Backed by chip-maker Intel, 40 young men and women chosen as 'Intel Science Talent Search 2009' finalists met with President Obama.

The Intel Science Talent Search encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions and develop the skills necessary to solve the problems of tomorrow.

This week in D.C. the students discussed their views on the role of math and science education in solving some of today's most important global challenges with the president.

The teenagers will impact the rest of their lives allowing them to make life-long friends, the possibility of a $100,000 college scholarship and mingling with the most brilliant minds of their generation.

What's cool is that President Obama is really on board in terms of supporting science education, said Intel Science Talent Search finalist Aniruddha Deshmukh from Cupertino, Calif., He said he's supporting policies that would increase funding towards science and education programs on a very large scale in the U.S. That's really key.

According to the company, over the past 67 years, Science Talent Search finalists have gone on to win seven Nobel Prizes, a Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Every year, over 1,600 U.S. high school seniors enter the Intel Science Talent Search, displaying their scientific skill through original research.

Intel Science Talent Search Finalists offered ideas for engaging young people in solving global problems.