President Obama Celebrates STEM Education and Innovation at White House Science Fair
On March 23, 2015 President Obama celebrated student winners from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions across the country at the 2015 White House Science Fair. Focusing on diversity and students from underrepresented backgrounds, the fair provided 35 student teams with the opportunity to exhibit their projects, ranging from spinal implant designs to new ways of harnessing algae to create biofuel. ULC's President and CEO Susan Benton attended the event.
As part of the Science Fair, President Obama announced over $240 million in new private-sector commitments to boost STEM programs for young people. The announcement is the latest in the President's Educate to Innovate campaign, which has raised over $1 billion over the last five years to support STEM education.
In a fact sheet outlining the President's announcement, the White House recognized the Urban Libraries Council and our library members' commitment to helping more students answer the President's "Nation of Makers" call to action.
"The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and its public library members are expanding their commitment to making technology-driven STEM education widely available to all students, including through its annual Innovations Initiative which recognizes individual library success and provides a growing database of leading practices."
Read the full fact sheet here.