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We the Geeks: Women Role Models.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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We the Geeks: Women Role Models

 

Danielle Carnival
March 18, 2014
02:48 PM EDT

 

Ma’kese Kesley takes a picture as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the second White House Science Fair in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 7, 2012. Join Ma'kese and others for a "We the Geeks" hangout this Thursday. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Ma’kese Kesley takes a picture as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the second White House Science Fair in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 7, 2012. Join Ma’kese and others for a “We the Geeks” hangout this Thursday. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

In order for the United States to continue to lead the world in innovation and reap the health, security, and economic benefits offered by cutting-edge discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), we must engage the Nation’s full talent pool in these growing fields, including America’s girls and women.

 

On Thursday, March 20th at 1:00pm ET, the White House will host another episode of “We the Geeks”, this time focused on “Women Role Models”. Tune in to this Google+ Hangout to hear from women and girl STEM leaders as they share their stories and advice to inspire the next generation of young women to discover their inner geeks and become the inventors and leaders of tomorrow. You’ll hear from an all-star line-up, including:

 

 

Viewers can join the conversation by asking questions on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks. And you can view the hangout Thursday at 1pm ET by visiting www.WhiteHouse.gov/WeTheGeeks.

 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, and in addition to this We the Geeks, we at the White House have targeted a series of activities aimed at increasing the participation of women and girls in STEM.Research shows that outstanding women mentors and role models can break down stereotypes and help girls believe—by seeing—that they too can succeed in STEM education and careers.   And so, we have a number of exciting activities lined up, throughout March, to showcase exceptional STEM women who can serve as role models to young people, especially girls, and inspire them to excel in STEM education and careers.

 

As an early kick-off, last Tuesday, OSTP’s Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs Patricia Falcone participated in an event around the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, hosted by the U.S. National Council-UN Women. At this event in New York City, Dr. Falcone joined an exceptional group of women to amplify a call to action for external organizations and companies to join the Administration’s efforts in this domain, in particular through the work of the White House Council of Women and Girls (CWG) and the White House Working Families Summit planned for later in 2014.And next week, on Monday, March 24, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Women’s Business Council will host a Twitter Q&A to answer questions focused on helping women in STEM fields move from the lab to launch their own companies, including advice from women who have successfully made this transition.

 

In addition, throughout March, the CWG has published a series of blog posts highlighting progress to meet the CWG’s charge to ensure that the needs of women and girls are taken into account across Federal agencies in the policies they draft, the programs they create, and the legislation they support, while underscoring that more work needs to be done.  Each day this week you can read about the incredible work being done through blog posts by NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Departments of Energy and Transportation, among others, here.

 

Outside of Women’s History Month activities, the Obama Administration continues to take steps to ensure that America’s innovators, scientists, and engineers tap into our Nation’s full talent pool of stellar STEM women, including by promoting educational programs and environments that encourage the participation of women and girls in STEM fields; increasing opportunities for STEM mentorship to support young women throughout their STEM careers; and raising the profile of accomplished women and girls in STEM through digital platforms at the White house, and across agencies (check out  Women@NASA and Women@Energy).

 

Check back right here throughout the remainder of March for more information about ways we are working to inspire the next generation of women and girl STEM innovators and share your own story about being amazing women and girls in STEM online using #STEMwomen.

 

Danielle Carnival is a Senior Policy Advisor at OSTP

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Potpourri: We’re ALL Ovah The Place.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The White House Blog

 

A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed

 

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February 21, 2014
02:01 PM EST

 

As part of his plan to build an economy where everybody who is willing to work hard and take responsibility can get ahead, President Obama is focused on doing everything we can to create new jobs here in America – while also connecting more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

 

That’s why this week the administration announced the availability of applications for $150 million in “Ready to Work Partnership” grants designed to help those facing long-term unemployment upgrade their skills and build bridges to jobs in growing areas like information technology and advanced manufacturing. These competitive grants will support partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America’s public workforce system that not only continue building the pipeline of skilled workers, but do so by helping the long-term unemployed overcome some of the barriers they face in finding jobs.

 

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The simple fact is that as our economy has recovered, the long-term unemployed still face particular challenges in getting back to work. Even as the overall unemployment rate has fallen, the long-term unemployed rate remains near its historic highs. And research shows that even when the long-term unemployed have the same – or even greater – experiences and skills in their field, they are less likely to get called back for interviews than workers who have been out of work for shorter periods of time.

 

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We the Geeks: Celebrating Black History Month

 

Knatokie Ford and Sean Jones
February 21, 2014
12:45 PM EST

 

We at the White House couldn’t be more excited to celebrate Black History Month by highlighting some of our nation’s most prominent and promising African American science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) achievers and shining a light on the importance of ensuring the Nation’s next generation of inventors, discoverers, and innovators fully reflects the diversity of America.

