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White House Unveils STEM Campaign

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The Obama administration will use the White House Science Fair and the USA Science and Engineering Festival to promote education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The festival has signed up 300 elementary schools as participants, as well as more than 850 corporations, trade associations, federal agencies, colleges, and universities. The festival will feature more than 1,500 interactive exhibits, 75 stage shows, and 50 satellite events in 25 states, and the administration hopes to reach more than 1 million people.

Meanwhile, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to launch the Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach program, which will donate design and fabrication tools to 1,000 high schools and offer prizes to student teams for designing and manufacturing go carts, mobile robots, and small unmanned vehicles. Another DARPA program will use games and computer simulations to personalize learning for 13-year-old students.

In addition, Change the Equation, a nonprofit launched to promote STEM in underprivileged communities, will sponsor a contest that will have companies create videos about the job opportunities for people who excel in math and science.

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