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Obama: STEM Education a Competitive Imperative

The president lent the full weight of his office to promoting basic education in science, technology, engineering and math today, plugging the so-called STEM subjects in remarks at the White House science fair.

But Obama's remarks were meant to serve as more than just a motivational address to educators and schoolchildren. He took pains to link STEM education with the ability of U.S. businesses, particularly in the high-tech sectors, to compete in the global economy of the 21st century. Datamation has the story on Obama's remarks from the White House.

WASHINGTON -- In an era when the winners and losers in the global economy are determined increasingly by their IT and scientific industries, the United States is falling dangerously behind on basic science, technology, education and math education, President Obama cautioned on Monday.

In an address in the East Room of the White House this afternoon, Obama spoke to students, teachers and business leaders about the importance of improving education in the so-called STEM subjects, announcing two new initiatives to further that objective.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Obama Looks to STEM Education to Drive IT, Economy