Engineering gets a boost from the president

President Obama will encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math.



The New York Times reports that President Obama "will announce a campaign Monday to enlist companies and nonprofit groups to spend money, time, and volunteer effort to encourage students, especially in middle and high school, to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math, officials say."

The initiative, "called Educate to Innovate, will focus mainly on activities outside the classroom. The other parts of the campaign include a two-year focus on science on 'Sesame Street,' the venerable public television children's show, and a Web site, , set up by Time Warner Cable, that provides a searchable directory of local science activities."

Also, the White House "has also recruited Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space, and corporate executives like Craig R. Barrett, a former chairman of Intel, and Ursula M. Burns, chief executive of Xerox, to champion the cause of science and math education to corporations and philanthropists."

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