President Obama at the 2013 White House Science Fair
Last year, Discovery attended the White House Science Fair, and this year, we’re inviting fans to join in the fun with a live White House broadcast and Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip.
On Tuesday, President Obama will host the White House Science Fair, celebrating the remarkable achievements of student science fair winners and extraordinary kid innovators from across the country. As a strong advocate for STEM education, Discovery is involved in many elements throughout the day.
As the event kicks off Tuesday morning, Kari Byron, Discovery Channel’s MythBusters and Science Channel Star, will join Bill Nye on the White House lawn for a live tour of the Science Fair at 10am, broadcast on whitehouse.gov/live. Winners of Discovery Education’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology and the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will have exhibits on the floor.
Later in the morning, Kari will help transport students from around the country to the White House for a virtual field trip as part of Discovery Education’s Of the People: Live from the White House webinar series. Open to classrooms nationwide, the webinar will inspire students nationwide to learn about STEM, highlight the valuable role of mentors in STEM education, and celebrate the remarkable achievements of America’s next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors and innovators.
Kari Byron will kick off the webinar with an exclusive clip from her show Head Rush, which was created to inspire and excite viewers about the wonders of science and show how science is a vital part of their everyday lives.
Following the demonstration, Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls, and Byron will lead a discussion between David Etzwiler, chief executive officer of the Siemens Foundation and student Frederick Lang, a national finalist in the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. David Etzwiler and Lang will discuss the critical role that mentors can play in students’ academic success, particularly in STEM fields.
The field trip will end with a panel discussion about the importance of STEM education featuring Byron, Lang, Etzwiler, Tina Tchen, and Eric Schwarz, Executive Chairman of US2020, a multi-year mentoring effort that aims to match 1 million STEM mentors with students at youth-serving nonprofits by the year 2020. During the live broadcast, young people across the country will have the opportunity to submit questions for the panelists on Twitter using the hashtag, #OfthePeople.
To register for this event or submit questions for the panelists, visit: http://www.discoveryeducation.com//Live/of-the-people-white-house-science-fair-featuring-mythbuster-kari-byron.cfm.
To follow the White House Science Fair, follow #whScienceFair on Twitter – we’ll also be sharing live updates from the Discovery Communications (@DiscoveryComm) and Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.