nelson spent several minutes explaining to the president how the car worked and how it was built.
“Well, we’re going to have to have you work for one of the auto companies to get them to design the next generation of cars. This is a good start,” Obama told her.
The trip is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, which hosts the National Science Bowl each spring in Washington, D.C. Nelson has attended twice.
Other members of the Will James team were Madi Yatch, Evan Quarles, Arianna Nord, Konner Howell and Kya Sorli. Their adviser is Will James teacher Pat Kenney.