Obama Announces New STEM Pledges

Article: Obama, wowed by young scientists, announces new STEM pledges

Posted at BostonHerald.com
By Associated Press
Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this article.
[White House Science Fair Event]
“35 young science fair winners…came to the White House Monday to showcase breakthroughs ranging from spinal implants to carbon-dioxide powered batteries to a keystroke identity system that can backup computer password securities.
“Obama used the science fair event to highlight private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math. He announced more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year’s fair is focused on diversity.
“The pledges the president announced include a $150 million philanthropic effort to encourage promising early-career scientists to stay on track and a $90 million campaign to expand STEM opportunities to underrepresented youth, such as minorities and girls. Altogether, the new STEM commitments have brought total financial and material support for these programs to $1 billion.
“Obama launched “Educate to Innovate,” his effort to encourage the study of science, technology, engineering and math, in 2009.”

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