White House hosts science fair, Obama promotes math and science educators
President Obama hosted the second White House Science Fair on Tuesday.
Over 100 students from across the country that won various science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions gathered at the White House to be honored
“When students excel in math and science, they help America compete for the jobs and industries of the future,” President Obama said in a press release from the White House.
“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.”
The President also announced details of his upcoming budget proposal.
He plans to request $80 million from Congress for an Education Department competition to support STEM teacher training.
He also announced investments of $22 million from the philanthropic and private sector. Google, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Bill & Melinda Gates are just a few of the donors.
The Associated Press reports that the President was very proud of the student participants who created projects for the science fair.
“You’re getting America in shape to win the future,” Obama said.
“The belief that we belong on the cutting edge of innovation, that’s an idea as old as America itself,” Obama added. “We’re a nation of thinkers, dreamers, believers in a better tomorrow.”