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The 2014 White House Science Fair is Next Week and is Celebrating Girls Excelling in STEM

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Next week, robots will be taking over the White House! No, this isn’t the Matrix; they’ll be joined by students from around the country and their science projects for the 2014 White House Science Fair hosted by President Obama.

But it’s not just science being celebrated next week. This year’s Fair will include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.

The White House began hosting the Science Fairs back in 2009, as the President believes that, just as NCAA champions get a trip to the White House, “if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.” (Check out some of last year’s photos and videos from the 2013 White House Science Fair on

This is a great opportunity to highlight all the accomplishments that STEM education can bring to young students and the projects that they can design and implement. It’s also a great event to highlight all of the young women who participate in STEM programs and are leading the way in encouraging other young girls to follow in their footsteps.

There are so many opportunities and career choices that look for people with backgrounds in STEM. But sadly, according to a Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s Center on Education and the Workforce survey, despite a projected 2.6 million new jobs added to the workforce by 2023, only 24% of women will be looking to fill those positions. Ladies, it’s time to get those numbers up!

All this week, the White House will be previewing some of the amazing girls who will be presenting their projects at the Science Fair and to President Obama. According to, the President is committed to getting more underrepresented groups, including women and girls, excited to excel at STEM subjects. The Science Fair is the place to be this year to get excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities.

It’s our hope here at Dream It Do It Nebraska that this event will not only get more young women involved in STEM, but will start the process of getting every young student excited about STEM programs at their schools. We hope that next year, it will be YOUR project that takes center stage next to the President of the United States!

Photo credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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