In a bid to encourage students from underrepresented groups to make their career in science & tech, US President Barack Obama will be highlighting the advantages of pursuing education in science, technology, engineering and math also elaborating upon the efforts taken by the private-sector in enriching the field.
Obama will be addressing the White House Science Fair on Monday where over 35 teams of student will put their projects on display.
At the event, the President will announce over USD 240 million in pledges in a bid to bolster the education system in these fields, which is commonly known as STEM.
The theme of this year’s White House Science Fair is focused on diversity.
According to the sources, Obama will talk about the new commitments that have brought the total material and financial support for these programs to USD 1 billion.
The pledges slated to be announced by the President include a USD 150 million effort by the philanthropists to encourage the promising scientists who are in their early-career to stay on track and a USD 90 million expansion campaign for STEM opportunities to the youths, mainly minorities and girls, belonging to the underrepresented class.
Over 100 universities and colleges have be committal to training 20,000 engineers, while a team of chief executive officials have promised expansion of high-quality education programs in STEM to cater an additional 1.5 million students in 2015.
In 2009, Obama had unveiled “Educate to Innovate” program as an effort to boost education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.