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Girls at the Center of Obama's Science Push


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Girls performing a science experiment.

The special focus of this year's White House science fair will be girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Girls and women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields will be a special focus of the annual White House science fair.

The special focus on girls is part of the Obama administration's effort to ensure the sciences are accessible to all students.

The science fair is scheduled for May 27 at the White House, and more than 100 students from across the United States will participate in the event. About 30 student teams will demonstrate their work to President Barack Obama.

The president also will announce a new $35-million U.S. Department of Education competition to help create more math and science teachers, which will contribute to his goal of training more than 100,000 teachers in the sector. Obama also plans to announce an initiative to teach 18,000 low-income students about STEM issues through AmeriCorps, as well as a mentoring effort to expand children's exposure to math and science in seven cities.

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