 

President Obama with Evan Jackson, Alec Jackson, and Caleb Robinson at the White House Science Fair, April 22, 2013President Barack Obama talks with Evan Jackson, 10, Alec Jackson, 8, and Caleb Robinson, 8, from McDonough, Ga., while looking at exhibits at the White House Science Fair in the State Dining Room, April 22, 2013. The sports-loving grade-schoolers created a new product concept to keep athletes cool and helps players maintain safe body temperatures on the field. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

Members of racial and ethnic minority groups are projected to become the majority of America’s population in the next 30 years. Today, however, they account for just 28 percent of America’s STEM workers. We know that for America to remain competitive in a global economy, we need to do all we can to draw upon the nation’s diverse talent pool, which includes historically underrepresented groups in STEM, such as women and minorities.

 

That’s why, next week, OSTP is hosting and participating in a series of activities to highlight diverse STEM role models and the urgent need to help minority students across the country envision themselves as tomorrow’s discoverers, explorers, developers, and STEM innovators.

 

To kick off our week of activities, join us Tuesday, February 25 at 3:00 pm EST for “We the Geeks: Celebrating Black History Month” 

 

In this Google+ Hangout, some of the Nation’s most extraordinary African American STEM innovators and STEM-education advocates will share their inspiring personal stories and thoughts on how we can all step up to help strengthen America’s STEM-skilled workforce by making it broader and more diverse.

 

 

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Remarks by the President before Meeting with Democratic Governors

 

President Obama, Vice President Biden and others meet with members of the Democratic Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21

President Obama, Vice President Biden and others meet with members of the Democratic Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21

 

 

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5 things you should know about Obamacare

 

 

 

Get Covered: An Assist from Mayor Kevin Johnson

 

 

 

Get Covered: A Special Message from the President

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases February 21, 2014

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

 

Readout of the Obama Administration’s Meeting with Governors Inslee, Malloy, O’Malley, and Quinn on Minimum Wage

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

 

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West Wing Week 02/21/14 or “Don’t Make Small Plans, Make Big Plans”

 

 

 

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Jordan Davis Parents ‘He Will Pay’ FULL 15 Min Interview Last Word w Lawrence O’Donnell

 

Published on Feb 19, 2014

Jordan Davis Parents ‘He Will Pay’ FULL 15 Min Interview Last Word w Lawrence O’Donnell

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, the parents of Jordan Davis, reacted to the verdict that convicted Michael Dunn of second-degree murder but not first-degree on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show Wednesday night.

 

 

 

Loud Music Trial Juror Speaks Out

 

Published on Feb 18, 2014

Juror in the Michael Dunn murder trial said the jury was deadlocked almost immediately.

 

 

 

Juror breaks her silence on Dunn trial

 

Published on Feb 20, 2014

 

 

In Case You Missed This Series….Black History Month 2014 Presents: Celebrating Black History Month; The Black History Moment Series.

 

Throughout the month Of February, TheObamaCrat™ will post a daily series called The Black History Moment Series. Each day for 28 days of this historic month you will be given the food of Black History to satisfy your hunger for knowledge. Below you’ll find Series installments 1 through 22.

 

 

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This has been a week of "firsts" for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" — including a visit from the first lady of the United States. But Michelle Obama did more than a traditional interview: She joined comedian Will Ferrell and Fallon for "Ew!" — one of the most popular sketches from Fallon's "Late Night."

This has been a week of “firsts” for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” — including a visit from the first lady of the United States. But Michelle Obama did more than a traditional interview: She joined comedian Will Ferrell and Fallon for “Ew!” — one of the most popular sketches from Fallon’s “Late Night.”

 

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The 3rd Annual White House Science Fair


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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President Obama seeks to promote education, specifically science and math education.

 

The president hosts the annual White House Science Fair, honoring students who won “STEM competitions” — in science, technology, engineering, and math — from across the country.

 

POTUS Obama first hosted the science fair in 2010, the idea being that winners of education contests should be treated like sports champions.

 

On Monday, April 22 President Obama hosted the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair, celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

 

This year’s Science Fair featured 100 students from more than 40 states and represent 45 different competitions and organizations that recognize the talents of America’s next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors and innovators. Students are showcasing projects ranging from economically-viable algae biofuel to a robot that paints with watercolor to a computer program that improves cancer detection and many more.

 

The White House schedule cites this Obama quote: “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.”

 

For a full list of the exhibits that the President will see, as well as more information on all the students, competitions, and organizations being honored, click here.

 

 

 

2013 HIGHLIGHTS

“Live from the White House Science Fair with LeVar Burton and Bill Nye

 

Published on Apr 22, 2013

LeVar Burton, Bill Nye and Cristin Dorgelo interview young innovators at the 3rd White House Science Fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“President Obama Speaks at the 2013 White House Science Fair”

 

Published on Apr 22, 2013

The White House Science Fair celebrates the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

April 22, 2013

Remarks by the President at the 2013 White House Science Fair

 

 

 

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President Obama holds a rocket created by Wesley Carter and Darius Hooker, students at Wooddale High School located in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

 

 

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President Obama is amazed by the Robot “Vator” created and presented by Victoria Flechter, Rush Lyons, and Thomas Shields from St Vincent de Paul, located in Theodore, Alabama.

 

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President Obama looks at the COOL PADS for shoulders, helmet, armpits and groin created by the trio of Evan Jackson, Alec Jackson and Caleb Robinson, from Flippen Elementary School, McDonough, Georgia, during the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair.

 

 

 

Barack Bicycling: Bicycle-Powered Emergency Water-Sanitation Station

 

 

 

 

 

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President Obama rides a bicycle-powered emergency water-sanitation station, created by high school students Payton Karr and Kiona Elliot from Oakland Park, Florida.

 

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President Obama on the Equal Futures Partnership App Challenge

 

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President Obama issued a challenge before the United Nations General Assembly in September 2011 to break down barriers to women’s political and economic empowerment.In response to this challenge, on September 24, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the Equal Futures Partnership on behalf of the United States along with 12 other founding members (Australia, Benin, Bangladesh, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Jordan, the Netherlands, Peru, Senegal, and Tunisia; as well as the European Union).

 

Multilateral stakeholders including UN Women and the World Bank, and leading businesses and non-profit institutions also pledged support for the partnership. The goal of the Equal Futures Partnership is for women to participate fully in public life and to lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth. Part of the partnership call to action was an app challenge to create apps that encourage political empowerment in girls. Learn more athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/cwg

 

 

 

 

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The Daily Word From Barack’s House


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Watch: Science at the White House

 

Today, President Obama will host the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

 

This year’s Science Fair will showcase student projects like an economically-viable algae biofuel, a robot that paints with watercolor, a computer program that improves cancer detection and many more.

 

Watch the event at 11:30 a.m. ET on WhiteHouse.gov/ScienceFair.

 

 

Announcing the 2013 White House Science Fair

 

 

 

 

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Visit WhiteHouse.Gov/ScienceFair on April 22nd to see live coverage, interviews and highlights from the 2013 White House Science fair.

 

 

 

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In Case You Missed It

 

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:

 

Weekly Address: America Stands with the City of Boston
President Obama speaks to the American people about the act of terror at the Boston Marathon that wounded dozens and killed three innocent people on Monday, and says that through it all, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted and Americans have proven they refuse to be terrorized.

 

President Obama: “We’ve Seen the Character of Our Country Once More”
President Obama commends the response from the state and local police and federal investigators after law enforcement makes an arrest in the Boston Marathon bombings.

 

West Wing Week: 04/19/13 or “Selflessly. Compassionately. Unafraid.”
Last week, the President responded to the terror attack in Boston, met with AmeriCorps volunteers, invited the Wounded Warrior riders to the White House, and for the first time, asked a citizen to deliver the weekly address.

 

 

Today’s Schedule

 

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

 

10:45 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.

 

 

12:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney.

 

 

1:35 PM: The President views science fair projects.

 

 

2:25 PM: The President delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair.

 

 

2:50 PM: The President observes a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security team to discuss developments in the Boston bombings investigation, in the Situation Room of the White House, April 19, 2013. Pictured, from left, are: FBI Director Robert Mueller; Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Attorney General Eric Holder; Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken; and Vice President Joe Biden. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

April 20, 2013

Weekly Address: America Stands with the City of Boston

 

 

April 19, 2013

Statement by the President

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

April 22, 2013

President Obama Signs Texas Emergency Declaration

 

 

April 22, 2013

President Obama Signs Massachusetts Disaster Declaration

 

 

April 22, 2013

Readout of the President’s National Security Council Meeting Today

 

 

April 20, 2013

Statement by the President on the Re-election of President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy

 

 

April 19, 2013

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin

 

 

 

 

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Announcing the 2013 White House Science Fair


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Announcing the 2013 White House Science Fair

 

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Visit WhiteHouse.Gov/ScienceFair on April 22nd to see live coverage, interviews and highlights from the 2013 White House Science fair.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Live: 2013 White House Science Fair

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

April 20, 2013

 

 

On Monday, April 22, President Obama will host the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

 

This year’s Science Fair will showcase students projects such as economically-viable algae biofuel, a robot that paints with watercolor, a computer program that improves cancer detection and many more.

 

To learn more about the White House science fair, check out the video above, and be sure to tune in Monday, April 22 starting at 11:30 am EDT, right here at wh.gov/sciencefair, to watch the event live.

 


 

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Ed. note: Watch the Science Fair live in this blog post (wh.gov/sciencefair), or at wh.gov/live, beginning at 11:30 am EDT on Monday, April 22, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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