By Adele Hampton - 02/07/12 05:46 PM EST
"It's young people like you that make me so confident that America's best days are still to come," Obama said Tuesday to a room of students, teachers and officials. "That's why when I took office I called for an all-hands-on-deck approach to science, math, technology and engineering. Let's train more teachers, let's get more kids studying these subjects, let's makes sure these fields get the respect and attention they deserve."
}Projects featured at the White House Science Fair weren't the average science fair entries. One student built a robot equipped with a camera and screen to help senior citizens communicate with family members, while another young lady invented sugar packets that dissolve in water, saving the planet millions of pounds in trash each year. She already has a $10,000 offer from MasterCard to get her idea off the ground.
"As I was walking around the science fair I was thinking back to when I was your age, and basically you guys put me to shame," the president said.
Obama also went on to mention the work of the private sector, highlighting a $22 million investment by companies like Google and the Carnegie Corporation in math and science programs.