By WRAL Tech Wire STEM News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first White House Science Fair was in October 2010. The second is Tuesday.

President Barack Obama will host the second White House Science Fair of his term this week to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

At the fair, the president will view exhibits of student work, ranging from breakthrough research to new inventions, followed by remarks to an audience of students, science educators and business leaders on the importance of STEM education to the country’s economic future.

The first-ever White House Science Fair in late 2010 fulfilled a pledge he made at the launch of his “Educate to Innovate” campaign that year to inspire students to excel in math and science.

As the President noted then, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, 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.”

Obama will likely use the occasion on Tuesday to announce key steps that the administration and its partners are taking to help more students excel in math and science and earn degrees in these subjects.

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