FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2012
Contact: Cathleen Healy, 202-524-4381
WASHINGTON, DC – Fountain-Fort Carson High School (CO) student Arimus Wells will be among a group of students from across the nation who will participate in the White House Science Fair on Feb. 7. Wells credited the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) for providing his school access to Advanced Placement math, science and English courses and said the AP classes have “greatly benefited my academics by providing me with the ability to exercise my intellect and think critically about various issues.” He plans to pursue a degree in urban planning and public policy with a minor in business administration.
Students such as Wells exemplify the “extraordinary accomplishments made possible when students are exposed to high-quality, engaging and hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities,” said Linda Rosen, CEO of CTEq, a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of STEM learning in the United States. The NMSI program was made possible through the financial support of CTEq-member company ExxonMobil.
President Obama plans to deliver remarks during the Science Fair to an audience of students, science educators and business leaders on the importance of STEM education to the country’s economic future.
The Feb. 7 event will be live streamed from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (ET) on whitehouse.gov/live. Coverage will also be available on Twitter (#WHScienceFair, and @whitehouseostp and @whitehouse).
Change the Equation (CTEq) is an unprecedented non-profit non-partisan initiative of business leaders who are connecting and aligning their philanthropy and advocacy to transform science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States. www.changetheequation.org.