The President has said that learning science and math “… goes beyond the facts in a biology textbook or the questions on an algebra quiz. It's about the ability to understand our world.” He made these comments last year at the launch of the Administration’s Educate to Innovate campaign to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
At the 2010 White House Egg Roll yesterday, preschoolers and students had the opportunity to learn some science, with the South Lawn of the White House as their laboratory setting. Some dissected seeds, looked through a microscope, and thought about how plants grow. Some made simple box kites from paper bags, and thought about what makes a kite fly. All had fun exploring the world around them.
These and other STEM activities were the result of a month of planning by OSTP and key partners in science and media, including:
All in all, an egg-ceptional time was had by all.
Kumar Garg is a Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy