Science Fair Hosted at White House

President Obama hosted for the first time earlier this week the White House Science Fair to recognize young innovators and nationwide achievements in the field of STEM.  More than 80 high school students joined the president in demonstrating their inventions and even putting the president behind a new prototype steering wheel that deters drivers from texting while driving.

The Science Fair is part of the administrations Educate to Innovate initiative which was launched last November with the stated goal to “move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math,” over the next decade.  The initiative has already provided over $700 million towards STEM programs.

The event was in keeping with White House tradition of inviting national champions, except this time the championship was won not on the field but in classrooms, libraries, and science labs.  During the event, President Obama remarked that the students are being honored because they had the idea to “build something that has never been done before,” concluding that “That’s the power of science. That’s the promise of America.”

Posted by: Michael Darden

Sources: The White House, CNN

Photo credit: IMG_4461 courtesy of flickr user cerebus19

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