If you weren’t able to be at the last White House Science Fair, the White House has some video for you. As is now custom (one I hope will continue), the White House has a video where staff talk with some of the kids exhibiting at the Fair.
There is also video of the President’s remarks.
If it’s not already clear, the White House Science Fair is effectively the tip of a policy iceberg for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. While it certainly raises the public profile of science, the acceptance and encouragement it provides students in these fields is likely more important. The numbers in this piece from the Harvard Political Review give some shape to the growth of the fair and the multiple STEM education policies the Obama Administration has implemented.
The White House Science Fair has often recognized top performers in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS), the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Google Science Fair. The Intel Science Talent Search announced its finalists in March, and the ISEF will announce its 2016 finalists in May. The Google Science Fair will close its 2016 competition cycle in May as well. Finalists will be announced in late summer.