The focus of this year's White House Science Fair includes the acknowledgment of girls and women who have excelled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content matter. The administration prospers to increase interest in those areas and substantiate gender ratios of the students who are studying them.
More than 100 students will attend the fair from 30 plus states. The projects will encompass a wide range from cancer and flu research to robots with the capability of searching for bodies in cold, treacherous waters.
Eight of the 12 projects the president will view were conducted by or collaborated by a woman on a team. Women hold less than a 25% of all STEM jobs, in spite of nearly half of the U.S. workforce and half of all American workers with college credentials.
As a component of the "Educate to Innovate" initiative the White House is announcing a new $35 million Department of Education strategy to further enhance the training of 100, 000 new STEM teachers, the improvement of science and math education for 18,000 low-income students, and a national STEM coaching effort launching in seven cities with technology, media and non-profit partnerships.