Educate to Innovate: The White House Science Fair
| October 20, 2010
The Innovation Economy
On Monday, President Obama hosted the White House Science Fair as part of the Educate to Innovate campaign; an effort to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Check out a great excerpt from President Obama's speech below, along with video from The White House Blog:
...when you win first place at a science fair, nobody is rushing the field or dumping Gatorade over your head. (Laughter.) But in many ways, our future depends on what happens in those contests -- what happens when a young person is engaged in conducting an experiment, or writing a piece of software, or solving a hard math problem, or designing a new gadget.
It’s in these pursuits that talents are discovered and passions are lit, and the future scientists, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs are born. That's what’s going to help ensure that we succeed in the next century, that we're leading the world in developing the technologies, businesses and industries of the future.