The initiative aims to improve children's interest in science, math, engineering and technology.
President Obama is looking for new science advisors and is reaching out to children to fill the places.
Children from all over the country have been invited to submit their ideas in science, technology, engineering, and math as part of the Kids Science Advisors program.
The initiative is designed to encourage and cultivate the science-minded kids and funnel their focus into future inventions that could help create ideas for products and concepts.
“The real reason we do this, as I’ve said before, is to teach our young people that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl or the NCAA tournament that deserves a celebration; that we want the winners of science fairs, we want those who have invented the products and lifesaving medicines and are engineering our future to be celebrated as well.”
When it comes to math, the U.S. trails behind many other countries with rankings of 27th in math and 20th in science for the Program for International Student Assessment ranking from 2012. While in 2013 26 percent of eighth graders in the found to be below proficiency in math.
The government is also aiming to raise the number of math teachers and support staff to help nurture those children interested in the subject.
Speaking at a ceremony that honored winners of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Obama hopes the initiative will get more children interested in science math and technology.
“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,”