Obama Boosts Science Education During White House Student Fair
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 91, Issue 43, page 395, 26 October 2010
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2010), Obama Boosts Science Education During White House Student Fair, Eos Trans. AGU, 91(43), 395–395, doi:10.1029/2010EO430003.(
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With the East Room of the White House flush with Nobel laureates and government officials, including freshly sworn-in U.S. National Science Foundation director Subra Suresh, President Barack Obama honored dozens of students who participated in a White House science fair on 18 October. The fair—many of whose participants have won other science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions—is part of a series of events that culminated 23–24 October in the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and at 50 satellite events around the country.
“We welcome championship sports teams to the White House to celebrate their victories,” Obama said, noting that the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, New Orleans Saints football team, and others have been to the White House. “I thought we ought to do the same thing for the winners of science fair and robotic contests and math competitions, because often we don't give these victories the attention that they deserve. When you win first place at a science fair, nobody is rushing the field or dumping Gatorade over your head [in celebration].”