The White House, as part of their initiative to promote STEM, hosted a science fair last week honoring talented youth and achievers in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As part of the event, the president announced a $35 million Education Department competition to aid his goal of training 100,000 teachers. He also announced a “major expansion of STEM AmeriCorps,” in order to improve STEM education for 18,000 low-income students.
The president also spoke of mentoring programs springing up across the country in which students and employees at over 200 companies including Cisco, Chevron, and others collaborate to share knowledge and bridge the skills gap.
“Superstar biologists and engineers and rocket scientists and robot-builders, they don’t always get the attention that they deserve,” said Obama, “but they’re what’s going to transform our society.”