Earlier this week (February 7, 2012) President Obama hosted the second White House Science Fair. This event celebrated student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. As you are well aware if you have spent any time here at Why Science, we are HUGE fans of science fairs. Over 100 students representing 30 different student teams were chosen to attend this unique meeting with the President.
In addition to celebrating the participants, President Obama also announced several new initiatives to increase the number of students studying STEM subjects, and to prepare more math and science teachers to teach future engineers, inventors, and innovators. Here is quick highlight of those initiatives:
- A priority on undergraduate STEM education reform in the President’s upcoming budget, including a $100 million investment by the National Science Foundation to improve undergraduate STEM education practices.
- A new K-16 education initiative jointly administered by Department of Education and the National Science Foundation to improve math education.
- Commitments from private sector groups and coalitions to do more to get students excited about STEM-related.
- New policies to recruit, support, retain and reward excellent STEM teachers, along with an $80 million investment in the President’s upcoming budget to help prepare effective STEM teachers.
- A new $22 million investment from the philanthropic and private sector to complement the Administration’s teacher preparation efforts.
When students excel in math and science, they help America compete for the jobs and industries of the future,” That’s why I’m proud to celebrate outstanding students at the White House Science Fair, and to announce new steps my Administration and its partners are taking to help more young people succeed in these critical subjects.
As far as this STEM learning company is concerned, it was very nice to see that our President has made such a big effort to help support STEM education. While we do wholeheartedly agree that the STEM students of today are going to have an ever increasing role in the continually evolving economy of tomorrow, we also think it is really great to see our President using his capacity as the leader of our nation to send such a wonderful and inspiring message to all out students.
And yes, we very much look forward to seeing this tradition continue well beyond our current president’s time in office!
Image Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza