President Obama launches “National Week at the Labs” President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Obama is launching a version of “take your child to work day” focused on America’s science laboratories instead of its corporate workspaces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File/Thinkstock)
President Obama launches “National Week at the Labs”
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President Barack Obama is launching a version of "take your child to work day." It is focused on America's science laboratories. That is instead of its corporate workspaces.
 
It's part of Obama's effort to encourage young people, especially girls and minorities. The president wants more of them to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
 
More than 50 national labs in 20 states will open their doors to approximately 5,000 students. The labs hope to help spark interest by exposing the students to the scientists, engineers and lab employees who carry out important work and research at facilities in their communities.
 
The students include some from communities aligned with President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. They will participate in mentoring sessions. Those will include hands-on experiments and other activities. My Brother's Keeper is a public-private initiative. It was started by the President to help boys and young men of color stay on the right path. The White House Council on Women and Girls is also involved.
 
Obama's initiative is called "National Week at the Labs." It coincides with February's end of Black History Month and the start of Women's History Month in March.
 
"It's an exciting time to think about how we're pulling all the children of our country into technology and STEM and the jobs of the future," Megan Smith told The Associated Press. She is chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.
 
She said some 600,000 U.S. technology jobs, which pay significantly higher than the average salary, are unfilled.
 
Obama says it's good for the country when young people are excited about science.
 
"Being pro-science is the only way we make sure that America continues to lead the world," he told Popular Science magazine.
 
Obama started the annual White House Science Fair. He said budding scientists should be celebrated as much as Super Bowl football teams. The administration is also more than halfway toward his goal of training 100,000 new math and science teachers by 2021, he said.
 
"We want the next game-changing industry or life-saving breakthrough to happen right here in the United States," he said.

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  • jacks-6-bar
    3/03/2016 - 09:36 p.m.

    Two reasons why technology jobs are so important is that they help minorities with education and high salaries, and it will help the nation continue to lead the world. The article states that encouraging lab work is "part of Obama's effort to encourage young people, especially girls and minorities. The president wants more of them to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math." If the president would be stressing these fields to undermined groups such as these, it must benefit them, since, being the president, one of his many jobs is to keep the well-being throughout the nation. Fields like those mentioned actually do benefit groups as those; for one, they build on their education. Technology classes, STEM classes, etc. all are complex studies, but they force one to think, discover, and comprehend: exactly what knowledge truly is. If one is knowledgeable and competent, they can easily start bettered, improved careers, since countless, good jobs are always demanding that sort and ranges of work. Also, those very jobs are mainly and primarily quite generous with their pay, it being sometimes strenuous work for the mind. However, with more money comes more opportunity and proposer, which will benefit some of the groups the president mentioned.
    Not only are technology jobs important for the people, but they are crucial for the nation as a whole as well. For example, President Obama states: "Being pro-science is the only way we make sure that America continues to lead the world." America may have the number one military in the world, and it may be renowned as a land of prospering, free of poverty, but as far as education goes, the nation is mainly average. Of course, the ideal for education is to create people who are above average. This alone brings down the reputation of the U.S.; not many take it seriously sometimes because of that factor. Education is truly everything, and technology classes, being at the height of schooling, may help are nation get back on track to be significantly above average in that area, relative to other countries.
    This article was quite inspiring; I'm happy groups who cannot have proper education for whatever reason at least have the opportunity of finally schooling themselves in helpful, beneficial, technology classes. I'm flattered that the president was able to come up with, through his busy schedule, a program for the betterment of the people.

  • jilliand-3-bar
    3/03/2016 - 10:22 p.m.

    Technology jobs are so important because they are "jobs of the future". Since our future is going to include lots of technology, children should explore the jobs today. Technology jobs are also important because they "pay significantly higher than the average salary". With 600,000 U.S. technology jobs unfilled, there are many openings for young adults that are exploring these jobs. I thought this article was interesting because I did not know that there was a "National Week at the Labs".

  • seans-2-bar
    3/03/2016 - 11:41 p.m.

    Technological applications are so important because they are the future, as Barack Obama stated earlier, "being pro science is the only way we make sure America continues to lead the world". After all, simply farming will not improve the world, that is why we need the innovation found in technological advances. This was an interesting article, about a blooming subject.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    3/09/2016 - 11:10 p.m.

    I think that it is great that the kids are going to work and being exciting about science. President Obama says that it is good when young people are excited about science. Science used to be one of my favorite subjects but I don't like it that much anymore. Many labs in many different states will open their labs to students. There are some many interesting parts about science and sometimes the experimenting is a little fun. I hope that the kids will continue to be excited about science and do great things.

  • shaelyng-ver
    3/10/2016 - 02:57 p.m.

    I love that more women are stepping into science fields, in fact i would like to go into the medical field myself!

  • charliet-orv
    4/20/2016 - 12:46 p.m.

    So we can improve our lives. Also so we can encourage others to reach for the stars.

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