WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) — A well-known lover of sports, President Barack Obama on Wednesday used a team analogy to describe his overriding feeling at this year’s White House science fair — American children need to get off the bench and into the game, when it comes to science and technology.
At an event he has called one of his most favorite, Obama welcomed dozens of children and their science projects at his residence Wednesday afternoon.
“Some of the best moments that I have had as president have involved science and our annual science fair,” he said.
“The only problem with the science fair is it makes me feel inadequate,” he quipped.
Obama toured various science exhibits set up around the White House, stopping to speak with their builders and encourage them to aim high in their goals.
One child, in fact, expressed his belief that the president of the United States ought to have a junior counterpart to the adult officials on the Council of Advisers on Science and Technology.
“Do you have a child science adviser?” the child asked.
“We’re going to follow up on that,” Obama replied.
The president said during Wednesday’s fair that he hopes more American children will start entering the fields of science and technology — particularly girls.
“The fact is, is that we have got to get more of our young women and minorities into science and technology, engineering and math, and computer science,” Obama said, recognizing a greater number of girls at this year’s event. “We are not going to succeed if we’ve got half the team on the bench, especially when it’s the smarter half of the team.”
Students between the ages of 9 and 18 attended Wednesday’s fair.