This afternoon, President Obama will host the sixth and final White House Science Fair of his Administration and welcome student competitors and winners from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions. President Obama established the tradition of the Science Fair in 2010 to help honor and inspire students in STEM. This year's event will be the largest White House Science Fair to date, with more than 130 students from more than 30 states, as well as student alumni from each of the prior five White House Science Fairs.
You can tune in to watch the Science Fair live from 1:00 – 3:00 PM ET at obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/live, and we encourage you to participate on social media using the hashtag #WHScienceFair. For more ideas and examples on how you can get involved and celebrate science in your own community, click here.
The Science Fair is part of the Administration’s celebration of a #WeekOfScience from April 11-17, which includes not only the White House Science Fair, but also representation from more than 70 Federal agencies at the USA Science and Engineering Festival—which will bring more than 350,000 students and adults to Washington, D.C.—and President Obama’s participation as a guest presenter on the Science Channel’s science news segment every weekday night. Click here to learn more.
Approximately 40 student teams will have the opportunity to exhibit their projects at the White House during the Science Fair. Exhibitors include:
Click here to learn more about the students participating in this year’s Science Fair.
At the Science Fair, the President will also highlight the growing community of education, business, and nonprofit leaders who have responded to his State of the Union call to give every child the opportunity to learn computer science (CS), as well as his overall “Educate to Innovate” campaign to ensure all students have the tools to be innovators and problem-solvers. Today’s announcements include:
Today’s STEM announcements also mark progress on the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and the efforts of the Council on Women and Girls to build ladders of opportunity for all young people, including populations underrepresented in STEM; incorporate STEM into the Administration’s push to expand high-quality early-childhood education; and advance the Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect all American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change. Full details on all of today’s announcements can be found here.