The Associated Press’ Darlene Superville reports that President Obama paired the honors with a renewed pitch for encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
The President announced a new advisory board to solicit suggestions from youngsters on how the government can support budding scientists and innovators.
He also noted that the White House is “engaging in a lot of science and tinkering here” — including astronomy nights, hack-a-thons and code-a-thons, and science and maker fairs.
“It is fun. I love this stuff,” Obama said, noting that the events have allowed him to test some “cool stuff.”
“Immersing young people in science, math, engineering ... that’s what’s going to carry the American spirit of innovation through the 21st century and beyond,” Obama said at a White House ceremony where he awarded the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
The medals are the highest honors the U.S. bestows on its scientists, engineers and inventors.
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