Before delivering his remarks in the White House East Room, Obama made the rounds at the science fair, chatting with several of the student teams about their projects. In the course of those conversations, he asked each of the students how they became interested in science. Their responses, he said, made a powerful argument for promoting STEM education from the earliest stages of school.
"[T]here were a couple whose parents were in the sciences, but for the majority of them, there was a teacher, a mentor, a program -- something that just got them hooked," Obama said. "And it's a reminder that science is not something that is out of reach, it's not just for the few, it's for the many, as long as it's something that we're weaving into our curriculum and it’s something that we're valuing as a society."
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