President Obama to Host White House Science Fair

October 18, 2010

On Monday, October 18th, President Obama will host the White House Science Fair celebrating the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. The President will view exhibits of these students’ work, ranging from breakthrough basic research to new inventions, followed by remarks to an audience of students, science educators and business leaders on the importance of STEM education to our country’s economic future.

The White House Science Fair fulfills a commitment the President made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign in November 2009 to inspire boys and girls to excel in math and science. As the President noted then, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.” The White House event will kick off a week that culminates with the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall and in over 50 satellite locations that is poised to draw more than a million people nationwide.

On October 24, the winner of the USA Science & Engineering Kavli Science Video Contest will be revealed in a science video extravaganza at the Baird Auditorium of the American Museum of Natural History. For the nationwide competition, students submitted short, original videos about "Why science is cool."

More Information

  • USA Science & Engineering Festival - Home Page
  • USA Science & Engineering Kavli Science Video - Home Page
  • USA Science & Engineering Kavli Science Video - Blog

(Original White House press release can be found here.

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